Saturday 11 January 2014

Non-houses in Plymouth and Devon

After my post about schools for sale, I thought I'd get even more exotic today with some unusual non-houses on the market.
First the warehouse above, overlooking Sutton Harbour, in Plymouth. One of two properties sent to me by Byron, from the agents selling it.
He emailed:
The property has been in the same family ownership since being built in the 17th Century as a warehouse to service visiting navy ships. A use which it is currently still used for, however with modern 24 hour deliveries there is no longer a need to have quite such a large building or to be so close to the sea thanks to the invention of the motor vehicle. 
Damn those motor vehicles!
It's a big building - almost 7,000sqft of space over three floors, so options for living above the shop - or restaurant, or bar ...

Built in 1847, the warehouse is Grade II listed with lots of original features and within the Barbican conservation area. It's POA, which could mean £gadzillions or something more reasonable - pdf details here.
Stratton Creber Commercial also have the former archive facility, below, for sale - within the redeveloped site of a Royal Navy hospital:

The Millfields, a mile or so outside Plymouth, was built in 1756 to an innovative open-plan design of eleven hospital buildings linked by colonnades in the hope that fresh air would chase away disease. A high wall and guards kept the sick sailors - including pressed men - inside.
The wall and 24-hr security has stayed as a feature of the gated complex, now redeveloped as residential and commercial spaces:

The former archive, Dudding Court, offers 10,600 sq ft of space over two floors and a basement, split into small rooms. It's on the market at £250k, pdf details here.
While we're in Plymouth, I thought I'd have a look at what else is up for sale. There's not a great deal on the City Council's property list (here) as I type, but worth checking back on. The former hostel, below, is worth a look if you're in the market for something big.

Originally a school, built in 1882, it has over 900 sqm across three floors, plus gardens and parking area, and has been designated for residential development. Offers by midnight, February 28th. PDF details here.
Finally, if you're more interested in properties outside Plymouth, Devon County Council property sales are handled by NPS group (Exeter office).
Not a lot available right now but, I did like this former school, in a lovely rural location a couple of miles from the village of Ashwater:

Over 2,300sqft in the main, two storey building, plus temporary classrooms, outbuildings, play areas and gardens. It's on the market at offers around £275k. PDF details here.