Thursday, 22 December 2016

Four terraced houses ripe for renovation

It occurred to me the other day that I've only ever lived in terraces. Houses, flats, frequently (as now) an end-terraced house, but always one in a similar row. That may be why in 'Wreck' I'm drawn to detached homes with land to breathe. 
It may also be why I'm constantly rebuilding, re-modelling my homes - extending, pushing outwards, making difference.
But it also occurred to me that I should celebrate the terrace do-up this week. Not only because that's my experience, but because so many of you write and tell me about how it was that tiny terrace renovation that got you started on the whole 'wreck of the week' thing. Here's Tony, for example:
I could fill a few blogs with my ventures - various updating jobs (the odd wall down here or there, the odd wall build there and here, etc., extensions, barn conversion, three-storey Georgian detached conversion, Burnley stone-terraced and another end-of-terrace that were in various stages of neglect.
Or Cheryl and hubby who doubled the size - and the value - of their 17th Century Cumbrian terraced longhouse in a herculean task:
It has been a long journey - the state of the house impacted on the houses o both sides. It is sandstone, built on red sand, no footings as such, two-foot-thick walls - some with huge tufts of horse hair/lime, a bit like wattles and daub. I thought someone had buried a cat in the wall as the "fur" looked dubious! ....On several occasions, we were about to throw the towel in but the resilience kicked in and we persevered. We consider this to be a huge achievement and we are delighted with the space.
So, on that positive note, here's a bundle of potential terraces for renovation.
Starting on the large side, and in one of my favourite seaside towns, is this five-bedroom terrace in Whitby, pictured top and below.
It is massive: two big reception rooms, a long hallway and a narrow kitchen downstairs; two big bedrooms and the bathroom on the first floor; three more bedrooms on the second floor, and two rooms in the attic!

It's also a checklist of big old Victorian terrace that the last owner was carried out of: piles of junk, check; left-behind family photos, check; scuzzy bathroom, check; period features and diamond-in-the-rough charm, check.

Front garden plus rear yard, and you probably have to stand on a  box to see the sea but at under £200k well worth investigating.
On the market through Bridgfords with a guide price of £190k. More here and here.
If that's a bit on the large side, how about this cute cottage - also in North Yorkshire - in Undercliffe, Pickering?

Two rooms downstairs, one bedroom and bathroom upstairs - about enough space to swing a cat or two. But the rooms are a decent size and the real attraction is in its big garden and outhouse, and the possibility they might offer to extend.

The Grade II-listed property is on the market through Boulton & Cooper at offers over £90k. More here and here.
Also with a big garden (and rather better maintained) is the Welsh cottage below, in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire.

Strictly speaking, Cleddau House is a semi rather than a terrace but surrounded by neighbours so I think it still counts.
Two reception rooms and large kitchen, plus walk-in pantry downstairs; three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs. There's an old conservatory, garage, hardstanding for cars front and to the side (necessary, the house sits on the A40) and that gorgeous garden.

On the market through JJ Morris with a guide price of £165k. More here and here.
And finally, I admit it's the wallpaper on the ceiling that drew me to this one:

Who would wallpaper a ceiling? In red flock?!
Not the prettiest cottage I've seen, and there's some weirdness about access and "drying rights" at the back, but a nice location in the Cumbrian village of Allithwaite, just a  couple of miles from the coast.

Three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs, two reception rooms (the 'dining room' was once a shop, hence two front doors), plus kitchen downstairs, and adjoining store/shed.
On the market through Hackney and Leigh at £140k. More here.

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Crazy properties; great potential, Norfolk & Suffolk

Couple of Southern crazies for you today (and no, I'm not talking trains). 
First the pricey but lovely detached Norfolk manor house, above and below, in the village of Low Common, about seven miles from Wymondham.
There are no internal pix but there is a floorplan (how does that work??) which shows a main house of good-sized living room, dining room, kitchen downstairs, plus three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.
Then this weird attached bit with three separate entrances to store, washroom and that extraordinary go-nowhere folly:

Then a bunch of big barns - big enough for a second house, and half-an-acre of land.

Lion Cottage is Grade II-listed and, according to the agent's blurb, lots of period stuff but needs work. Pictures of both would have been helpful...
On the market with a guide price of £375k through TW Gaze. Details here and here.
Also on the pricey-but-interesting property scale is the former malt roasting house, below, in the Suffolk village of Long Melford.

Fabulous middle-of-village location and great frontage, but a crazy mix of offices, workshops and industrial sheds. 
In its time, the 1920s building has hosted businesses from malt roasting to building to church organ restoration to dollshouse making. It's being sold with planning permission to turn it into one big house.

The detached building comes with a reasonable-sized parcel of land and parking area.
On the market through Bedfords at £400k. More here and here.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Manor houses with "issues" - Cumbria and Yorkshire

Two big, blousey, faded rural beauties for you today. One rather more 'faded' than the other.
Banks Foot House, above and below, is in a gorgeous location, close to Hadrian's Wall and about three miles from Brampton, Cumbria.
It's a semi - which I'd normally avoid - and a comparatively pricey semi, but I completely adore it. I think it's the bohemian, arty, music-y, tumbly-ness of the rooms. Have a look:

The house is Grade II listed and this is the first time it's been up for sale since it was built in the 1750s.
Downstairs is a handsome hall, two reception rooms, dining room, large kitchen, utility and two large cellars. Upstairs are four bedrooms and the bathroom on the first floor, and two large attic rooms above.

There are side and rear gardens and parking space (the neighbouring property is converted from Banks Foot's former outbuildings) and stunning views over the River Irthing valley.
The property clearly needs renovating and modernising, however you'll also need to add your own oil storage and septic tank (currently shared with neighbours) if you want to heat the house or flush the loo. I did say these were manor houses with "issues".
On the market through Hayward Tod with a guide price of £329k. Details here and here.
Utilities complexities aside, Banks Foot House is renovation walk in the park compared to Halsteads, at Thornton-in-Lonsdale, North Yorkshire:

Two buildings - the main house and a separate cottage, both Grade II listed, plus stables, gardens and private woodlands (about five acres of land), and a Grade II listed walled garden. Stunning.
But then it all goes a bit Jekyll and Hyde.
Reception room in three bed cottage:

Reception rooms in main house:

Kitchen in cottage:

Kitchen (and bedroom...) in main house:

Cottage exterior:

Main house exterior:

See what I mean? Split personality or what!
The earliest part of the main house dates from the 1600s and was added to and extended, particularly by the Foxcroft family in the 18th century.
The main house has been empty for some time (clearly) but the cottage is ready to move in.
It's on the market through Fisher Hopper by private tender at offers over £650k. Details here and brochure here.