Unique Property Bulletin 16 June 2013

Water – Fire -Water – Fire

Grand Designs Water Tower

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The Water Tower, London (c) 2013 Knight Frank

A fantastic difference between our front page headline and the finished result?

First up for this week’s Bulletin theme of water-fire-water is a water tower. Not any old water edifice. Possibly the premier conversion in the whole of the UK. This is a very special episode of the Kevin McCloud television series Grand Designs.


The Kennington Water Tower has five bedrooms, plus “The Cube” addition – old and new side by side, and with some stunning style. It takes a little to get your head around what is where in this structure, so a decent floorplan is a must. Fortunately, the agency, Knight Frank, have obliged…..


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Thankfully A Private Lift Helps A Lot (c) 2013 Knight Frank

This truly unique home has lots of accommodation:-

5 Bedrooms

2 Reception Rooms

4 Bathrooms

Roof Terrace

London Location – With A Genuinely Exquisite 360 Degree Landscape View

Private Parking

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Wonderful Interior Design – Keeps The Original Features (c) 2013 Knight Frank

Agency Narrative: Converted Water Tower for sale in Zone One. An incredible conversion of a listed Venetian style water tower encompassing 5 bedrooms, each with a different theme, two reception rooms, one with panoramic views of London and an eat-in, contemporary designed kitchen.

The tower has an extension, nick named The Cube which houses the kitchen and reception room, as well as providing roof space for a fabulous terrace with skyline views. The Prospect Room at the top of the tower, in what was the original water tank, is the crowning glory of this monumental conversion. First class attention to detail in the entire property has been carefully considered by Sue Timney the well known interior designer.

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Premier Viewing Terrace – London Skyline (c) 2013 Knight Frank

The bathrooms, each with a personality of its own, have views and smart glass windows to switch between clear and opaque glass to ensure no view is unappreciated while privacy is retained when required. Excellent security, a gym, lift, cellar and a garage are added benefits

The tower has an extension, nick named The Cube which houses the kitchen and reception room, as well as providing roof space for a fabulous terrace with skyline views. The Prospect Room at the top of the tower, in what was the original water tank, is the crowning glory of this monumental conversion.

Location: The Water Tower, Dryden Court, Renfrew Road, Kennington, London, SE11 4NH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: Price Reduction from £6,500,000 to £4,750,000.

Contact Knight Frank Agencies Tel: 020 3597 7670 – Mr Matthew Smith.




Fire & Roses

Fire Station Rose

The Old Fire Station, Rose Road, Harbourne (c) 2013 Hadleighs

In tune with this week’s Bulletin and the water-fire theme, we have a fine looking former fire station conversion to study.

Agency Narrative: Exclusive apartment set in the Old Fire Station offering lounge, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and parking – within walking distance of High Street. Ideally situated within easy walking proximity of Harborne High Street offering numerous activities and amenities. Harborne High Street and is particularly convenient for access to excellent shopping facilities, social and recreational amenities and public transport services direct to the City Centre, via Five Ways and Broad Street with its National Convention Centre/Indoor Arena developments. The University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre are also close by and within easy reach as are the motorway network links.

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Really Nice Interior (c) 2013 Hadleighs

The Fire Station offers a unique opportunity an attractive two bedroom apartment set in the original fire station having been converted and comprises sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms, bathroom and allocated car parking space. The apartment has been tastefully refurbished and is located on the first floor with access via cast iron circular stairs leading to a glazed atrium and further to the panelled front door.

Location: The Old Fire Station 99 Rose Road Harborne Birmingham B17 9LW.

Tenure: Long Leasehold Apartment.

Guide: £229,950.

Contact Hadleigh Estate Agents Tel: 0121 427 1213.




Water Tower – With A Millennium View

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The Water Tower, Cardiff (c) 2013 Michael Graham Young

Continuing are variable water-fire-water theme, we have this wonderful conversion in Wales. There is a truly magnificent view atop this brilliantly unusual home – the National Millennium Stadium of Wales – Stadiwm y Mileniwm. This quality award winning house, designed from a former Water Tower, provides stylish and unique living space allowing in an abundance of natural light from the floor to ceiling windows.

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Fabulous Feature Bridge To The Water Tower (c) 2013 Michael Graham Young

The contemporary interior, combined with the classical features from the landmark Grade II listed building, creates an ideal space for modern living. The residence has been built to a high specification with a Total Home Technology System offering the ultimate lifestyle of comfort and convenience with state of the art lighting, music and sound system. The accommodation comprises kitchen/breakfast area, utility room, downstairs cloakroom, cinema room with surround sound system, lounge, versatile hallway, four bedrooms, two ensuites, bathroom and study. The stairs in the tower lead to a roof terrace with fantastic panoramic 360 degree views over Cardiff and towards the Bristol Channel and beyond. Outside there are landscaped and floodlit gardens accessed via electronic gates. This property must be viewed to fully appreciate the fusion between old and new architecture.

Water Tower Cyncoed 2 Dynamic Use Of Space (c) 2013 Michael Graham Young

This fabulous Cyncoed Water Tower conversion also highlights the location, location effect. It is similar in several ways to the Kennington Water Tower – even with it’s own “Cube” addition. However it is a third of the price. The decision on where you want to live is, of course a highly personal one. But there is also a significant variation in prices to be kept in mind.

Very useful floorplans…

Cyncoed Water Tower Floorplans

Thankyou Michael Graham Young Agencies. It is really helpful when agencies go to the effort of making floorplans available. More power to your elbow.

Water Tower Cyncoed 7 Your Millennium View (c) 2013 Michael Graham Young

Location: The Water Tower, 80 Cyncoed Road, Cardiff, CF23 5SH.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,250,000

Contact Michael Graham Young Agencies Tel: 029 2052 9026




Fine Fire Station Conversion

Fire Station Lodge Lane

The Old Fire Station, Hassocks, Brighton (c) 2013 Mansell McTaggart

We have featured a lot of fire stations, as, due to the economy, many are being sold off. It is nice to feature what one of these buildings can look like when they have been treated with a lot of TLC.

Agency Narrative: A fine conversion of the former Keymer Fire Station creating a lovely detached single storey 2/3 bedroom home close to the edge of the South Downs National Park and within a half a mile of Hassocks Village shops and in turn mainline railway station. The original engine room now provides a double aspect 24’9 x 12’ sitting/dining room with a high vaulted ceiling which opens into the newly fitted kitchen also boasting a vaulted ceiling. The property is completely rewired and plumbed and includes a new state of the art heating system. Outside there is a small South facing courtyard garden with views to the South Downs National Park. The frontage is landscaped and provides off street parking enclosed behind twin timber gates. The developers have left the choice of floor coverings to the purchaser with a number of options available.

Location: The Old Fire Station, 36 Lodge Lane, Keymer, Hassocks, Brighton, BN6 8LU.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £275,000.

Contact Mansell McTaggart Tel: 01273 843377.

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In Eire? Just Not Cricket!

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The Old Cricket Grounds, Dublin, Ireland (c) 2013 Wilsons

We had an email from a gentleman in Dublin. Why do we not feature property in Ireland. Well we do try all parts of the UK, but a large lump of Ireland did become separated a while back. Even so we have featured the odd coastguard station. Having been across to both Northern Ireland and also Eire many times, it is too near to miss out. So we have a small unusual offering for this week for one of our Irish readers. Apologies at the irony in it being a Cricket Pavilion, and a lovely 4 Acres to play with.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: The Old Club House Consists of: Main Area 24’ x 20’; Store Room 21’ x 10’; 2 x W/C’s.

At the other end of the grounds there is a small Stable Block. Plus services connected to water, and sewerage via a septic tank.

Location: The Old Cricket Grounds Knockbrack, Belgee, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

Guide: 65,000 Euros

Contact Wilsons Auctioneers Tel: +44 (0) 2890 342 626.

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Architect Island

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Island Architect, Castle Road, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Spence Willard

A slight variation on our normal water style properties. This time, plenty of water within the theme – just this building is a unique architect and owners imagination made real. With of course water. Have we mentioned water in this edition of the Bulletin yet 🙂 The key point is we have a unique home, but one which has been designed as a dedicated unusual one from the drawing board of the architect and the ideas of the owner – to be given true form and structure.

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Unique Architect Design, Isle of Wight (c) 2013 Spence Willard

Agency Narrative: A stunning contemporary house situated in a prime position within the heart of Cowes. Situated in a quiet yet central location within the Old Town, the house is set back about 100 metres from the waterfront. The Parade is a short walk down Bars Hill providing access to Trinity Landing and some of the country’s most prestigious yacht clubs, including The Royal Yacht Squadron, The Royal Corinthian and The Royal London Yacht Clubs. The elevated position provides superb sea views across the harbour entrance and The Solent. Cowes is world renowned for its sailing and yachting facilities and benefits from a good range of shops and restaurants. The Redjet ferry terminal is a short walk away providing regular high-speed (25 minutes) passenger ferry services to Southampton (with onward rail links enabling London Waterloo to be reached in less than 2 hours).

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That’s Your Ferry By The Way (c) 2013 Spence Willard

Location: Castle Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7QZ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,250,000.

Contact Spence Willard Island Agencies Tel: 01983 200 880.




and finally …..

Coastguard Tower, Co. Cork

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Coastguard Tower, Courtmacsherry, Bandon, Co. Cork (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

We received several positive emails in response to the try-before-you-buy listing last week. More would be appreciated was the general theme. So here we have another, and coincidentally a Coastguard Cottage. Minimum lease is one year. So you will well and truly have tried one of these unusual buildings out before making a serious commitment and buying a wreck or shell to renovate.

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