Unique Property Bulletin 19 February 2012

House Island !

House Island (c) 2012 Waterside Estate Agents.


Otherwise known as Cedar House, 1 Park Way, Ferry Road, Horning, Norfolk, NR12 8BF. This is a relatively normal looking house, but in what is an amazing location. The first photograph makes it look like an island. For most boat lovers this is exactly what it is.

House Island (c) 2012 Waterside Estate Agents.

Whilst for those with a love of the water, the view from this house is also charming. Water and plenty of boats to mess around on. A wonderful way of life. Even better, the water you are connected to is the River Bure and lots of boating adventures to be had.



Central heating

Double Glazing


Waterfront Location

Master Ensuite Bedroom

Private Boat Mooring

33ft Long Living Area

Property Description:-

This detached 3 bedroom house was built in 2005 of block construction under timber cladding, and offers gas fired central heating, full sealed unit double glazing, mains water and drainage. A fine waterside home located at the popular marina just off the River Bure in the sought after village of Horning.

The ground floor accommodation consists of a master bedroom with ensuite shower room, two further double bedrooms, bathroom and utility room. The first floor is one impressive 33ft long open plan living area with its own private balcony offering panoramic views out over the marina, leading down to the main river itself.

The first floor comprises an extremely well fitted kitchen with numerous built in appliances, a dining area and a lounge area.

Outside Cedar House benefits from private off road parking and a south facing garden, substantial private mooring facilities with the side mooring measuring approximately 50ft x 17ft, and the front measuring also approximately 50ft.

Cedar House is ideally suited for someone with a passion for boating and the Norfolk Broads who is looking for an impressive, low maintenance second home or a well laid out, well located holiday let.


Guide Price: £415,000

Online Brochure …..


Or telephone 01692 531034.


Former Fire Station

Former Bardney Fire Station (c) 2012 Kevin Hale

We haven’t had a fire station for a while. Here is the old Bardney Fire Station at 21 Queen Street, Bardney, Lincolnshire, LN3 5XF.

A lot of building for little money.

Also some fun to be had. Not sure if there is a firemans pole inside, but presents an interesting project for someone.

Located a short distance to the east of the village centre. Bardney is a large village with good local facilities located approx. 10 miles south east of Lincoln.

Fire Engine NOT Included (c) 2012 Mike Kirby

The existing building is a purpose built fire station, now redundant. It comprises a single large garage area with ancillary accommodation providing staff facilities and office.

Approx 777 sq ft (72.2 sq m) gross internal.

The building occupies a large site of approximately 0.14 acres (0.06 hectares).


Offers in the region of: £59,950.


Online Brochure …..


Or telephone 01522 698888.


Former Shortlanesend School Truro, TR4 9DU.

Shortlanesend School (c) 2012 Philip Martin & Co.

A former primary school with a touch of Gothic. A place with the look of a school where the Addams Family kids might feel at home!

Until recently it had a change of use to a garden machinery business. Well worth a telephone call to the local council planning department if you have a conversion to residential use in mind.

This Victorian building comes complete with bell tower for your bats. The detached property is set in a walled site just two miles from Truro. Grade II Listed with ample features.

Shortlanesend School (c) 2012 Philip Martin & Co.

The building is predominantly of local stone construction but with architectural detailing to the gothic arched windows and doors in a mellow sandstone and probably Pentewan Stone. It is largely on one level but some temporary first floor areas show the potential for a larger area to be created. A bell tower within the structure is a significant and unusual feature.

General Details:-

Main Showroom 10.36m(34’0”) x 6.10m(20’0”)

Office 3.35m(11’0”) x 3.12m(10’3”)

Cloakroom 5.79m(19’0”) x 1.32m(4’4”)

Store 5.18m(17’0”) x 5.49m(18’0”)

With stairs to temporary first floor.
Second Store 6.71m(22’0”) x 1.83m(6’0”)

With stairs to first floor over.

Workshop 7.62m(25’0”) x 5.11m(16’9”)

Outside: To one side and at the rear of the property there is a single storey range of buildings comprising two former w.c’s. Adjacent there are some further Store Buildings and also a detached Garage 24’6 x 12′ overall.


Price Guide: £250,000.
Online Brochure…


Or telephone: 01872 248049.


Boathouse, River Yealm, Plymouth, PL8 1AD.

Boathouse, Riverside, Plymouth (c) 2012 Knight Frank

It is a cruel thing sometimes to study some of these gorgeous unique homes each week. This is one to drool over. Riverside Road West, Plymouth. An exceptional waterfront property with private boathouse and jetty in the truly picturesque village of Newton Ferrers.

This lovely building is situated in the village of Newton Ferrers which has some of the most sought after waterfront homes on the south Devon coast. It is one of a select few houses in the area which has direct waterfront access.

Boathouse, Riverside, Plymouth (c) 2012 Knight Frank

This amazing home provides the setting for wonderful waterside living and has been designed to capture all aspects of its beautiful surroundings. All of the principal rooms have views over the garden to the river. On the ground floor both the kitchen and drawing room have direct access to a large terrace (which takes full advantage of the property’s proximity to the river via its own private jetty) or through the boathouse, which is situated below the drawing room and dining room.

Boathouse, Riverside, Plymouth (c) 2012 Knight Frank

The safe moorings of the deep water harbour make Newton Ferrers very popular with yachtsmen and it is at the heart of fine cruising waters being equidistant from Salcombe and Fowey at about 15 nautical miles.

4 Bedrooms

2 Reception rooms

1 Bathroom

207.25 sqm (approximately)

Private Boathouse.



Private Parking – For Car & Boat!


Guide: £2,500,000

Online Brochure ….


Or telephone: 01392 423111.


Former Police Station & House – Abington

Abington Police Station (c) 2012 Strathclyde Police

This is an interesting one. Two parts for the price of one. Commercial plus residential. Ideal for a new lifestyle where you can live and work without more than a ten foot commute from home to the office.

A former police station and a police house, with three bedrooms. Also adapted to be wheelchair friendly. The location is at Station Road, Abington, ML12 6RZ which is convenient for touring the Borders. Indeed Abington is only 49 miles and approximately 53 minutes from the Border between England and Scotland making an excellent base for an adventure between the two countries. Fast and easy access to the main Scotland-England arterial route A74/M74 is just a few minutes away.

The house is a three bedroom “L” shaped bungalow, with an integrated small police office and a separate garage (sorry no police cell for the mother-in-law – yes an old joke but they are the best).

This building is situated on a substantial plot set back from the main road with a shared driveway and has a grassed area with two outbuildings to the rear, hard standing to the front allowing for ample parking. It has a pitched and tiled roof with roughcast rendered walls, UPVC double glazed windows and an oil fired central heating system.

One of the previous occupants of the property was wheelchair bound and access to the house has been adapted accordingly, there is a ramp up to the front door and ramps and a raised platform to allow access to the rear.

The main entry to the house and office is from an open sided porch. The office consists of two small rooms, one which used to be a toilet and an office with fitted cupboards and a counter.

The front door of the house leads straight into the hallway. The hall gives access to the three bedrooms (two with fitted cupboards), the bathroom, kitchen and lounge.

* Important Note: due to damage caused by a burst water tank, the house requires extensive refurbishment throughout.

Accommodation Summary:-

Police House (approx)

Kitchen (3.69m x 2.58m) Office (5.41m x 3.00m)

Bathroom (2.47m x 2.05m) (Including toilet area)

Lounge (4.68m x 3.99m)

Bedroom 1 (3.56m x 2.99m)

Bedroom 2 (3.71m x 3.51m)

Bedroom 3 (3.35m x 2.95m)

Plus Police Office Accommodation.

Feuhold (Scottish Freehold Equivalent).

Guide Price £110,000 * (requires repair)

Viewing/Further Detail:

Please contact Susan Gourley or Christina McEwan on 0141 532 6335/6930.


Come In The Water Is Fine

Former Manningham Swimming Baths (c) 2012 City of Bradford MDC

Maybe the water is fine, but for now it’s gone! This is the last property in this Bulletin and has already been featured in 2011. We promised to revisit this building if it went unsold – if the sale position became “interesting” – which it has. Well this building has had a difficult time of it at past auctions and remains for sale. We have lost count how many times our own Unique Property Syndicate has ended up with something that failed to sell at auction. This is real bargain territory.

So dear reader, if this fabulous project appeals to you, you can do two things. One, get your skates on (or rather flippers) and high tail it across to Roy Pugh & Co Auction House for 28th February 2012, or perhaps choose the second option; play the waiting game. No guarantees. Someone else may buy it on 28th February. However, if you are laid back about this building, and if it fails to sell, you are in a VERY strong negotiating position to arrange a “post-auction” purchase. If we weren’t so far away we have folk here who would happily stick their paw in the air at £50,000 just to see what happens.

Former Manningham Swimming Baths (c) 2012 Betty Longbottom

Either way, best of luck to you, our reader, if you do pop along, or arrange a post-auction offer. Please let us know if you buy this magnificent building? Onto the detail:-

The Former Manningham Swimming Baths, Carlisle Road, Bradford, BD8 8DB. Located in a mixed use area on Carlisle Road close to the intersection with Drummond Road and Silver Street in Manningham. Bradford city centre lies approximately 1½ miles south east.

Our own suggestion last year was to consider some form of part change of use. Retaining the original swimming facility for community use, and applying for change of use of part of the site for residential accommodation. A unique home; unique building; unique lifestyle; unique income!

It should be noted though, that the building is Grade II Listed, and comes with all the additional conditions that a listed property requires to be satisfied before any works can be commenced.

Lower Ground Floor: Boiler Room, Filter Room.

Ground Floor: Reception, Central Swimming Pool, Three Changing Rooms, Sauna, Slipper Baths, W/Cs and Office.

First Floor: Office

Site Area: Approximately 875.97 sq m (1,047 sq yds).

Planning: Interested parties should consult directly with the Local Planning Office, City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, 3rd Floor, Jacobs Well, Bradford, BD1 1HY. Tel: 01274 434605.

English Heritage lists the property as Grade II and dates it back to 1903.


Guide £70,000 to £140,000

Plus VAT and 2% of the gavel price for the Council’s solicitors and surveyors fees with a minimum of £2,500.

Auction Date & Start Time: 28th February 2012 starts 2pm

Auctioneer: Pugh & Company, 4 The Parks, Newton le Willows, WA12 0JQ. Telephone: 0844 2 722444

Auction Venue: Leeds United Football Club, The Lorimer Suite, East Stand, Elland Road, Leeds, LS11 0ES.

Online Details ….