Unique Property Bulletin 8 September 2013

London Underground Station

For Sale

London Underground Brompton MAIN Mike Quinn

Brompton Road Underground Station (c) 2013 Mike Quinn

For 25 years we have been steadily awaiting this day. The very rarest of unique properties is coming up for sale – a truly iconic, and historic former London Underground Station.

On Friday we received a very helpful telephone call from Felicity Young at the Jones Lang LaSalle sales agency – managing the sale of Brompton Road Underground Station. Felicity was kind enough to explain to Unique Property Bulletin that the MoD who own this particular Underground Station have now issued the instructions to sell, and the “heads-up” is that the sales brochure will be issued towards the end of this month or soon into October 2013. We will of course keep readers posted as to the full details of this amazing London Underground Station.

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Brompton Road Underground Station (c) 2013 MoD/PA Jones Lang LaSalle

One of the key questions is the price. Bearing in mind the fact London was once the largest city in the world, allied to the high cost of any real estate in the Capital city, and the 28,000 square feet of very unusual property situated close to Harrods and Kensington, the guide is in the region of 20 million pounds. There is an interesting piece of lateral thought amongst some London based property folk – the saying how much does it cost to park a waste paper basket? The point being a waste paper basket has a very utilitarian function, and what is the real cost of the square foot in space it is taking. An unusual way of looking at property price. For Brompton Road Underground Station we are looking at a ballpark of £714 to park your waste paper bin!

Though what a wonderful place to explore.


It will be a delight to see what becomes of this truly unique property. If any of our readers bid, and there are a handful that play in the London league, please consider letting us know how you get on so we can share this with other readers. We wish you well on this exquisite London Underground adventure.

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Brompton Road Underground Station (c) 2013 MoD Jones Lang LaSalle

For readers who haven’t got £700 to park their bin, we have two further properties in the Bulletin listings below that give an illuminating comparison to what can be bought along literal lines of steel and iron, and for very varying prices. Though for now, back to Brompton Road Underground Station:-

London Underground Brompton MAIN 4 RSZ Mr Chafer

 What Would Mr Chafer See From The Old Platform? (c) 2013 MoD/PA Jones Lang LaSalle

Agency Narrative: The Ministry of Defence (MOD), advised by Jones Lang LaSalle has announced it will be selling one of its central London sites at 206 Brompton Road, after the property was declared surplus to military requirements.

London Underground 150 Years Ago Alan Murray_Rust RSZ

150 Years Ago This Style Of Fantastic Loco Was Running (c) 2013 Alan Murray-Rust

An approximate 0.32 acre site – equating to some 28,000 sq ft, the property is currently occupied by the London University Air Squadron (UAS), the London University Royal Naval Unit (URNU), and 46F Squadron Air Training Corps (Air Cadets), all of which will be found alternative accommodation before the sale.

The site is located next to the Grade II* listed Brompton Oratory, Brompton Square and is just metres away from Harrods.

London Underground Iconic Nigel Chadwick

Nowadays You Would See The Iconic Rolling Stock (c) 2013 Nigel Chadwick

Facilities at the property include a drill hall, garages, offices and mess, but the site also includes below-ground areas previously used as part of the former Brompton Road Underground Station. More background detail ….


Location: Brompton Road Underground Station, 206 Brompton Road, London, SW3 0BP.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £20,000,000 +. A record high for all unique property that we have ever listed.

Contact Jones Lang LaSalle Agencies Tel: 0207 493 493 3. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….



Let’s Roll

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The Rolling Homes – At Maldon (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

Alternatively you could travel to this final destination and interesting abode. Rolling Stock for auction. Railway Coach to live in. Unique. At £56,000 this is a very small fraction of the price tag sought for Brompton Road London Underground Station. Though of course a much, much smaller train set to play with!

Owner’s Narrative: Circa 1800’s Great Western Railway Carriage converted to 1 bedroom living accommodation. Can be bought, and kept in situ, or taken off site.

Key features: Bedroom; Bathroom; Kitchen; Sitting Room; Garden; Electricity and water connected .

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Refreshment Car (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

Full description: A beautifully converted 1880s Great Eastern Railway carriage providing a Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom and Sitting room. Situated in Heybridge within close proximity to picturesque walks, fishing lakes, the Heybridge Basin and The River Blackwater. This could provide an ideal weekend retreat for the railway enthusiast, fisherman, sailor or someone looking for a peaceful getaway.

Occupancy available for 9 months of the year from March-November.

Council Tax Band A. Site fees are £950 per annum plus electricity and gas bottles. Site fees paid for this year – 2013.

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The Night Train (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

Water and sewage and electricity all connected. If you intend to leave the carriage on site you will need two references for the site manager. Alternatively, if you wanted to buy the Carriage and transport it elsewhere, the owner advises that they would negotiate a reduction on the price to allow for hire of low loader etc.

Interior: Approximate rom szes – listed on the weblink below.

Exterior Garden: Lawn area enclosed by fencing, shed with plumbing for washing machine.


Location: Heybridge, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4QR (approximate SatNav).

Tenure: Structure Only – Leasehold Site Additional & Optional.

Guide: £56,000 for Rolling Home Railway Carriage Only

Contact the owner, Debbie on 07887886267. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Tapadh leibh.

Online Brochure ….

Ebay Railway Carriage Auction – Click Here


100 Railway Stations ?

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Station House, Station Road, East Yorkshire (c) 2013 Clegg & Son

Just a thought? This shows the significant contrast between “London Prices” at Brompton Road Underground Station in an international and very popular city urban home, and the calmer and more affordably priced outer limits of Britain. It is sobering to contemplate that you could own 100 of these East Yorkshire style Railway Stations for the equivalent ONE London Underground Station.

General Summary:-

Detached Former Station House.

3 Bedrooms.

Large Lounge.

Original Features.

Off-Road Parking.

Gas Central Heating.

Double Glazing.

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Station House, Station Road, East Yorkshire (c) 2013 Clegg & Son

Agency Narrative: This well presented spacious Victorian former station house retains a wealth of original features and occupies 3 floors and contains 17ft lounge, 16ft dining room, kitchen with modern units, office, separate W.C., 3 bedrooms and bathroom. The basement offers laundry/utility room, 2 workshops and small store. To the outside is a garden area offering off-road parking and enclosed paved side areas. Gas central heating and double glazing. Inspection is essential to appreciate this unique property.

Description: This well presented spacious Victorian former station house retains a wealth of original features and occupies 3 floors and contains 17ft lounge, 16ft dining room, kitchen with modern units, office, separate W.C., 3 bedrooms and bathroom. The basement offers laundry/utility room, 2 workshops and small store. To the outside is a garden area offering off-road parking and enclosed paved side areas. Gas central heating and double glazing. Inspection is essential to appreciate this unique property.

History: The property was erected circa 1860 and as the name suggests, is the former station house and adjoins the railway, which is the Goole to Leeds line which currently has an early morning and early evening passenger service which stops outside the property

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Station House, Station Road, East Yorkshire (c) 2013 Clegg & Son

Location: Station House, Station Road, Rawcliffe, Goole, East Yorkshire, DN14 8NQ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: “Reduced” to £210,000.

Contact Clegg & Son Agencies Tel: 01405 763140 Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….



Competition: 10/- Prize

Blast From The Past Ten Shillings Prize

A blast from the past. When pocket money really was worth a few bob. Following the very popular £100 prize a few weeks back we thought it a good idea to pop another competition on the Bulletin. Alright, there will be a few readers thinking: what on earth is that sort of money is that? [anyone younger than 40 years old], whilst the rest will be thinking what a bunch of miseries over there calling that tight-wad specimen a prize. Ha, that is where you are wrong. This is a special piece of monetary memorabilia. We will explain more to the winner.Above shows the prize for this Unique Property Bulletin competition. Here is the quation:-

Competition Hint: Where Was The Unique Property Bulletin Born ?

Free to enter. Competition Closing Date: 12 Noon 12th September 2013

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page

P.S. The 10 shilling note prize is not technically valid currency anymore. However they can be cashed in at various sources. Indeed we can let you have a cheque for the monetary equivalent. There are even websites that exchange left-over-currency at a less than equitable rate. Avoid these. Ebay will show you how decent collectors pay a fair price for these older keepsakes.


Fine Fire Station Conversion

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The Old Fire Station, Billinghay, Lincoln (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

Moving from Former Railway Stations, to Fire Stations we have a lovely conversion to a neat home here in Lincoln. The big fire engine/appliance doors really are a fantastic feature. An easy and character filled way of bringing the garden and inside rooms together.

Situated in a secluded location in heart of village, private walled gardens. Converted around 2002. The largest Living Room is a generous 36′ x 24′. There are three double bedrooms; two bath / shower rooms. Large garage and secure parking. Oil central heating.

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Big Door Feature Used To The Max (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

Owner’s Narrative:-

Measurements in good faith, but approximate:-

Hall – 3.58m (11’9”) x 1.29m (4’3”) Pine flooring & door. Space for appropriate furniture

Living Room/Kitchen/Dining – 11.03m (36’2”) x 7.32m (24’0”) Ideal for entertaining. Huge doors opening onto decking patio area with screen planting, truly brings the garden into the living space. 4 cast iron radiators. Excellent natural light.

Study – 1.98m (6’6”) x 1.65m (5’5”) With velux window .

Lobby – 1.70m (5’7”) x 1.15m (3’9”) With pine external door.

Bedroom 1 – 4.22m (13’10”) x 3.30m (10’10”) With cast iron radiator. Walk in wardrobe. View to rear garden.

Bedroom 2 – 3.53m (11’7”) x 2.96m (9’9”) View to side aspect.

Bedroom 3 – 3.35m (11’0”) x 2.97m (9’9”) With view to front. Radiator.

Bathroom – 3.05m (10’0”) x 2.84m (9’4”) With pine ceiling. Panelled bath. Pedestal wash basin. Low flush w.c. Radiator. Extractor fan. Built in airing cupboard.

Shower Room & Toilet – 2.82m (9’3”) x 1.65m (5’5”) Shower cubical (Newlec shower). Bracket wash basin. Low flush w.c. Part tiled walls and pine ceiling.

Boiler Room – Housing the oil fired central heating boiler.

Double Garage & Driveway – 6.10m (20’0”) x 4.88m (16’0”) Good sized open garage. Concrete hardstanding and parking area.

Large timber double gates to the entrance drive affording security & privacy.

Garden – High garden walls, for privacy and security.

Decking area to the front with screen planters and foliage, shrubs and lavender. Further gravelled patio area to the side. Useful brick store. Decking patio area to the rear, not over looked. Established shrubs and trees.

Fire Station Billinghay 3The Old Fire Station, Billinghay, Lincoln (c) 2013 Owner’s Collection

Location: The Old Fire Station, York Terrace, Billinghay, Lincoln, LN4 4HL

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £250,000

Contact the Owner – Tel: 07949 499 388. Please can you help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….

Ebay – Old Fire Station Auction


Quick Tower Or FTSAA ?

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Water Tower Apartment, Coulsdon, Surrey (c) 2013 Andrews/Barnard Marcus

Our apologies for the very short notice. You WILL need to be QUICK to secure this apartment in a former water tower at Coulsdon. The auction is scheduled for 10th September 2013. Skates on time, if this does it for you. Though, as always, we have a possibility of FTSAA – Failed to Sell At Auction. In such circumstances you would have the grace of more time to research and offer. Though as this particular property is one euphemistically referred to as “on the instructions of a financial institution”, and seemingly priced accordingly, it is more than likely to sell.

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Water Tower Apartment, Coulsdon, Surrey (c) 2013 Andrews/Barnard Marcus

Auctioneer’s Narrative: The Water Tower is located on Cayton Road. Shopping amenities are available locally within Cousldon with a further range of shops, bars and restaurants found in Croydon and London City Centre both lying to the north. Public transport links are available at Merstham Rail Station located to the south and at Coulsdon South Rail Station lying to the north along with a network of local bus services serving the surrounding areas. The property is served by road links including the M23 and the M25 both located to the south. Recreational pursuits can be found at Happy Valley Park and at the Surrey National Golf Course both lying to the east.

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Well It Is A Water Tower (c) 2013 Andrews/Barnard Marcus

Accommodation: Sixth Floor: One Bedroom, Bathroom/W.C., Fifth Floor: Reception Room, Kitchen; Communal Lift; Resident’s Swimming Pool; Outside: Allocated Parking.

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Really Important When Buying A Tower Apartment (c) 2013 Andrews/Barnard Marcus

Location: Apartment, The Water Tower Cayton Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, CR5 1LW.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £160,000 – AUCTION 10 September 2013 – or possibly an FTSAA.

Contact Barnard Marcus Auctioneers Tel: 01516 088122. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….



Quick Tower Too or Two ?

Water Tower Askham Bryan  EddisonsAskham Bryan Water Tower, York (c) 2013 Eddisons

Things are almost getting a little wet around here with all the rushing about. Not one, but two water towers this week. This is the second water tower coming up for auction with fairly short notice – 18th September 2013.

Auctioneer’s Narrative: A former water tower; tenanted telecoms investment. Let to Vodafone and TV York. Current rent passing £12,482 per annum.

Location: The site and water tower is located off Mill Lane close to the village of Askham Bryan which lies approximately 4 miles south west of York city centre. Close to the junction with Askham Fields Lane off the main A64.

Please Note: The purchaser will be responsible for a contribution towards auctioneer’s and seller’s costs. Refer to the special conditions in the legal pack.

Viewing onsite with caution.


Askham Bryan Water Tower, York (c) 2013 John Armitstead

Location: Askham Bryan Water Tower, off Mill Lane, Askham Bryan, York, YO23 3PU.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £20,000 to £25,000 Auction Date 18 September 2013 – Lot 51.

Contact Eddisons Auction House Tel: 0113 243 0101. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….



Architecturally Unique

Architecturally Unique MH1 RSZ

1 Lakeside, Esher, Surrey (c) 2013 The Modern House Company

Agency Narrative: This impressive 5/6-bedroom house sits on a quiet no-through road in a beautiful lakeside setting, close to the town centre of Esher, Surrey. Designed by the renowned architect Royston Summers in 1975, the award-winning houses on Lakeside Drive are among the largest and most refined of Britain’s 20th-Century architect-designed houses. This particular property has the largest plot on Lakeside Drive and arguably the best lake views.

This spacious and light-filled house (with a total floor area of over 4,000 sq ft over two floors) features five/six bedrooms, a spectacular living room, water frontage, gardens and a double garage. The interior is a careful combination of original features and recent additions. Original features include internal joinery of Canadian white rock maple. The exterior of the house is composed of rich Ockley brick.

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Lounge Looking On Lake (c) 2013 The Modern House Company

This property is one of the largest of sixteen Royston Summers-designed houses on the tranquil Lakeside Drive, a dedicated road with no through access. Previous to its current use, the land that forms Lakeside Drive constituted part of the gardens of Milbourne House (a former hunting lodge of Claremont House). The nine-acre site of Lakeside Drive has retained its original lake and collection of distinguished trees, many of which are subject to preservation orders. The houses won a RIBA award at the time of building and were described by the Architect’s Journal as having a “feeling of quality and privacy”.

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Interior Design (c) 2013 The Modern House Company

Esher town centre, which offers a wealth of shopping and dining opportunities, is within walking distance and central London (Waterloo) can be reached by rail from Esher station in approximately 20 minutes or Claygate station in approximately 30 minutes.

Esher is a popular historic town in the heart of the borough of Elmbridge. Elmbridge has topped the annual Halifax ‘Quality of Life’ survey (judged on such things as health of residents, quality of schools, crime rates, employment rates and even weather) for the past three years. Esher is also blessed with some of Britain’s best architect-designed modern houses (including Patrick Gwynne’s ‘The Homewood’, 1937, now owned by the National Trust). Other local attractions include Sandown Park racecourse, Claremont House and Gardens and numerous golf courses. Claremont Landscape Garden is very close to Lakeside Drive, as is Esher Common, the latter being a wonderful public space suitable for walks.

Location: 1 Lakeside, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9EZ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £1,895,000

Contact Modern House Agencies Tel: 020 7704 3504 or Modern House Contact. Please can you help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure & LOTS of lovely photographs ….



Jumbo Stay ?

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MV Southsea (c) 1999 Russ McLean/Evans Collection

Several years ago, when we featured Isle of Wight ferry MV Southsea in the old paper version of the Unique Property Bulletin, the article took a turn for the surreal. After travelling to Albion Drydock in Bristol where the ship was on the keel blocks, all forlorn, a group of Bulletin readers got together and bought the thing. That was a wonderful adventure for all concerned. The ship nearly ended up as an office-home for the Unique Property Bulletin, along with cabins for members to stay over. In the end the ship went to a new owner. 

After the MV Southsea ship, our fledgling group of fellow eccentrics were offered an old Viscount aircraft to buy….


Viscount Aircraft – Type Example Only (c) 1999 Russ McLean/Evans Collection

There was a huge attraction to this project. If you look at what the Boeng 747 folk managed 15 years later, as featured below, there is a place in life for such unusual recycling of older structures. One of the suggestions was to restore the Viscount airframe, and use the hull in a static way. Several possibilities came to mind. One similar idea now works well with a former Underground Train that television presenter George Clarke featured …


The idea is for communal work space in an unusual environment. The Village Underground Tube Train conversion shows the way on this. Ironically with the start of this Bulletin having a £20,000,000 guide price, we end with part of a feature illustrating a veteran of the very same London Underground serving a new life in a non-profit-making and very economic entity. The idea was fairly simple, to acquire (at a very favourable price) some old London Underground rolling stock, and move it above ground to use as an economic hot-desk newstart business nurturing entity. The Village Underground – Overground Office idea seemed easy in theory …

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Architect’s Model (c) 2013 Village Underground

However the technical challenges were a little more stress inducing …

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Catching The Flying Tube (c) 2013 Village Underground

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Now An Iconic Building, Shoreditch, London (c) 2013 Village Underground

The whole concept orks very well. Further details via the website above, or through Royal Mail…

Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PQ

Back to our point. The essence of this week’s concluding try-before-you-buy Bulletin section is the recycling of old structures into new ones. There can be few larger examples than this …

 747 Hotel

Boeing 747 Ground Based Static Jumbo Hostel (c) 2013 Jumbo Stay Hotels

An incredible piece of lateral thinking made real. A former Boeing 747 made into a truly unique hotel.

Further details …


Jumbo Stay
Box 160
190 46 Stockholm Arlanda

Telefon 08-593 604 00

Plus an interesting Youtube clip ….


So we present this week’s try-before-you-buy – A Jumbo Stay at a Jumbo Jet Hostel.

One final thing to note. The famous Sea King helicopter, a unique aircraft – noble of purpose, is being retired …


In a similar light, might this airframe have life after life-saving?

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Noble Sea King Retiring – What Future Now ? (c) 2013 James T. M. Towill

In the 1960’s a very astute gentleman with foresight bought huge tranches of old steam locomotives following the Beaching Cuts. Many of these have now been saved and restored to their former glory. Perhaps someone could come forward and consider saving these Sea King aircraft airframes from being melted down for their aluminium parts and scrapped.

Future uses or proposals anyone?

Sea King Ideas – Please Contact Us

A Sea King Helicopter is big, but certainly not to awesome in size as a 747 is, therefore it must surely be within our wit to find some imaginative static use for this fine and much loved helicopter?