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Unique Property Bulletin – Latest Update: 1/4/2020.

#AfterCovid ~ There Will Be A Demand For Remote Homes!

This Old Mill Ruin Has Planning Permission

It May Suit Going Off-Grid

Watermill features could be incorporated to generate electricity.

Ruin With Planning

Pitscottie Mill, Pitscottie, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5UN

Planning permission for a 4 bedroom detached home. Appears to have lapsed, though there may be an “enduring permission” if building works have been commenced within the (usually) 3 to 5 years from the date permission was granted.

Artists Impression of Rebuild

Pitscottie Mill, Pitscottie, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5UN

Plans can be seen: Here.

Unique Property Bulletin would strongly recommend you look to retaining the company that secured the planning permission as they will have extensive research files and footwork already completed. An astute move would be to contact E. Dalton first. There may be confidentiality issues to start, but the owner should be amenable to providing a letter of comfort to his design company for them to talk with you. If not, then that would set alarm bells off in our book 

This site includes approximately 2.96 acres of land.

Architect/Designer’s Drawings…

Newbuild of Pitscottie Mill, Pitscottie, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5UN

Full Planning File Details Online: Here

A couple of observations. Firstly, given the propensity for waterside property to flood with increasing regularity, we would strongly recommend the buyer gets their architect to redesign this rebuild so that all the accommodation is on the first floor and there is simply a garage or some fairly benign empty space on the ground floor in case of flood.

Water Feature At Pitscottie Mill, Pitscottie, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5UN

Second observation: We would highly recommend the new owners look at some form of water generation system so that you can look at going off-grid. Not necessarily the old mill wheel. Though they can be handsome industrial features. More likely a modern micro-generation plant that has a low impact on the building and surrounds. But can generate more than enough for this house and a backup battery system.

Floorplans – In Good Faith But Please Do Not Scale

There is an interesting anomaly with respect to the asking price. Offers around” implies a certain amount of flexibility where the seller may accept below the £110,000 guige.

What intrigues us here at Unique Property Bulletin is that a quick online search reveals the title number to come back at £500,000 (click here). Most likely some plots have already been distilled from the head title and you are buying the rump. From the title plan the seller refers to, that “rump” is quite a nice lump of land…

Title Deed Excerpt: Pitscottie Mill, Pitscottie, Cupar, Fife, KY15 5UN

Interesting one in the circumstances and with many fold just experiencing what quarantine/lock-down feels like, we reckon there will be a significant number of folk looking to move away from the 80 terraced houses and find a sanctuary in a remote area where they can at least wander around the several acres they own.

#AfterCovid will likely become a growing feature once this nasty bug has run its course.

In other words, houses that are remote and where you can telecommute whilst enjoying a good quality lifestyle and some enhanced comforts if/when there is another pandemic will figure in the emotional and psychological scars most of us will have from Covid-19.

Guide: Offers “Around” £110,000. Get Your Haggling-Hat On.

Further details for Pitscottie Mill Building Plot, please…

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A Friend Emerges From Coronavirus

It is reassuring to see folk you know to survive this vile virus.

Stuart even has his sense of humour intact…

The Editor of This Website Is Often Called “Nail” By His Friends.

It goes back to the 1980s when the term “Russ T. Nail” got shortened!


Unique Property Bulletin – Latest Update: 31/3/2020.

JOB VACANCIES THAT SUIT WORKING FROM HOME

Has self-isolating driven you up the walls yet…

 There are far nicer ways to self-isolate AND work from home.

Also earn some cash whilst you are stuck in the house (click here)

The Photo Above Is One of Unique Property Bulletin’s Owned Office Locations.

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As for the worse verse, our apologies to William Topaz McGonagall – Here

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If you are interested, please…

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Please avoid telephoning as we have been inundated with enquiries to buy nuclear bunkers and private islands since the outbreak of Coronavirus. Hence our employing admin., staff once the lockdown has been lifted.

The Facebook page link and an ability to work social media is also very important to the skillset we are seeking.


Unique Property Bulletin – Latest Update: 30/3/2020.

Should Rightmove plc Donate £5,000,000 of Their Profits

To A LIVELIHOOD Protecting Charity?

A serious question. We would be happy to donate, but would Rightmove plc?

I just lost the plot a bit with Rightmove plc on social media with their poor timing and frankly ill-judged estate agency efforts to flog off overpriced real-estate in a time when doctors and emergency workers are fighting the worst pandemic in 101 years trying their best to save everyone (including estate agents). Rightmove plc are punting this admittedly nice looking home (here) for an abominable £4,750,000 and it got me thinking. Life after Covid-19 will be different. It is likely that over 95% of folk will survive. But over 31% will lose their jobs or take a serious drop in income.

After the LIVES have been saved, there will need to be a concerted effort to save LIVELIHOODS. So if you agree with me on this, please let me know how you feel?

Even if you send just a simple text. If I get a decent level of interest that I can then show to our MP., I WILL register a charity to help protect LIVELIHOODS and our group of six volunteers here at Unique Property Bulletin shall be knocking on the door of Rightmove plc.

A simple text, probably no cost if you are on the usual texting contract. This is my mobile number, nothing fancy and NO premium rates. This website is a not-for-profit blog and we don’t work that way. We help friends find interesting places to live. We do NOT charge commission and we are NOT an estate agency.

If you agree with me that there SHOULD be a registered charity established to protect LIVELIHOODS then please…

TEXT the simple message: “YESJOBS” to me at 0757 2768 795

A heartfelt thank you to those Unique Property Bulletin readers ~ and our new visitors, for considering this.

Sincerely,

Russ McLean

Russ McLean. Editor of Unique Property Bulletin.

With lady friends to the right of the photo.


Unique Property Bulletin – Latest Update: 25/3/2020.

House & Houseboat Home

Waterside house and bespoke mooring with easy access to the canal network.

Here and Here.

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Summary:-

  • Interesting waterside residence
  • Good decorative order
  • Private mooring dock measuring approximately: 48ft x 12ft
  • Approximate 190ft long south facing rear garden
  • Walking distance to the centre of Wroxham
  • Garage and ample off road parking
  • Conservatory
  • Gas central heating

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Full description:-

A pleasant waterside residence set within walking distance of the centre of Wroxham offering generous and flexible accommodation, a 190ft long south facing rear garden and a private 48ft long mooring dyke with access out onto the entire Norfolk Broads network.

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Located in a quiet, private position, the property would be equally suited to being used as a comfortable and convenient permanent residence or as a low maintenance second home.

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

The accommodation consists of an entrance hall, dining room, semi-open plan to the sitting room, conservatory, fully fitted and well finished kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, study area, ground floor double bedroom and a contemporary shower room. On the first floor there are two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom.

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Features include full gas fired central heating, sealed unit double glazing, ample off road parking with a detached garage, enclosed and private gardens and personal mooring dock measuring 48ft x 12ft.

Home Offices Are Becoming Increasingly Important In These Regular Pandemic Times

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

The centre of Wroxham is less than half a mile away with a comprehensive range of facilities. Tenure: Freehold

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Your wet road to freedom: The River Bure

Floorplan For Guidance: Please Do Not Scale

Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Location Plan: Meadow Drive, Hoveton, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8UN

Courtesy of Google Inc

This waterside house ~guide: £675,000. For further details…

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Unique Property Bulletin – Latest Update: 4/3/2020.

London Calling

Former Brigade Fire Station – Completely Renovated & Transformed.

Several of 20 Apartments For Sale…

Belsize Park Firehouse, 36 Lancaster Grove, London, NW3 4PB

This can be very controversial and it bothers us. A lot. We have fire crew, literally on the Board here at Unique Property Bulletin. So when a fire station is closed, there needs to be sensitivity shown. When we can help, we do. But for this former fire station inside the M25 Orbital, it gave 100 years of service and the powers-that-be closed the station. There is little that can be done now to remedy the strong community feeling when the station was earmarked for closure.

One of 20 Apartments: Belsize Park Firehouse, 36 Lancaster Grove, London, NW3 4PB

One of our unique property club members, who is helping keep this free website alive and as a resource for folk seeking an unusual place to live, has been searching for a home in the Capital himself. We promised to keep an eye out, but the prices are making our eyes water more than the fire hose is splashing H20 onto the training tower.

For the price of the cheapest leasehold flat at Belsize Park Fire Station, we could have bought THREE of these 39 acre lighthouse station estates, including 5 former keepers’ houses! Just ONE flat equals three lighthouse stations!

You Could Buy THREE Lighthouse Stations For One London Flat!

However, that would require a 900 mile return commute to your job in London. Also when this Unique Property Bulletin bought the lighthouse station pictured above for £200,000 it took almost the same again in money spent, to bring the Grade A listed buildings back from near dereliction to high-quality habitable condition. So perhaps the old fire station flat in London is not too expensive. It is all relative in the world of property. 

Belsize Park Firehouse, 36 Lancaster Grove, London, NW3 4PB

Belsize Park Firehouse, 36 Lancaster Grove, London, NW3 4PB

We wonder what the previous firefighters who lived and worked here might make of the current incarnation at Belsize.

The fire brigade training tower is now a piece of prime London real estate.

The Capital property market continues to defy gravity.

Floorplan For Guidance Only – Belsize Park Firehouse, London, NW3 4PB

Estate agency narrative:-

Flat 12 – A fine two bedroom apartment (approx 588 sqft/ 55 sqm) forming part of the recently renovated Belsize Park Firehouse. A distinctive collection of exclusive new homes crafted from an outstanding Grade II* Listed former fire station at the heart of sought-after Belsize Park. This unique range of 20 one, two and four bedroom luxury apartments extends the rich heritage of this fine building with its Arts and Crafts period architecture, preserved with meticulous attention to detail throughout to create thoughtful and luxuriously contemporary designed homes.

^^^ UK Map: Belsize Park Firehouse, 36 Lancaster Grove, London, NW3 4PB ^^^

Courtesy of Google Inc.

Zooming in to the specific NW3 area of London gives a location…

London Location Map: Belsize Park Firehouse, NW3 4PB

Courtesy of Google Inc.

Please don’t shout at us for featuring this IF you find out one of the apartments you were looking at has sold. This is precisely why we struggle to feature London property: it sells very quickly. But with this former fire station, there are TWENTY apartments, so like the proverbial London bus, if the one you saw has sold, another fire station apartment at Belsize Park is likely to come along the road for sale anytime now.

Belsize Fire Station.

Prices from £715,000 (Leasehold)…

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Unique Property Bulletin – Earlier Update: 22/2/2020.

Water Tower For Sale

Completely Renovated & Transformed

Location: Suffolk.

From 2010 and for several years after, an owner of this former water tower spent £500,000 buying and converting it to a contemporary home (here)…

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

On 19th July 2019 Culford Water Tower was placed for sale onto Rightmove. The asking price was a cool £1,000,000. We initially reckoned there may be a margin for negotiation given the newspaper article that quoted the costs to buy and convert at £500,000. If this tower whets your appetite, maybe give the estate agent a call: Contact David Burr on 01284 725525 or email bury@davidburr.co.uk and ask whether there is any flexibility on price?

A Beautiful Conversion

The proximity to London and the A12 corridor often nudges what the owner seeks upwards, but who knows, you may bag yourself a genuinely unique home.

Rightmove Indicate This Tower Has Been For Sale 7 Months

Perhaps time for a price “nudge” in favour of the buyer?

However, we routinely check the house price history to get an idea of margins that may be shaved off. Often the first impression (the newspaper article linked above at £500,000) may not be spot on. There was a more recent transfer at £990,000…

Source: Rightmove

Not sure about some readers, but when we have a serious interest in buying a property, the first port of call is the gold-standard source: HM Land Registry…

Unique Property Bulletin does have a licence to reproduce some information from HMLR. But for this water tower, your curiosity will require £3 to £9 to be coughed up. Click here for the excellent HM Land Registry portal in England & Wales. Scotland has a different registry: here.

We Very Much Like Bathroom Design

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

It could be the sale was an internal transfer, and the margins to negotiate down still exist. Hence the HMLR advisory and links. The latest sale may have been triggered by the current owner just changing their mind. Known as “buyer’s regret”. That is why at Unique Property Bulletin we recommend our readers holiday in the unusual genre of property they are focussing on. Try before you buy. Not necessarily in the actual candidate purchase, but at least something similar.

To see if it suits you and you suit it.

There is a lifestyle to these styles of building and it is wise to test whether you like that way of life before spending a million pounds and possibly regretting it. 

We Love A Good Spiral Staircase.

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

 

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

Torture Room – As If All The Stairs Aren’t Enough Exercise!

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

Onwards and upwards

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

A well-deserved cup of tea after all of those stairs and the dungeon gym workout…

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

Here are the plans for this water tower. Please do NOT scale. They are provided in good faith as a guide so that potential buyers may orientate themselves to the building layout…



 




The location of this water tower is 82 miles from London (here). Several of our readers have bought a small flat in London where they stay for four nights each week, whilst working in the Capital city and counterbalance this with a commute of 1.5 hours to 2 hours at the end of each week and obtain a massive and amazing piece of property for the other three nights. For all of the beguiling allure that London has to offer, the views from atop of your own water tower, and the space to relax, free from the unrelenting noise has a quality of life value well worth considering.

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB .

Whereas if all the eggs were put into a London house, it would stretch to just a 2 bed flat at most.

The Water Tower, Culford, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP28 6UB

Courtesy of Google Inc.

Some history on this water tower and earlier pricing: click here.

Suffolk Water Tower…

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Archived Details: Here

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