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Latest Listing: 1st January 2022. Happy New Year.

FOR SALE

Lighthouse Keeper’s Cabin

Fully Renovated

Fully broadband connected for remote-working.

Offers Over £119,000.

It is genuinely rare for these lighthouse buildings to come up for sale. Let alone one that has been renovated to a high standard and is ready to move into…

^^^ Keeper’s Cabin ^^^

^^^ Noss Head Lighthouse Station ^^^

There are amazing views from three sides of the building. This lighthouse station is particularly picturesque…

^^^ Noss Head Lighthouse Station ^^^

Photo With Compliments To: Maciej Winiarczyk

Inside the Keeper’s Cabin is a fresh and cosy place to stay…

^^^ Keeper’s Cabin ^^^

^^^ Noss Head Lighthouse Station ^^^

Particular emphasis was placed on high standard of wall and ceiling insulation during the renovation work. In fact, a  few years ago, the current owner got sunstroke at this lighthouse station. You don’t expect that in the far north, but with 2 hours more daylight than London in the summer months, keeping cool can be as important as staying warm.

Especially when winters here can be a tad chilly, even when scenic with snow and the loch frozen over…

^^^ Noss Head Lighthouse Station ^^^

So it is important to have decent insulation in the Christmas months too. Check out the interior layout with this short video…

CLICK ON THIS PHOTO TO

WATCH THE VIDEO…

 

^^^ Interior Video: Keeper’s Cabin ^^^

^^^ Noss Head Lighthouse Station ^^^

Offers Over £119,000.

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Also available…

Walled Garden Building & Land

Offers Over £79,000.

Ideal for conversion to a home similar in size and layout as with the fully renovated Keeper’s Cabin nearby, or even use as a tea-room or coffee shop, subject to planning permission. We have certainly been asked by many tourists to  provide such a facility from where you can have a seat inside with a breakfast, lunch or an evening meal and some of the finest views in Caithness from this rare lighthouse building…

^^^ The Walled Garden Building ^^^

& Land + Parking at

^^^ Noss Head Lighthouse Station ^^^

Just opposite but NOT including is this magnificent lighthouse tower…

^^^ This Is Your View ^^^

^^^ From The Walled Garden Building ^^^

It is important to note that there is a significant amount of land that comes with the Walled Garden Building, including an actual walled garden. There is also ample parking that you will own for use with this building. There is plenty of room at the back of the walled garden property to construct an extension for a tea room and make life much better for the folk who like to come and photograph the lighthouse tower and the flora and fauna nearby. Especially the puffins for some reason.

Walled Garden Building & Land

Offers Over £79,000.

Click Here

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Also available…

Loch + 6 Acres of Lighthouse Station

Offers Over £39,000.

A beautiful part of this lighthouse station. There are even some small islands on this lighthouse loch…

The whole lighthouse station is located in a particularly beautiful place…

Lighthouse Loch & 6 Acres of Land

Offers Over £39,000.

Click Here

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Earlier Listing: 21-12-21


EAST SUSSEX BARN FIND

FAILED TO SELL AT AUCTION

Our favourite sort of bargain.

You have the advantage as the buyer will be “motivated”

Guide: £260,000. Try A cheeky bid! We’d go £195,000.

Though be aware, it’s listed elsewhere at £325,000 (here). A bit on the high side. After all, this is really just a neatly arranged pile of old planks. Worse, it is “listed” and your hands are tied. So the £260,000 price tag was always a tad ambitious, even with the full planning consent to convert into a 3 bedroom house…

^^^ Barn, Nursery Farm ^^^

Flimwell, Wadhurst, East Sussex, TN5 7QA

Proposed Accommodation:

Ground Floor: Entrance hall, living room, bedroom, utility room and W.C., dining room, kitchen and bathroom with W.C.

First Floor: Two bedrooms.

Planning: Planning Permission has been granted by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, under reference 20/02636/LBC, dated 11th March 2021, for Listed Building Consent: Conversion of barn to residential, subject to conditions.

Official Planning Details at Council: Click Here

Here are the architect’s plans for this project…

^^^ Barn, Nursery Farm ^^^

Copyright: Coleman Anderson Architects

We always recommend your first port of call for these types of project is to make contact with the architect. Normally when we take up such a project, the architect that helped succeed in securing the planning permission is very well read on the subject and most often an excellent choice to re-engage. Coleman Anderson Architects: Click Here.

With respect to the Clive Emson Auction details as at the date of this post on Unique Property Bulletin…

Click Here

Archived: Here

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Earlier Listing: 16th November 2021


OLD DORSET BARN FOR AUCTION

Auction Date 9th December 2021

Guide: £160,000

Unique Property Bulletin are delighted to let you know we have found you an old “barn find” to bid on…

^^^ Old Barn at Langcotes For Auction ^^^
Winfrith Newburgh Dorchester Dorset DT2 8JP

Old barn finds can be interesting…

 

The old Aston Martin style of barn find could happen (here). Convert the pile of bricks in the next photo into your unique home. Then be tempted to sell the renovated property and buy an Aston Martin DB5. 

Strange to think this pile of bricks bricks could be changed into that exquisite, gorgeous old silver elegant car! 

 

 

^^^ Old Barn at Langcotes For Auction ^^^
Winfrith Newburgh Dorchester Dorset DT2 8JP

Auction Guide: £160,000 on 9-12-2021. Tel: 01202 843190.

 

^^^ Old Barn at Langcotes For Auction ^^^
Winfrith Newburgh Dorchester Dorset DT2 8JP

Full set of sale details and architect drawings

for the old barn conversion…

Click Here

Rule Number 8: If a Unique Property Bulletin item is sold by the time you get to it, worry not. There will be a similar one listed here soon enough. Though still unique in its way. The solution? Either check back with us regularly, or sign up for the email news alerts. It is that very annoying box that pops up along with the incredibly irritating adverts. Apologies for those, but hey, this website is FREE for you and we volunteer to help you for free. The adverts help pay our large website bandwidth costs etc. We love you enough to provide this eccentric blog for free, but it would be a wee bit unfair to ask us to pay ALL the bills here to help you find your perfect home. Best wishes, the Unique Property Team.

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Earlier Listing: 6th October 2021


Looper Dooper Bargain

Guide: £10,000

Former public convenience. Our property section bought one of these a few years ago. Unless it is an exceptional piece of architecture, the likely route is to demolish the old bog and build something unusual. Ideally without the pee aroma in it’s stead.

 

 

^^^ Former Public Convenience ^^^

Lydyett Lane, Barnton, Northwich,

Cheshire, CW8 4EY

This is quite a pleasant neighbourhood.

Google 3D virtual wander around the area…

Click Here

As for this building, you have a couple of options…

(a) Ask the neighbours if they would sell you a modest slice of their garden.

Another £10,000 may be very welcome to them and it would increase your footprint by well over double and may be the key to planning permission.

(b) Design a two storey replacement building. 

You might hit a small jackpot and secure both “a” and “b”.

There are plenty of modest sized houses. Indeed a major international “Tiny House” movement exists and is very popular. Just Google that term and you will be embarking on a magical mystery tour. Here is a video of just one idea…

Quite the result from an old Cheshire loo.

Full Auction Details

Click Here

If sold, the archived details are: click here

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Earlier Information: 5th October 2021


Facebook Still Sucks

Schadenfreude News

Facebook has noble ideas but was founded by a deeply flawed individual. On 5th October 2021 it seems that all the ducking, diving, obfuscating of this company are finally headed towards it’s nemesis: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (here). That and the formidable, brave and eloquent Frances Haugen…


^^^ Frances Haugen: Top Left ^^^

A worthy candidate for the

US Presidential Medal of Freedom: Click Here


France Haugen is Mark Zuckerberg’s worst nightmare. She has given, clear, fair, constructive evidence before the US Senate today, 5th October 2021. The verdict:

Facebook are morally bankrupt.

The session before US Senators was compelling; magnetic even.

Facebook requires reform. Frankly it is difficult to see how Zuckerberg can remain in post, even though he owns 55% of the shares in this internet behemoth. Some evidence came very close to culpability in manslaughter charges against Zuckerberg.



^^^ Twitter & Facebook Bosses In Trouble ^^^

^^^ At US Senate Hearings ^^^

Yet the poor old lighthouse keeper gets “memed”!

Just like in all the Scooby Doo cartoons!

Full disclosure, here at Unique Property Bulletin we lost over 7,000 readers (or followers as Facebook call their monetized subscribers).

When we tried to recover the modest £2,000 annual spend with Facebook, we were faced with a writ-dodging cowboy outfit of quasi-professional law-manipulators and evaders. Simply put, as a company based in the UK, we couldn’t get hold of anyone in the Facebook UK office. All arrows pointed to Eire! To hire a lawyer in the Republic of Ireland was expensive. Their advice, and this was apparently to hundreds, maybe thousands of litigants enquiring about civil suit against Facebook was the company works hard to evade litigation. It specialises in running up your legal bills. Fight with Facebook and you risk your company going bankrupt in fees alone. Ummmhh.

So we waived goodbye to 7,000 readers and £2,000. We also stopped advertising with Facebook (click here).

The trouble is, many, many organisations did the same and Facebook lost a lot of business.

So Facebook executives took a conscious decision to place children in harm’s way to boost their profits.

That has done a remarkable thing in the current severely divided politics of America: it has united Democrat and Republican senators to bring Facebook to account.

Meanwhile in our small world, whilst Facebook was an excellent way of letting friends and readers know about unusual properties that were/are currently for sale, it simply was not worth the candle. That social media platform has a disreputable business model created by a deeply unpleasant character. Now it seems there is sufficient political willpower in America to repel the huge lobbyist business at Washington DC and get a grips of this rogue outfit. Facebook should be a social platform with some decency. Ironically Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen still thinks that her former employer can be brought back from the edge of extinction.

Social media matters to this website and our readers, as our job is to bring you unique properties for sale.

We have just spent half a million pounds on a new HQ building to grow what was an eccentric Blog into a proper and FREE website to help…

Unique People Find Unique Homes.

Meanwhile, on topic with regard to Zuckerberg and company…  

Facebook’s Day of Reckoning.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

Click Here

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Earlier Listing: 19th September 2021


Fancy building one of these…

 ^^^ An Example of A Newbuild Project ^^^

As promised, we have a rejoinder to the earlier Horning Windmill sale price-v-newbuild cost. The genres are different. The reason being, if you build a windmill on the windy north coats, the thing will take off like a helicopter and end up in Norway!

Here is our solution to the £525,000 price tag on what is a very small windmill in Norfolk.

Seaview Building Plot

For sale: Just reduced from £44,500 to…

 £34,500.

With enduring Planning Permission. 

^^^ Serviced Building Plot For Sale ^^^

^^^ This Is The Actual View From The Site ^^^

Reduced Price…

£34,500

Freehold

Ideal for “remote working”

For the past three years there has been a scarcity of LIGHTHOUSE BUILDINGS FOR SALE and our sister website that lists lighthouses has struggled to locate fresh buildings of this genre. There are a few but these can be rare: Click here.

So we thought it might be an idea to consider an alternate solution…

Build Your Own Lighthouse Tower & Home

Example Newbuild Design…

^^^ American Style of Lighthouse ^^^

For Sale In 2020 For $1,300,000.

The Seaview Building Plot is for sale in the UK at a recently reduced price of £34,500 (here) for the freehold site WITH enduring planning permission to build this relatively normal detached house (described as “luxury” by the former owners)…

EXISTING PLANNING PERMISSION

FOR THIS NEWBUILD DESIGN…



^^^ Existing Planning Permission ^^^

For This Newbuild

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Seaview Building PLOT For Sale: £34,500 (here).

To build the house will cost an additional amount

to the £34,500 for the building plot.

The planning permission already has the benefit of a “meaningful start” which means it is an “enduring” planning permission. The roads and water + electricity + telephone lines etc., have been commenced well within the three years of the original permission as can be clearly evidenced…

^^^ The Final Tarmac Top Is Not Laid Yet ^^^

Rather than lay this new final tarmac, then dig it up and

relay etc., to put various services in,

the hardcore is currently utilised by

works vehicles to the Seabreezes building site.

So the worst case scenario is you get to build a very nice detached house (here) with magnificent seaviews.

The best case scenario? We are suggesting asking the planning authorities for something a little bit special. A variation on the permission and to include a tower within a revised planning permission.

There is a lot of good will in re-populating rural areas just now. So if the new owner of this very competitively priced, fully serviced building plot were to seek a new design such as the example we feature, you may well be a pleasant surprise in store for a genuinely unique newbuild home on this site…

^^^ Proposed Newbuild Example ^^^

The Seabreezes building site is

much higher up and

further back from the sea.

If you are fed up with the daily Covid television and newspaper news and just want a new life where you can breathe freely and walk on the sandy beach; live without the information overload of the pandemic, then maybe this remote piece of land with full and enduring planning permission is the answer.

Especially if you applied to change the existing planning permission so that you could build your own design, perhaps along these lines…

PROPOSED REVISED NEWBUILD WOULD REQUIRE A

VARIATION OF THE EXISTING PLANNING PERMISSION

^^^ Example of A Newbuild Design ^^^

To be built on a bargain building plot in the UK at £34,500

(you will need to ADD the cost of the newbuild house).

This site already has planning permission. Surely a

variation to your preferred design is worth seeking?

Would you enjoy living here?

The American estate agency details are still online…

For Inspiration: Click Here.

Or are you still playing Russian Roulette with Covid “D” and waiting for the next variant Covid “E” and whatever wretched wonders that brings with it?

London and all the major UK cities have great merit and vibrant life. But it is looking like this will be the state of city life for 5 to 10 years…

^^^ London Underground During Covid ^^^

Safe?

Photo Reproduced Courtesy of Alamy (Fee paid)

Coronavirus is forecast to be with us much longer than the 1918 pandemic (here). Why? We have 7.8 billion people on the planet in 2020 (here) as opposed to the estimated 1.8 billion in 1918.

It is a matter of basic arithmetic. Lethal pandemic variants happen when there is a large population.

Adding an extra 6 billion covid human hosts onto the planet for the virus to mutate in is seriously unfavourable arithmetic.

We are not epidemiologists here at Unique Property Bulletin. But we can count.

It is a mathematical certainty that there will be a Covid “E” variant. We don’t wish to get into the regular Covid conversation that plagues us all nowadays. But our own enquiry level from our readers seeking to leave covid-cities and lockdown-towns has increased FOURFOLD.

So something odd is going on.

Hence this segment with a remote and very affordable building plot.

Whilst your newbuld unique home is being constructed, we would recommend that you look at buying something half decent to live in as temporary accommodation.

For example, one of these nifty units would be far better than the typical site caravan that many self-builders buy and endure for several months. This looks faster, warmer, cleaner, bigger and better in all ways than the old caravan solution…

 

^^^ Fast Built Home ^^^

An Interesting Option Whilst You Build Your Dream House

At this point, you might be saying, that the price for this building plot and a sanctuary away from the madding crowd is very good.

The view is relatively “unique.”

But the house on the planning permission is fairly modern.

Our rejoinder is this: We would seek a different planning permission for a lighthouse style of dwelling to maximise the sea views and give the house a decent, properly unique character.

Your site and views only cost…

£34,500

So you have a decent budget to

build your style of unique home.

The first step to your new life?

Buy that bargain building site…

Click Here

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Earlier Listing: 12th September 2021


Rare Gem Up For Sale Again

Don’t Mill Around: These Sell Fast

£525,000 Freehold

We have covered this little beauty several times over the decades.

^^^ The Windmill ^^^

Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8PS.

Owned for 11 years from 2004 to 2015; then 6 years from 2015 to 2021. So don’t lose hope if the “sold” sign goes up pretty quickly! We have two helpful things to bear in mind: (a) It will likely be back for sale in a few years and (b) we will show you in the next post a very efficient solution to your yearning if this exquisite and diminutive windmill does it for you.



^^^ The Windmill ^^^

Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8PS.

For option “b” we reckon that a viable alternative is to buy a suitable plot of land and build your own version. In the most empirical of terms, the 484 square feet of space costs £1,084 per square foot


 


Many years ago, our Unique Property Bulletin editor worked in London and there was a phrase the used in the building business…

“How much does it cost to park your waste paper basket”

Back in the 1990s anything over £500 per square foot was considered a lot and that was in Chelsea.

The phrase is thought provoking because you are almost burning money to park that waste paper basket on a space of approximately 1 square feet.

The point?

This windmill at Horning is picture postcard perfect. But the cost per square foot to buy is very high. Yes of course the added scenery and waterside location increase the value, but if you forensically dissect the cost of a site and the building of something similar, we can get this to the £150,000 mark. Will have this in a new post in a week or so. For now a couple more photos of this amazing home…

^^^ The Windmill ^^^

Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8PS.

^^^ The Windmill ^^^

Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8PS.

^^^ The Windmill ^^^

Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8PS.

^^^ The Windmill ^^^

Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8PS.

^^^ The Windmill ^^^

Ferry Road, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8PS.

Full Details…

Click Here

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Helpful Rule Number 7

Unique Property Bulletin was started during 1984 in the mind of the editor whilst he was at a private island sanctuary that cost £5 per year (yup, a fiver for 12 months on a lease that he renewed for several years…

^^^ Rent A Ruin: £5 A Year ^^^

The Old Lookout was renovated by the editor of Unique Property Bulletin…

^^^ Davaar Island ^^^

The Old Lookout After Full Renovation.

^^^ Davaar Island ^^^

This wonderful photo is by Andrew MacPherson

The island could be reached via causeway at low tide…

^^^ Davaar Island ^^^

Low tide and the Dhorlin Causeway revealed.

^^^ Davaar Island ^^^

Birthplace of Unique Property Bulletin in 1984.

Home for 7 years.

Hence our reckoning about moving being a seven year thing.

=> We’ve taken to describing this “SEVEN YEAR ITCH” thing for a reason.

=> To help you.

Definitively, the number of times folk move is a very difficult question to answer with precision. Some organisations say in the UK folk move once every 23 years (here). We preferred the opinion of a removal form who quoted around 8 times in a lifetime (here).

Our own 7-year-itch move rate may be biased because we write about and see some amazing properties, such as the example of Davaar Island in this epiogue on our front page.

=> So what is the point of mentioning this Unique Property Rule?

Well it’s about how often a particular house comes up for sale, rather than how often folk move. Though generally (apart from inheritance moving), the Venn diagram of people moving and house sales are very similar circles.

=> It can be as short as just ONE year. Do you see where we are going with this?

 We’ve seen a lighthouse on Orkney come back on the sale market after just 365 days. That was terribly sad as someone’s dream was to live in a lighthouse and it fell apart after a just one year. That, by the way is why we recommend you HOLIDAY at a lighthouse station for TWO WEEKS in the SUMMER and crucially TWO WEEKS during the WINTER. To see if you like lighthouse life an importantly if it likes you.

But our main point is this…

We mention our seven year itch moving rule because if the average property comes up for sale once every seven years, then you might well be advised to…

RUMMAGE THROUGH OUR ARCHIVES

AS YOU MAY FIND AN OLD, SOLD PROPERTY

THAT MAY COME BACK UP FOR SALE.

We’ve been very lucky that way and hope you will too.

So without further ado, may we invite you on your new journey of rummaging for an island or a castle or a lighthouse or an old railway station to convert.

We even have folk looking to buy old airfields from WW2…

Earlier Editions of

Unique Property Bulletin.

Go on, have a rummage through our drawers…

Click Here

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