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Unique Property Bulletin 26 January 2014

Wet, Wet, Wet

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 Spiers Wharf, Glasgow – Berth Only – Supply Own Vessel (c) 2014 Canalside Cottages

Apologies to Marti Pellow and his band colleagues for utilising their wet, wet, wet phrase. This week we are afloat at the Bulletin. Not for the first time – many happy adventures on the water to date.

We were fishing for property and pulled in two similar quayside places to live. One in London, and one at Glasgow. Apart from the attraction to many of living life afloat – and it is great fun by the way – we couldn’t quite get over the price differential. Admittedly one of the two lots listed below includes an actual barge, and is in Canary Wharf London – a very expensive part of the planet to reside. But for sheer contrast the cost of living variation between places can be eye opening. In the Canary Wharf case eye watering !

Having worked on a harbour with water at three of four sides on the pier, what was striking whilst at that place, is that from any given piece of this navigable water connected to the sea, and with the right vessel, a person can literally go to all ports in all continents on our wonderful planet. A marine roadway to pretty much all destinations worldwide. With that kind of mobility, the price contrast below is all the more intriguing.

In the humble opinion of the writer, a lot boils down to owning the land below the water on any stretch of canal or waterway where land ownership is possible. We even featured a piece of canal for sale for around £9,000 in the Bulletin during 1995 which was a cracking bargain then, and solves many issues that unusual home seekers looking for life afloat require to be settled.

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Spiers Wharf, Glasgow (c) 2014 Canalside Cottages

Anyways, onto the two contrasting items for sale. The first quayside place to berth your vessel [boat not included] is as per the seller’s description:-

Just Released – Residential Berth – Speirs Wharf, Glasgow – Lease for a 3-Year Period

Bid Price is the ANNUAL mooring fee. Speirs Wharf puts Glasgow’s city centre right on your doorstep and places the city’s pubs, restaurants, parks, museums and theatres within easy reach. With a direct pedestrian connection, you are never more than ten minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Glasgow.

The Wharf is located on the Glasgow branch of the Forth & Clyde Canal. This means that you’ll be able to use your boat to explore this beautiful waterway that runs right across Scotland. For the environmentally-conscious, Speirs Wharf offers the option to ‘Go Green’ and walk or cycle to work. Overall, Speirs Wharf provides the chance to enjoy a city-centre lifestyle in one of Scotland’s most vibrant locations. It is the ideal choice for anyone looking for a unique home in an exceptional place. Other benefits of this location include:

A more sustainable lifestyle that will allow you to get closer to nature.

The opportunity to enjoy real quality of life in a unique location.

Great local amenities, including shops, schools and leisure facilities.

The chance to explore new leisure opportunities.

Further information on the area …

Location: Speirs Wharf, Craighall Road, Glasgow, G4 9TB

Tenure: Leasehold.

Guide: £1,750 Leasehold – Annual Fee – Berth Only – Own Vessel To Be Supplied.

Contact Berth Owner Tel: 0141 354 7534 or via Canalside Cottage Contact Page. Please can readers help Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


Wet Canary

Canary Wharf Barge 1

London Finance Centre – Canary Wharf Barge & Berth (c) 2014 Ribrace

The second offering of our wet, wet wet reverie this week is at Canary Wharf in London.

A 1926 built hull based on a traditional Dutch Barge. Converted to residential use in 2002.

Owner’s Description: Amazing location in London. 3 bedrooms, 3 bathroom plus self contained 1 bed/1 bathroom flat. 2500sqft living space.

Mooring fee is £950.

 Canary Wharf Barge 2

Comforts Abound – Barge Home, London (c) 2014 Ribrace

The £300,000 starting guide may seem a large slice of fivers for a vessel and mooring. But it is located at a major centre of high finance and handsome property prices. This barge is also moored alongside some impressive and expensive real estate. Our floating example may be a third of a million squid to start, but the alternate – to buy a shore based place to live with a view of the water instead of a view from the water whilst floating on it, you are looking at £2,250,000 …

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Canary Wharf – View From Ashore £2,250,000 (c) 2014 Foxtons

Dry Land Prices – Like The View – Sky High

So there is an interesting set of parameters to consider in this week’s first two listings. The geographic – living afloat can vary in cost hugely depending upon where you are berthed.

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Live Up In The Skyscrapers, Or Amongst The Boats: Your Choice (c) 2014 Ribrace

The second is the virtue of life afloat versus life ashore. Our Canary Wharf example shows living on the water at around 1/7th the cost of living ashore with a view of that very same stretch of water.

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Canary Wharf Barge – View From The Barge (c) 2014 Ribrace

Food for thought. Here at the Bulletin, past adventures have required stints afloat, and it has been sublime. Just getting up in the morning, and taking a cup of coffee and slice of toast up to the Bridge of the vessel, and seeing such wonderful sea views. Also the thing is, if any given sea view is not to your liking, you just lift anchor, sail away, and find another view. Personally I think everyone should try living on a ship at some point in life.

 Canary Wharf Barge 3

Room To Work & Play – Canary Wharf Barge & Berth (c) 2014 Ribrace

Location: Berth & Barge, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road, West India Docks, London, E14 4AE.

Tenure: Vessel Traditional 64/64 Ownership – Plus Leasehold Berth.

Guide: £300,000 to £450,000

Contact Via Ebay Page Below. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the estate agent/owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

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Unique Property Competition

Back for a return appearance – the Unique Property Bulletin competition prize:

Unique Property Bulletin December Competition Jingle Coins

Jingle Coins – Unique Property Bulletin Prize – Mainly For Fun

This is a very modest prize. Here is the

Competition Hint

What Is The Bulletin’s Favourite Genre Of Unique Property?

Free to enter. Just let us know your guess of who you think the above Competition Hint refers to? Please email your entry to us by 31st January 2014.

Email free entries to:-

Unique Property Bulletin Competition Entry Contact Page


An Old Banger


Former Munitions Store, Gosport, Hampshire (c) 2014 Clive Emson

Well hopefully not too big, or noisy a banger. This former munitions store in Hampshire is coming up for auction and is a curious mix of military and imagination of what can be done with this. An armoured home perhaps?

Auctioneer’s Description: Originally part of Priddy’s Hard, the Royal Navy Munitions Store in Gosport, this substantial vacant building extends to around 5,000 sq.ft. (465 sq.m.) in a pleasant wooded if somewhat overgrown location of approximately 0.8 of an acre. It is considered that the building may offer scope and potential for a variety of future uses, subject to all necessary consents being obtainable.

Location: Former Munitions Store, Britannia Way, Priddys Hard, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4FZ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £35,000 – Auction Lot Number 96. Auction Date 12th February 2014. Remember to check if this is a Failed To Sell At Auction if you come across this listing after the auction date.

Contact Clive Emson Agencies Tel: 0845 6001265 – Rob Marchant or Mike Marchant. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


Old Ambulance Station

Ambulance Station Looe

Ambulance Station, The Millpool, Looe, Cornwall (c) 2014 Eddisons

By the looks of the very modern architect style design buildings either side of this old Ambulance Station, there has to be a question mark on whether this is a renovation/conversion project, or a complete demolition with a very modern and perhaps fairly unique structure in it’s place.

There is also a question mark on whether the current tenant – at a peppercorn rent – is minded to move. The moral and legal position regarding this should be checked thoroughly before putting your paw in the air and waiving at the auctioneer when Lot 123 is placed for sale.

Auctioneer’s Description: A detached two storey ambulance station originally constructed in 1941 and opened in 1946. The building is currently used as a station house by St John’s Ambulance Service and sits on a site of about 0.01 hectares (0.02 acres). The site may offer future redevelopment opportunities, subject to obtaining the necessary statutory consents.

 Ambulance Station Looe View

 Ambulance Station – Picturesque View, Looe, Cornwall (c) 2014 Eddisons

This old Ambulance Station is located at Looe – a coastal town and fishing port on the south Cornwall coast and lies about 20 miles west of Plymouth and 25 miles east of St Austell. The town is divided in two by the River Looe with East Looe and West Looe being connected by a road bridge forming part of the A387, which is the main route in to the town. Looe railway station provides regional rail services.

Beech Terrace is situated in West Looe and runs north west from Polperro Road (A387). The property occupies a prominent location on the south side of the road overlooking the Millpool and Quayside within a few minutes walk of the town centre. The town’s main car ark is adjacent to the property.

VAT – The Auctioneer is informed that VAT is applicable to this lot.

Location: Old Ambulance Station, The Millpool, Beech Terrace, Looe, Cornwall, PL13 2AQ.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £150,000 – Lot 123. Auction scheduled for 18th February 2014

Contact Eddisons Property Auctions Tel: 0113 243 0101. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


Unique Property Bulletin

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View of Loo

Loo St Austell

Former Public Convenience, St Austell, Cornwall (c) 2014 Clive Emson

Really sorry about this, but after the Ambulance Station at Looe with the sea view, we couldn’t resist this view of a loo. It is a bargain at £5,000. You would be amazed what other folk have achieved with what appear to be aromatically challenged structures…

Though it may be this old loo is destined for the demolition ball and a brand new, super fresh structure built in it’s stead.

Auctioneer’s Description: An interesting and unusual opportunity to acquire this detached former public convenience block located on the edge of the village. The building could lend itself to a variety of different uses subject to all necessary consent being obtainable. At the time of publication the Auctioneers have been unable to internally inspect all of the property. These details have been provided by the Seller and interested applicants should rely on their own investigations to verify the information provided.

The building is approximately 6.4 metres x 3.5 metres externally.

Location: Former Public Convenience, Treverbyn Road, Stenalees, St Austell, Cornwall, PL26 8TL.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £5,000. Lot 121. Auction scheduled for 13th February 2014.

Contact Clive Emson Auctioneers Tel: 0845 6013633 – Katie Semmens or Scott Gray. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner/auctioneer know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou.

Online Brochure ….


Bridge, Boats and Trains

Bridge Cottage

Bridge Cottage, Porthmadog, Gwynedd (c) 2014 Tom Parry/Harman Healy

Not the most spectacularly unusual building that we have featured, but this Grade II Listed Bridge Cottage has some unique features. There is the famous Ffestiniog Railway running right by the front door – like tram tracks in the roadway.

Bridge Cottage John Firth

Bridge Cottage, Porthmadog, Gwynedd (c) 2014 John Firth

Bridge Cottage can be seen to the right of the above photograph – just.

The thought of dropping the fishing line over one side of your property and relaxing whilst one of these little wonders steams by on another sort of line, just makes this little house a bit special.

Added to which, and this is unfortunate, the sale is a mortgagee in possession. Oftentimes this means the bank taking a hit rather than the distressed former occupants who will already have had a bit of a bad time of it.

So this little house needs a new owner to bring it back to life.

Bridge Cottage Alan Fryer

Bridge Cottage – Showing The Exquisite Tiled Facia (c) 2014 Alan Fryer

Auctioneer Summary: A two bedroom Grade II listed detached bungalow overlooking the Glaslyn Estuary, with views down river towards the mountains. The Ffestiniog Railway line runs to the front of the property. Refurbishment is required.

Location: Bridge Cottage, Porthmadog, Gwynedd, LL49 9NG.

Tenure: Freehold.

Guide: £120,000. Auction scheduled for 30th January 2014. Always remember to check if this lot Failed To Sell At Auction, if you stumble upon this listing after the auction date.

Previously Sold: 9th November 2001 for £86,500.

Contact Harman Healy Auctioneers Tel: 020 8649 7255. Viewing via Tom Parry & Co – 01766 512 505. Please can readers help the 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 ….


Unique Property Auctions – Update

For two decades our group at this end of the website, in various forms of commercial and domestic life have sold their buildings, and bought properties at auction. It is becoming a much more popular and effective way of transacting building sale and purchase.

Simultaneously at the Unique Property Bulletin we are having to review how the website is run. Like the principles espoused by internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee we believe that it should be as free to use as possible.

Tim Berners Lee WWW

Free Web Pioneer – Sir Tim Berners-Lee

Certainly our Unique Property Bulletin website is structured in this way – free to use by all readers. However, as recent health issues of website contributors have shown, it is not too good an idea to over-rely on one person plus some friends and volunteers to keep this particular website going. Especially as the Unique Property Bulletin .org and twin sites together with the Unique Property Bulletin Archive have powered through the 30,000 individual readership number.

To make sure the Bulletin remains free to use, and improves over time, we have mapped out a way forward. Whilst we are NOT an estate agency, there is a natural tendency to make sales happen along the way as a function of this website whilst sharing details of a whole host of unusual buildings. The most recent being the exclusively handled sale of the Nuclear Bunker at Ticehurst.


UKWMO ROC Nuclear Bunker Ticehurst (c) 2013 Matthew Bramhall

Full Details: UKWMO ROC Nuclear Bunker Ticehurst

Several readers – property owners – have asked if we could auction their property. At this precise moment the answer is no. Not in the fully professional manner we would look to. However, during 2014 we aim to remedy the ability to handle property sales via Unique Property Auctions. In fact we already have provisional agreement with a major Scottish and Northern Ireland Property Auctioneer to work together in what is known as a “Joint Agency Instruction” – both selling organisations working together in harmony. We are now looking to an equivalent premier London property auctioneer to complete a UK wide Unique Property Auction network to cover England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

How does this help keep the Unique Property Bulletin free for all readers? By establishing a modest Unique Property Auction venture, this will produce sales, plus a modest revenue stream. Enough to create either two part time, or one full time IT/Journalism post. Yes the volunteers will still gladly contribute.

We might even manage to get the “Extra Extra” element back up and running. But with a surer financial footing and more professional structure, the qualitative component and continuity of this website will be safeguarded.

This website sure isn’t William_Shakespeare but for whatever reason it has very pleasantly surprised the volunteers with a meteoric rise in website visitor numbers. Out of appreciation to the readership we really need to take appropriate steps to provide a sufficient income stream in order to create a new job for an appropriately qualified individual and ensure the website’s continuity, regardless of health issues besetting any given volunteer.

Ailsa Craig James Towill

An Earlier Unique Auction Sale Success

Ailsa Craig Island Lighthouse Compound (c) 2014 James Towill

In the meantime, for any unique property owner, if you would like to consider selling your unusual property via a Unique Property Auction, please get in touch …

Unique Property Auction & Bulletin Contact Page

Within the next few weeks we anticipate being able to steward “Joint Agency Instructions” between our own online Bulletin, and the appropriate regional/national firm of auctioneers.


Architecturally Unique

Edge Featured In Unique Property Bulletin 1

The Edge – Elegant, Sharp & Unique (c) 2014 Mobius Architects

This week we have a sharp and elegant home designed by Mobius Architects. This firm was established in 2005 and is owned by Przemyslaw Olczyk. Within this timeframe the incredibly imaginative architectural practice have evolved many client wishes from drawing board to real world homes of such incredible thought and creativity. A true wow factor for many.

Edge Featured In Unique Property Bulletin 2

The Edge – An Architectural Feast For The Eyes (c) 2014 Mobius Architects

The one that jumped off of the page for us here at the Bulletin is this property known as “The Edge”. An apt title given the crisp almost blade like edges. These are softened, even counterbalances by some very graceful curves once you get into the immediate environment of this wonderful home.

Edge Featured In Unique Property Bulletin 3

The Very Sharp Is Contrasted With Curve Appeal (c) 2014 Mobius Architects

If you would like to contact Mobius Architects to discus your unique plans for an unusual home, here are the details:-

Mobius Architekci, ul. Urzednicza 39/4, 30-048 Krakow, Poland

Tel +48 12 633 49 40.

At the moment, we are unsure whether Mobius Architects have had any commissions to design buildings in the United Kingdom, but as mentioned in previous Bulletins, such is the wonderful ease of communications, Broadband and travel nowadays, that international boundaries are virtually dissolved when it comes to creative and unique architectural design from one country to another.


Try Before You Buy …..

Souter Lighthouse & The Leas

 Lighthouse Souter David P Howard

Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, Whitburn, Sunderland (c) 2014 David Howard

As is usually the case – property included within the try-before-you-buy section of the Unique Property Bulletin – is NOT for sale. Our endeavour is to provide a sample, and actual experience of what it would be like to live in any particular genre of unusual abode for our readers to possibly call home in the future. This specific listing is for a short-stay break.

This week’s offering is at Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland, where you can rent a former Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage from the National Trust.

Best of all you can take a tour of a former lighthouse tower to fuel your imagination of what you might do, should you end up buying one of these magnificent life saving beacon structures to convert to your new home.

Lighthouse Tower Tours By Arrangement – 0191 529 3161

 Lighthouse Souter Alex McGregor

Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, Whitburn, Sunderland (c) 2014 Alex McGregor

Lighthouse Keeper Cottage – National Trust Summary: This cosy cottage stands at the seaward end of the Souter Lighthouse. There is a small, enclosed garden to the front where you can enjoy sea views.

Ground floor: entrance porch, hallway, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, bathroom with shower over bath.
First floor: two bedrooms (1 double with 5′ bed and 1 twin).

Heating: Gas central heating included.

Garden: Enclosed, private garden.

Parking: One allocated parking space beside the Lighthouse Tower.

Please Note: During the summer dogs are not allowed on the beach.

Lighthouse Souter John Darch

Lighthouse Keeper’s Cottage, Whitburn, Sunderland (c) 2014 John Darch

Location: Souter Lighthouse & Keeper’s Cottage, Coast Road, Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear, SR6 7NH.

Tenure: Short Term Holiday Stay.

Guide: From £280 for 2 nights. Please Check website link below for seasonal pricing variations. Save 15% Discount Jan and Feb Offer from 17/01/2014 to 12/02/2014

Contact: The National Trust Booking Office on 0844 335 1287. Please can readers help the Unique Property Bulletin stay free to use by letting the owner know that you found their property on the Unique Property Bulletin website. Thankyou

Online Brochure ….


Previously on Unique Property Bulletin …

Please Click Here To Catch Up With The Previous Bulletin – 19th January 2014



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