January Unusual Auction Properties of the Month

Property auctions are a great place to find unique properties on the open market. In this article, we’ve shared a selection of unusual lots available across the UK throughout January 2024.

2 Historic Buildings, Westcombe

(For Sale with SDL Property Auctions)

2 Historic Buildings in Westcombe - For Sale with SDL Property Auctions with a Guide Price of £350,000 (January 2024)

Spanning approximately 0.48 acres, this property boasts two historic buildings and is positioned between Northdown Road and Westcombe Lane, a mere stone’s throw away from the heart of Bideford town centre. The site previously secured planning permission for the transformation and construction of six flats and seven houses, complemented by 19 parking spaces, landscaping, and all relevant infrastructure.

Additionally, there is endless potential for alternative conversion opportunities depending on obtaining the required permission. With a strategic location and a pre-approved development plan, this property offers a promising canvas for residential expansion or potential adaptive reuses.

The property will be brought to auction by SDL Property Auctions on 31st January 2024, with a Guide Price of £350,000.

2 Stone Barns, Liskeard

(For Sale with Kivells Auctions)

2 Stone Barns in Liskeard - For Sale with Kivells Auctions with a Guide Price of £50,000 (January 2024)

Situated in a tranquil rural valley setting, Bulland Barn comprises two adjacent traditional stone barns, presenting significant potential pending planning approval. Nestled in the scenic Draynes Valley on the fringes of Bodmin Moor, this property offers captivating views.

The village of St Cleer, boasting amenities like a primary school, pub, and church, is conveniently 2½ miles away. Liskeard, approximately 5 miles southeast, provides a broader range of facilities, including a mainline railway station and easy access to the A38 trunk road, connecting to Plymouth and Bodmin. The South Cornish Coast, just over half an hour away, beckons with its stunning beaches, charming coves, and bustling harbour villages.

Kivells Auctions will bring the lot to auction on 17th January 2024, with a Guide Price of £50,000.

Former Congregational Church, Middleton

(For Sale with Pugh Auctions)

Former Congregational Church in Middleton - For Sale with Pugh Auctions with a Guide Price of £175,000 (January 2024)

This former church premises, crafted in an “L” shape encompasses two interconnected areas. Comprising two main meeting rooms and supplementary spaces, the property enjoys an elevated position, providing a delightful outlook over the beloved village of Middleton. Offering potential for investors, this property could be converted or used for several alternative ventures, depending on obtaining the necessary consent.

Situated in the upland village of Middleton and on the periphery of the Peak District National Park, the location offers a charming rural setting. With proximity to Matlock, Bakewell, and Wirksworth, as well as notable attractions, this property on Chapel Lane presents diverse possibilities.

The lot will be brought to auction by Pugh Auctions on 30th January 2024, with a Guide Price of £175,000.

Commercial Premises, Derby

(For Sale with SDL Property Auctions)

Commercial Premises in Derby - For Sale with SDL Property Auctions with an Opening Bid of £695,000 (January 2024)

This commercial premises in Derby has undergone several recent changes including new windows and wiring and is an exciting opportunity. The potential exists to create a separate apartment on the second floor, contingent on securing planning permission. Prospective buyers should consider viewing to see the endless potential of this property which offers an open-plan layout including two internal staircases, maximising usable floor space. The adaptable design makes the premises suitable for various purposes, such as offices, leisure facilities, or potential residential rental accommodation for multiple tenants, depending on planning consent.

Refurbished to a high standard, the second floor currently serves as unused storage space, presenting an opportunity for further development. Located in a prime area in Derby, this property offers versatile possibilities for discerning buyers and is near local amenities.

SDL Property Auctions will bring the lot to auction on 24th January 2024, with an Opening Bid of £695,000.

Methodist Church, Newlyn

(For Sale with Town & Country Property Auctions)

Methodist Church in Newlyn - For Sale with Town & Country Property Auctions with a Guide Price of £175,000 (January 2024)

Nestled in the coastal settlement of Newlyn, renowned for its harbour and the Newlyn School of Art, this unique building spans three floors, providing substantial accommodation. No longer used for worship for over a decade, the property requires refurbishment. Prospective buyers may explore diverse options, including residential conversion, contingent upon securing all necessary planning consent.

Offered with vacant possession, the property’s layout includes a lower ground floor with a former toilet, store room, and boiler room. The ground floor encompasses an entrance vestibule, principal congregation space, vestry, and another store room. The first floor features additional congregation space. Positioned in a locale rich in maritime and artistic history, this property in Newlyn presents an opportunity for adaptive reuse.

Town & Country Property Auctions will bring this lot to auction on 25th January 2024, with a Guide Price of £175,000.

Rechabite Hall, Newport

(For Sale with Auction House Wales)

Rechabite Hall in Newport - For Sale with Auction House Wales with an Opening Bid of £75,000 (January 2024)

Offering a prime redevelopment opportunity, this substantial detached stone building, used as a hall, is prominently situated in Abercarn on Gwyddon Road, just off the main A467 link road to Newport and The M4. Subject to the planning consent, the property holds significant potential for transformation. The current configuration includes a self-contained one-bedroom flat on the ground floor.

The ground floor features a main hall with a kitchen area and a second room, while the flat encompasses a lounge/kitchen, one bedroom, and a shower room. The upper floors consist of one room on the first floor and another in the attic.

The property will be brought to auction by Auction House Wales on 15th January with an Opening Bid of £75,000.

3 Bed Cottage, Pwllheli

(For Sale with Property Solvers Online Auctions)

3 Bed Cottage in Pwllheli - For Sale with Property Solvers Online Auctions with an Opening Bid of £115,000 (January 2024)

This well-maintained three-bedroom semi-detached property is located in the picturesque Llithfaen in Pwllheli, North West Wales. The house, in excellent condition, boasts tasteful decor, original features, and expansive views. The entrance leads to a spacious living/dining area, a fully equipped galley kitchen, a small rear yard and the family bathroom with a 3-piece suite.

The property’s three double bedrooms, including a twin room, a master room, and a rear bedroom used as a sitting room with patio doors to a balcony, showcase stunning countryside views. Given Llithfaen’s recognition as a “Place to Visit in Wales” by Trip Advisor, the property holds potential for use as a holiday let or highly favourable rental.

The lot will be brought to auction by Property Solvers Online Auctions on 12th January 2024 with an Opening Bid of £115,000.

2 Bed Character Property, Richmond

(For Sale with iamsold)

2 Bed Character Property in Richmond - For Sale with iamsold with a Starting Bid of £140,000 (January 2024)

Nestled in a private yard off Newbiggin, this two-bedroom character property is located upon a row of charming stone-built cottages. An excellent opportunity for first-time buyers or those seeking a holiday home, the cosy accommodation is spread across three floors. The ground floor introduces a spacious kitchen,  while the first floor hosts a living room, with stairs leading to the second-floor landing providing access to two bedrooms and a bathroom with a roll-top bath, WC, and washbasin.

Currently used as a short-term rental, the property is occupied by tenants but will be sold with vacant possession, offering a versatile prospect for potential buyers in Richmond.

Modern Method of Auctioneer iamsold will bring the lot to auction on 5th January 2024 with a Starting Bid of £140,000.

Former Salvation Army Hall, Soham

(For Sale with Auction House East Anglia)

Former Salvation Army Hall in Soham - For Sale with Auction House East Anglia with a Guide Price of £60,000 (January 2024)

This Salvation Army Hall is now available for potential residential conversion with the requisite planning permission and presents an opportunity for a unique dwelling. Featuring a spacious meeting room, toilets, and a kitchen, the site’s potential for residential development becomes apparent with the necessary planning approvals in place.

Situated on the town’s outskirts, the location provides convenient access to local amenities such as shops, schools, and a rail link to Ely and Newmarket. The property comprises a main hall, along with ladies’ and gentlemen’s toilets, complemented by a kitchen. This versatile space holds promise for transformation into a distinctive residential property.

The lot will be brought to auction by Auction House East Anglia on 22nd January 2024, with a Guide Price of £60,000.

Character Property, Broxbourne

(For Sale with iamsold)

Character Property in Broxbourne - For Sale with iamsold with a Starting Bid of £1,300,000 (January 2024)

This former care home is now on offer in an excellent prime location, near various amenities, including Broxbourne station. This unique character property presents a distinctive opportunity, given its scarcity and advantageous placement within the community.

The proximity to Broxbourne station ensures convenient access to transportation links, enhancing the property’s appeal and potential uses. With its rare availability and strategic positioning, this former care home is well-suited for various purposes, promising a valuable investment or development prospect for investors.

The lot will be brought to auction by iamsold, Modern Method of Auctioneer, on 19th January 2024, with a Starting Bid of £1,300,000.