Savvy buyers seek out property that needs a little TLC. Wreck rescue makes financial sense. If rising house prices are making it difficult for us to be a country of homeowners, try shopping around for properties that need some work. Whether they would benefit from a lick of paint or have to be stripped right back, you could snap up a bargain and then add value. Here are ten places ripe for refurbishment and full of potential. [slideshow_deploy id='3312'] For more property advice or to find homes in need of renovation contact your nearest Winkworth office. Click here to find yours.
Savvy buyers seek out property that needs a little TLC. Wreck rescue makes financial sense.
If rising house prices are making it difficult for us to be a country of homeowners, try shopping around for properties that need some work. Whether they would benefit from a lick of paint or have to be stripped right back, you could snap up a bargain and then add value. Here are ten places ripe for refurbishment and full of potential.
Tollington Road, London N7 £925,555
This six-bedroom house off Holloway Road is in need of total refurbishment. There is plenty of scope for the imagination here. The small kitchen could be enlarged into one of the three reception rooms. The four bedrooms on the first and second floors are all of a good size and the two smaller ones on the top floor could become a master suite. The 31ft garden offers further potential for an extension, subject to planning permissions. Call Winkworth?s Kentish Town office on 020 7485 9210; www.winkworth.co.uk
Main Street, Sudbrook, Lincs. £295,000
Glebe Farm is a traditional four-square detached farmhouse that needs a little love and attention. It comes with a detached, single storey barn that has planning permission for a residential conversion. Or you can buy it without the barn for £225,000. Sudbrook is six miles from Grantham, on the main line to Kings Cross. Call Winkworth?s Grantham office on 01476 578888; www.winkworth.co.uk
Frankland Crescent, Poole £579,950
Situated in the Lower Parkstone area of Poole, this four-bedroom character property needs updating. The decor is a little tired, but there are some fabulous period features and the large windows let in plenty of light. The back garden faces west and there is a garage and driveway with parking for several cars. A full range of shops can be found nearby at Penn Hill village. Call Winkworth?s Penn Hill office 01202 733000; www.winkworth.co.uk/
Tait House, Waterloo, London SE1 £500,000
This unmodernised two-bed leasehold apartment is on the second floor of Tait House, an unusual curved block just off The Cut in Waterloo. This is a superb opportunity to snap up a flat in a bustling, central location. Both bedrooms are a good size and the living room has a balcony. Some of the rooms retain the original parquet flooring. Call Winkworth?s Kennington office on 020 7587 0600; www.winkworth.co.uk
Crescent Road, Alverstoke, Hampshire £596,000
This elegant five-storey Regency terrace with sea views has seven bedrooms and a coach house. The bedroom accommodation is currently spread all over the house, so you might want to rethink the layout. The building requires complete modernisation and some internal refiguring to make it a perfect family house. The outbuildings offer easy parking and potentially further accommodation. The whole is Grade II*, which means you may not have a totally free hand with your plans, but its character features include wide floorboards, ornate cornices and window shutters. Call Winkworth?s Winchester office on 01962 866777; www.winkworth.co.uk
Harold Road, Crystal Palace, London SE19 £1.35m
For sale for the first time in 50 years, this substantial, detached, six-bedroom Victorian house needs some general updating. The room sizes are generous, beginning with the spacious reception hall. Its current configuration has a kitchen on each of the three floors but the ground floor one could be enlarged and the other two turned into bathrooms, making this a lovely family home. The garden is attractive and there is off-road parking to the front. Call Winkworth?s Crystal Palace office on 020 8655 9530; www.winkworth.co.uk
High Street, Market Deeping, Cambridgeshire £350,000
At the heart of the town, this honey-coloured stone cottage has undergone some modernisation, but there is plenty of opportunity to add your own stamp. Currently, it has two bedrooms upstairs, but one is enormous and was once two rooms; this could be so again. There is a further bedroom downstairs which could then become an extra reception room or study. The kitchen leads into a day room, but there is also a separate dining room as well as an attractive living room. Outside, a stone archway leads from the street to a large parking area, while the 100ft garden is just waiting for a firm hand. Call Winkworth?s Market Deeping office 01778 347098; www.winkworth.co.uk
Avenue Road, London N15 £385,000
This standalone, detached period terrace has two bedrooms and a box room. The bathroom is downstairs, but there may be scope to extend to the side. Certainly there is plenty of opportunity to create a comfortable home. There is a small yard behind and a garden area to the front. Seven Sisters Tube station is within easy walking distance. Call Winkworth?s Harringay office on 020 8800 5151; www.winkworth.co.uk
Valley Prospect, Newark, Nottinghamshire £165,000
Situated on a corner plot, this two-bed detached bungalow needs updating and could even be extended to make a fabulous family home. It?s close to town, sports facilities and parkland, in a quiet road. It already has double-glazing, but really needs redecoration throughout. There is off-street parking and room to build a garage if required. Call Winkworth?s Newark office on 01636 611666; www.winkworth.co.uk
Minerva Close London, SW9 £595,000
If you work in central London, this three-bedroom house just off the Brixton Road is convenient yet tucked away. The living room opens onto a paved garden area perfect for entertaining. The kitchen and de'cor need attention, but the potential is there. A short walk brings you to Oval station, on the Northern Line, just nine minutes from Charing Cross. If you drive, the off-street parking takes away another headache. There are shops just around the corner and nearby Little Portugal for tapas treats and wonderful custard tarts. Call Winkworth?s Kennington office 020 7587 0600; www.winkworth.co.uk
For more property advice or to find homes in need of renovation contact your nearest Winkworth office. Click here to find yours.