Unusual Auction Property

10 Alternative Auction Properties For Under £50k

Today I have put together a selection of alternative property investments which are going under the auction hammer in the next few weeks. There are a variety of unusual properties you can buy at a property auction – not just your standard 2-up-2 -down house!

So if you fancy an alternative property investment from auction – feast your eyes on these:

1.  Barn Living: Fancy a barn to convert in Norfolk with a £30k Guide?

This detached single storey former agricultural building is divided into two areas and extends to approximately 1,200ft² of internal floor space. The barn which is in good order has recently been used as a storage facility and other potential uses exist subject to the necessary consents being obtained. Electricity is connected to the property. Located close to a number of other barns which have already been converted to residential use, the property lies close to the A11 Norwich to London Road and is on the outskirts of the historic market town of Wymondham.

Going to auction on 1 December 2011 with Brown & Co


2. Car Park for sale: Fancy running a car parking business in Carlisle with a guide of £15k?

This town centre land is being sold by Cumbria County Council and is currently being used as car parking. The site area is approximately 61.54 sq m (74 sq yds). The land is situated at the junction of Warwick Street and Peter Street, opposite the Fire Station in Carlisle town centre.

Going to auction on 1 December 2011 with Pugh


3. Get Closer to God with this Welsh Chapel (& it has planning permission to convert to residential) for just £35k

A rare opportunity to purchase this former Grade II listed Chapel situated in the village of Talysarn which has basic local amenities and is within convenient travelling distance of Caernarfon town centre.  Planning permission (C07A/0289/22/LL) has been granted for the conversion and alteration of the Chapel to a dwelling in accordance with the application – plans submitted and planning conditions specified in the planning consent

Going to auction on 25 November 2011 with Dafydd Hardy Auctions


4. Get down and dirty with these £5k former public toilets in Bristol

Former public toilets situated with road frontage on Manor Road, Saltford providing easy access to Keynsham, Bath & Bristol. This is a single storey building currently arranged as male and female toilet facilities with good road frontage.  There is potential for redevelopment to residential, offices or garages subject to obtaining the necessary consents.

Going to auction 29 November 2011 with Maggs & allen


5.  Invite the Hotel Inspector round to your very own Fawlty Towers with this former guest house in Blackpool for £40k

Mid terraced three storey former guest house. Offering 3 bedroom owner’s accommodation on the lower ground floor, bar/dining area on ground floor and 7 letting bedrooms on first & second floor (two are en-suite) rest with shared bathroom & WC facilities.  The property is situated on Lonsdale Road in an established location for hotels and guest houses. The Promenade (A584) lies approximately 300 yards to the west and the town centre is approximately ¾ of a mile to the north.

Going to auction 1 December 2011 with Pugh


6. Got ‘green fingers?’ Join the ‘Grow Your Own Brigade’ with these £15k allotments in Cumbria

These allotments are situated just off Lowca Lane and accessed via a lane through a gate. There are over 20 sites in operation at present which could bring in an attractive rent for the purchaser. Suit investor or allotment owner.

Going to auction on 1 December 2011 with Auction House Cumbria


7. Bored of being a buy to let landlord? How about being a pub landlord with this Birkenhead pub at £40k?

Three storey detached former public house. The property is in need of refurbishment and offered with vacant possession.  Offering over 3,100 sq ft internal area arranged as a public house on the ground floor and residential accommodation of 6 rooms, kitchen and bathroom on the first and second floor.  The plot is situated on Duke Street (A5027) at the junctions with both Old Bidston Road and Brook Street, Birkenhead. The property lies approximately ¾ of a mile west of both the Kingsway and Queensway Mersey Tunnels.

Going to auction 1 December 2011 with Pugh


8. Will this former Mill in Derby be your development dream with a guide of £50k?

Requiring conversion, this former mill building could potentially be converted to provide seven apartments (subject to planning permission) or a variety of other uses. The present accommodation provides four floors, one of which being the basement and the fourth floor having the potential to have a partial mezzanine.  Situated a short distance from Derby City centre , Manchester Street is off Ashbourne Road within easy reach of Friar Gate and the Cathedral Quarter of Derby.

Going to auction 1 December 2011 with Graham Penny Auctions


9. “Hello, Hello, Hello What have we got here then?” A former police station in Manchester for £50k!

Single storey vacant former police station offering gross internal accommodation of 118.67 sq m. Outside there is parking and an enclosed yard area. The site area is approximately 267.34 sq m.  The property fronts Barlow Moor Road (A5145) at its junction with Beech Road in Chorlton area of Manchester. Junction 7 of the M60 Motorway lies approximately 1¾ miles to the west and the city centre lies approximately 3 miles to the north.

Going to auction 1 December 2011 with Pugh


10. Star in your own Baywatch with these Victorian Swimming Baths in Bradford for £50k!

Grade II Listed vacant former swimming baths with potential for alternative use subject to gaining the necessary consents.  Dating from 1903 these swimming baths offer a site area of approx 875 sqm and currently comprise a boiler room and filter room on the lower ground floor; reception, central swimming pool, 3 changing rooms, sauna, slipper baths, WCs and office on the ground floor; and an office on the first floor.

The property is located in a mixed use area on Carlisle Road close to the intersection with Drummond Road and Silver Street in Manningham. Bradford city centre lies approximately 1½ miles south east.

Going to auction 6 December 2011 with Pugh


So if you’re in the market for a different property investment – maybe try your hand at one of these!

Happy Bidding 🙂



    1. Sam

      Thanks Steve! I have randomly today just found myself now looking into buying a vacant office building…more to follow if we get any further 🙂

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