Today I saw a freehold building which was arranged as a shop with ground floor space and a basement.
The catalogue entry reminded me of the flat in Brixton with the “disappearing” bedroom (see my blog entry) Perfect I thought – with some planning and creative thinking I could max the square footage and get myself some extra resi units.
It was a good part of Peckham and I was feeling hopeful.
And so the lady opened the building for me…
And that was it….A kebab shop
With ground floor space and basement (which wasn’t even a basement):
I looked around in confusion andasked the posh lady viewer
“But where is the rest?”
The lady viewer – (who really didn’t want to be there and who had already complained about the grease particles in the air) looked at me sympathetically:
“What rest, dear? It is a shop that is for sale – but as you can see they have had planning refused to turn it into a sit down restaurant many times and so it will have to remain a takeaway”
“Oh I see” I stammer
I look around very unimpressed – I didn’t want to buy a kebab shop even if you could turn it into a sit down variety!!
I look back at my catalogue entry and realise I have misread the entry…it was always a kebab shop for sale – I think I just hoped it would be something more!!