On a street lined with Victorian villas sits a three-storey semi-detached house that will stop you in your tracks.
The house, on Westbourne Road in Penarth, on one of the richest streets in south Wales, is broken and abandoned.
But one buyer looking to purchase and renovate the property can do so, for the price of £325,000.
The buyer will have plenty of space to work with but will need to put in a lot of work, as the house isn’t in great shape.
The previous owner has left a bunch of their belongings, so rubbish litters the floors and old shoes lie untouched in the cupboard.
The garden is overgrown but once cleared and landscaped could be a big bonus to a family moving into this seven-bed property.
The house has been abandoned for some time (Picture: Media Wales)
Yes, there are cobwebs, but there is also an original staircase, decorative ceiling arch, picture rail and what looks to be Minton tiling.
There’s a large bay window that, once restored, will let the light flood into the space, plus behind the abandoned furniture there’s a fireplace.
The second reception room, though, begins to reveal just how run-down the home really is.
There’s a fireplace dating back decades, tattered chairs and a sideboard, plus a coffee table packed full of items – including an ashtray full of cigarette ends.
The kitchen isn’t in great shape, with old food jars still sitting on the countertops (Picture: Media Wales)
The kitchen is a good-size space and after a complete renovation could be great for a family, but for now there are still pots and pans piled up on the drainer.
The kettle is even still plugged in, the past owner’s china is displayed on a Welsh dresser and jars of food are still on the worktop.
It is unknown what happened to the previous owners but their departure may have been sudden as their shoes and clothes still hang in the bedroom.
The rooms are strewn with personal possessions and this continues on the two upper floors, where the bedrooms and bathroom sit.
Inside the property is also a wreck (Picture: Media Wales)
On the top floor the ceiling has caved in due to a massive hole in the roof.
The house is going to online auction on February 10 through Auction House South Wales, with a guide price of £325,000.
Auctioneer Marc Morrish said: ‘Inside the house is pretty much a time warp; old furniture is present along with clothing hung up inside which include old sheepskin coats and other retro looking items.
‘The elements have really got to the condition of the property and certain sections at the front of the house have had to be propped up.
‘You are basically starting from scratch and almost rebuilding the entire property.’
Many personal possessions are left inside (Picture: Media Wales)
Marc says that the person most likely to buy this property would be a professional developer or a builder with experience of taking on a project this extreme.
The buyer will have to be a cash buyer too, as the condition of the house means getting a mortgage will not be possible.
Marc said: ‘The purchaser will need cash to purchase the property as the property is leasehold with less than 30 years remaining on the lease.
‘Therefore negotiations would need to be carried out with regard to purchasing the freehold.’
The auction house estimates the outlay to renovate, as well as acquiring the freehold, would be in excess of £300,000.
According to property portal Zoopla, a similar property on the street close to this house sold in 2015 for £775,000.
Based on sales data and the continuing rise in popularity for substantial period properties in this pretty Vale of Glamorgan town, Marc estimates the resale value for the wreck could be as high as £900,000, if the house is renovated to a luxury standard.
You can call the auction team on 029 2047 5184 or estate agent David Baker &
Co to find out more.
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