House hunters have been busy sniffing out the bargains at CPBigwood’s last big sale before Christmas.
A total of 129 lots are set to go under the hammer at the firm’s final auction of the year at Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday, December 11.
“From the moment they went online our phones just lit up!” said Jonathan Hackett, partner and head of auctions for the agency
“There are 70 residential vacant possession properties, many of which have extremely low guide prices.”
Also up for bids are eight lots of land for Birmingham City Council, five for Wolverhampton Council, three from Sandwell Council and a repeat offer from Solihull Council.
For buyers who fancy living like a lord, there is a unique opportunity to purchase part of a Georgian mansion at a Grade I listed hall in Staffordshire.
The unit forms part of the Patshull Hall Estate, Burnhill Green.
Dating back to around 1730, the Hall was once owned by a retired Governor of Madras while the 340 acre park, complete with serpentine lake, was created by Capability Brown.
Much of the estate was eventually broken up and many acres were sold for the creation of a golf course.
The Hall has had various uses since it passed out of residential hands, including a rehabilitation centre, orthopaedic hospital and school.
At one stage the mansion ended up on the English Heritage list of buildings at risk. It has had large amounts spent on restoration and was used as a wedding venue, although that business fell into administration last year.
The unit that is up for sale is part-finished and designed as four-bedroom accommodation. It has a guide price of just under £75,000.
Alternatively you could go for another period renovation project. A Grade II listed former Pump House in Cape Hill is being put into the auction on behalf of Persimmon Homes. The company is building extensively at the old M&B Brewery site.
Interested parties are being warned to take note that “the building’s retention is required as a condition of the planning permission relative to the redevelopment of the immediate locality and that an obligation to this effect will be placed upon the purchaser”.
There is a guide price of £40,000-£50,000.
In Moseley, a five-bedroom house on a big plot in popular Russell Road, has development potential. It has a guide of £375,000-£425,000.
Other tempting deals take in a detached house occupying a corner spot in Orphanage Road, Sutton Coldfield. In need of modernisation, at present it has two reception rooms and four/five bedrooms. Its guide price is £295,000 to £325,000.
A detached bungalow situated at the end of the cul-de-sac in Greenway Drive, Sutton Coldfield, has lots of scope for alterations or additions (subject to planning permission).
At present it has an L-shaped reception room, three bedrooms and a large loft space that could be converted into more living accommodation. The guide price is £175,000 to £185,000.
Another impressive period property going under the hammer is a traditional three-storey mid-terrace in Woodfield Road, Kings Heath.
Its height means not only does it have three reception rooms on the ground floor but also three bedrooms on the first floor and an attic bedroom on the second.
The guide price is £279,000 to £299,000.
A garage to the side, former granny annexe and larger than average back garden may offer residential redevelopment potential (subject to planning consents) at a detached house in Coseley.
The property, which is in Upper Ettingshall Road, has four bedrooms in the main building and a bedroom and living space in the annexe. Its guide price is £175,000.
Slightly further afield, a house in Kenilworth Road, Coventry, which has been split into letting rooms on both floors could make an interesting project for an investor. It has a guide price of £300,000 to £350,000. And for bidders who want to take pot luck, a former snooker club in York Road, Kings Heath, has a guide of £230,000-£250,000.
The auction starts at 11am.