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10 Whitchurch Avenue

Loo with a view (subject to planning)

A block of toilets with a stunning sea view across St Austell bay has been sold at auction for £115,000.

The 502 sq ft loo block and grounds has been sold to a mystery buyer – after smashing the freehold guide price of £75,000 to £95,000.

The toilets in Charlestown, Cornwall, look across St Austell Bay and its historic harbour and auctioneers said it would make an ideal holiday home.

Plymouth-based Graham Barton, auctioneer and regular on BBC One’s Homes Under The Hammer said the final selling price had been “a breathtaking outcome”. He said: “It was a spectacular lot, I haven’t seen something with so much potential in as long as I can remember.

“This is arguably the most gloriously located residential development opportunity for sale in Cornwall today.

“It has stunning panoramic and jaw dropping sea views. The property looks southwards across St Austell Bay with the historic harbour at its western edge.

“There is huge potential for a fantastic family home or holiday home with extension or complete replacement among the options subject to planning consent.”

The lot included land to the front and opposite the block, with possible permission to extend.

Of course the big question remains as to whether planning permission to turn the loos into a dwelling will be granted and if so whether planning permission will also be granted for the extensive building work which will presumably also be needed.

It is equally clear that house prices in parts of Cornwall (and the south-west) generally are well beyond the reach of those earning local wages.



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