Own a house in Blackburn . . . for just £10,000

Lancashire Telegraph: Is this the cheapest house in Blackburn? Is this the cheapest house in Blackburn?

THIS detached house, probably the cheapest in Blackburn, is on the market for just £10,000.

Rope Cottage, off Cheetham Street, is up for auction with the five-figure guide price set by Edward Mellor.

For the price of a luxury cruise, conservatory or even a good quality second-hand car, buyers can get their hands on the two-bedroom property which was sold for £60,000 on January 18, 2006.

The house was built after a former rope works was knocked down, according to residents in the area. It was occupied until two years ago.

It was initially constructed as a temporary home while a neighbouring one was built, but remained occupied for several decades afterwards.

Residents in the area are calling for the house to be demolished as it has extensive cracks and the building is ‘twisting’.

But despite the condition a number of potential buyers have visited the site and told neighbours it could be fixed up and rented out.

Bernard Dickenson, of Higher Bent Gap, said: “My daughter rented the house 15 years ago, it is very cramped.

“It sounds cheap but whoever buys it will have to spend a lot of money on it.

“It needs knocking down and building again.”

Neighbour Rob Flannery, said: “It is not worth the £10,000. It needs to be demolished.

“It’s bending and twisting into the street. It is not fit for living in.

“This area is quiet and nice and the terraced houses nearby have sold for around £70,000.

“If we bought it we’d turn it into a garage or workshed”

Another resident said: “It is cheap for a house. I wouldn’t have thought a detached house would go for that price. It could have an impact on property prices in the area.”

Sue Wolstenholme, branch manager of Bridgeford Estate Agents in Blackburn, said: "I visited the house about ten years ago and had the chance to look inside and it's more like a flat than a house.

“It's a tiny house. It's in a funny spot, tucked away behind other houses. It isn't street fronted and access isn't great. It's only detached by nature, not by size "You can't compare it to other properties because it's so unique and has structural issues."

She added: “The market is buoyant. We sold 22 properties in February and 23 in March. It's all price reflective and we tend to sell more of the lower priced homes.”

Auctioneers Edward Mellor described Lot 1 Rope Cottage as ‘unsafe’ in its catalogue.

Residents said it had been boarded up two years ago after a pipe burst.

They said an old lady had lived in the property, which has a chipboard floor, and it had suffered significant water damage.

Louise McDonald head of auction services at Edward Mellor, said: "In the past many vendors might have disregarded the auction route when it comes to selling property.

“Now though, attitudes are changing.

“Nothing beats the excitement and interest of a property auction and we take great pride in seeing our vendors get deals they previously thought impossible, and buyers get deals that would otherwise be unavailable to them."

Rope Cottage will be auctioned on May 2 at 2pm at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

The owner could not be contacted to comment.

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1:16pm Fri 13 Apr 12

happycyclist says...

What an odd little place. Looks fine on goole streetview.
What an odd little place. Looks fine on goole streetview. happycyclist

1:30pm Fri 13 Apr 12

DougFlo says...

Front page eh! This is not a house, but a temporary building that requires demolition, hence the price. It even devalues the price of the land. Non-story.
Front page eh! This is not a house, but a temporary building that requires demolition, hence the price. It even devalues the price of the land. Non-story. DougFlo

2:23pm Fri 13 Apr 12

New World Order. says...

It's to close to Granville Rd to be worth anything. However if i was to auction this brick shed i would be tempted to pop an onion on it to push up the price.
And to get planning permission to build anything i wanted on the site.
It's to close to Granville Rd to be worth anything. However if i was to auction this brick shed i would be tempted to pop an onion on it to push up the price. And to get planning permission to build anything i wanted on the site. New World Order.

2:25pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Wandering Sufi says...

Says it all really, prob cheapest house in UK that...what a tip feel sorry for neighbours who have to live next to that eyesore!!
Prob got a bunch of squatters living inside...oh sorry i meant rovers fans !!
Says it all really, prob cheapest house in UK that...what a tip feel sorry for neighbours who have to live next to that eyesore!! Prob got a bunch of squatters living inside...oh sorry i meant rovers fans !! Wandering Sufi

4:47pm Fri 13 Apr 12

GIBUCK says...

GET AN ONION PUT ON IT MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT BELONGS TO THE AREA OR MAKE IT INTO A TAXI OFFICE OR TAKEAWAY OR MAYBE PUT COUPLE OF BEDS IN SAVE MONEY ON KEEP GOIN TRAVEL LODGE :-)
GET AN ONION PUT ON IT MAKE IT FEEL LIKE IT BELONGS TO THE AREA OR MAKE IT INTO A TAXI OFFICE OR TAKEAWAY OR MAYBE PUT COUPLE OF BEDS IN SAVE MONEY ON KEEP GOIN TRAVEL LODGE :-) GIBUCK

8:08pm Fri 13 Apr 12

MickyRover says...

happycyclist wrote:
What an odd little place. Looks fine on goole streetview.
The images were recorded in March 2009 though.
[quote][p][bold]happycyclist[/bold] wrote: What an odd little place. Looks fine on goole streetview.[/p][/quote]The images were recorded in March 2009 though. MickyRover

10:18pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I would not live in Blackburn even if some one paid me 10k
I would not live in Blackburn even if some one paid me 10k Michael@ClitheroeSince58

10:26pm Fri 13 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

Where have my comments and witty banter with the Rovers fan gone? Some people have no sense of humour.
Where have my comments and witty banter with the Rovers fan gone? Some people have no sense of humour. Cha'mone MF

9:11am Sat 14 Apr 12

madari says...

New World Order. wrote:
It's to close to Granville Rd to be worth anything. However if i was to auction this brick shed i would be tempted to pop an onion on it to push up the price. And to get planning permission to build anything i wanted on the site.
Madari the snake charmer says:

You dont need planning permission to plant an onion on it,just go ahead and do it, the council wil have no difficulty granting any perspective buyer `retrospective planning permission`, Like they did on Burnley road.
[quote][p][bold]New World Order.[/bold] wrote: It's to close to Granville Rd to be worth anything. However if i was to auction this brick shed i would be tempted to pop an onion on it to push up the price. And to get planning permission to build anything i wanted on the site.[/p][/quote]Madari the snake charmer says: You dont need planning permission to plant an onion on it,just go ahead and do it, the council wil have no difficulty granting any perspective buyer `retrospective planning permission`, Like they did on Burnley road. madari

1:21pm Sat 14 Apr 12

Cha'mone MF says...

New World Order. wrote:
It's to close to Granville Rd to be worth anything. However if i was to auction this brick shed i would be tempted to pop an onion on it to push up the price.
And to get planning permission to build anything i wanted on the site.
It's to close to Granville Road.... TO CLOSE ?
New World order you really are a thick tw4t ! :)
[quote][p][bold]New World Order.[/bold] wrote: It's to close to Granville Rd to be worth anything. However if i was to auction this brick shed i would be tempted to pop an onion on it to push up the price. And to get planning permission to build anything i wanted on the site.[/p][/quote]It's to close to Granville Road.... TO CLOSE ? New World order you really are a thick tw4t ! :) Cha'mone MF

2:27pm Sat 14 Apr 12

nil bye mouth says...

You could buy blackburn rovers for 10000 rupees and a bargain bucket.
You could buy blackburn rovers for 10000 rupees and a bargain bucket. nil bye mouth

8:06pm Sat 14 Apr 12

nice person says...

It sold for 60 k in 2006 ?
It sold for 60 k in 2006 ? nice person

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