Converted garage on the market for £75,000

The tiny one bedroom detached house in Wembdon Road. Photo: Tamlyn & Son Estate Agents.

The tiny one bedroom detached house in Wembdon Road. Photo: Tamlyn & Son Estate Agents.

First published in Bridgwater Area News by

A CONVERTED garage in Bridgwater has gone on the market for just short of £75,000.

The one bedroom detached house in Wembdon Road may be just 13ft wide but estate agents Tamlyns says people have travelled 160 miles to view it.

The tiny property, on the market for £74,950, features a sitting/dining/kitchen room, a rear hall and bathroom on the ground floor and a double bedroom on the first floor. It even has its own miniature courtyard overlooking the canal.

Mark Franklin, Tamlyns associate director, told the Mercury: “People from Bridgwater will know the property. It has previously been a garage and a washing machine repair place.

“It’s certainly very quirky. It’s the smallest freehold property I’ve ever seen.

“We’ve had around a dozen viewings and a few offers. Someone even came from as far as Surrey to view it.”

The house is described as an ‘ideal investment or first-time buy’ but Tamlyns do caution there is ‘restricted head height’ in the bedroom for taller people.

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6:42pm Mon 11 Feb 13

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

This was not a garage in living memory, it was a washing machine repair workshop, previously a hairdresser"s, previously a general conveninece store in the very early 1970s, a bookie"s shop, a sweetshop, and back into the mists of antiquity. Not a garage for parking cars, possibly a garage for selling car parts and spares, perhaps very old readers can remember something such?.
This was not a garage in living memory, it was a washing machine repair workshop, previously a hairdresser"s, previously a general conveninece store in the very early 1970s, a bookie"s shop, a sweetshop, and back into the mists of antiquity. Not a garage for parking cars, possibly a garage for selling car parts and spares, perhaps very old readers can remember something such?. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth
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7:58pm Mon 11 Feb 13

RustyKnight says...

It was on the Daily Mail website that it was a garage so it must be true.

(Yeah, right, like they'd know!)
It was on the Daily Mail website that it was a garage so it must be true. (Yeah, right, like they'd know!) RustyKnight
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9:09am Tue 12 Feb 13

awayswing says...

At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw
ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.
At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation. awayswing
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9:13am Tue 12 Feb 13

awayswing says...

Following my above comment I presume a lot of people in Bridgwater will be just as badly treated and will also find that they cannot afford to stay in their homes.
Following my above comment I presume a lot of people in Bridgwater will be just as badly treated and will also find that they cannot afford to stay in their homes. awayswing
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10:41am Tue 12 Feb 13

Rusty Hinge says...

RustyKnight wrote:
It was on the Daily Mail website that it was a garage so it must be true.

(Yeah, right, like they'd know!)
There is an old photograph somewhere (possibly in the Blake Museum collection, or one of the Squibb"s books of pictures of old Bridgwater), which, if memory serves, showed this building in the 1920s as a motor garage, not a car garage, with a stock of tyres, oils, and possibly a petrol pump nearby.
[quote][p][bold]RustyKnight[/bold] wrote: It was on the Daily Mail website that it was a garage so it must be true. (Yeah, right, like they'd know!)[/p][/quote]There is an old photograph somewhere (possibly in the Blake Museum collection, or one of the Squibb"s books of pictures of old Bridgwater), which, if memory serves, showed this building in the 1920s as a motor garage, not a car garage, with a stock of tyres, oils, and possibly a petrol pump nearby. Rusty Hinge
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10:44am Tue 12 Feb 13

Rusty Hinge says...

awayswing wrote:
At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw

ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.
Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?.
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.[/p][/quote]Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?. Rusty Hinge
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3:34pm Tue 12 Feb 13

awayswing says...

Rusty Hinge wrote:
awayswing wrote:
At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw


ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.
Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?.
As it happens I did not have the HMRC building in mind.However if you think that converting a small shop into little more than a bedsit is adequate accommodation for a family then I suggest you think again.
[quote][p][bold]Rusty Hinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.[/p][/quote]Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?.[/p][/quote]As it happens I did not have the HMRC building in mind.However if you think that converting a small shop into little more than a bedsit is adequate accommodation for a family then I suggest you think again. awayswing
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7:11pm Tue 12 Feb 13

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

awayswing wrote:
Rusty Hinge wrote:
awayswing wrote:
At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw



ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.
Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?.
As it happens I did not have the HMRC building in mind.However if you think that converting a small shop into little more than a bedsit is adequate accommodation for a family then I suggest you think again.
No one on here has said this small home is family sized. It might make a perfect and affordable small freehold detatched home for one person, try looking on Rightmove etc and see what else you can buy in this area for £75,000.
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rusty Hinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.[/p][/quote]Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?.[/p][/quote]As it happens I did not have the HMRC building in mind.However if you think that converting a small shop into little more than a bedsit is adequate accommodation for a family then I suggest you think again.[/p][/quote]No one on here has said this small home is family sized. It might make a perfect and affordable small freehold detatched home for one person, try looking on Rightmove etc and see what else you can buy in this area for £75,000. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth
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2:54am Wed 13 Feb 13

BaldCarl2 says...

Well if some mug is willing to pay 75K for it then good luck to them - they will need it.
Well if some mug is willing to pay 75K for it then good luck to them - they will need it. BaldCarl2
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9:38am Wed 13 Feb 13

awayswing says...

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth wrote:
awayswing wrote:
Rusty Hinge wrote:
awayswing wrote:
At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw




ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.
Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?.
As it happens I did not have the HMRC building in mind.However if you think that converting a small shop into little more than a bedsit is adequate accommodation for a family then I suggest you think again.
No one on here has said this small home is family sized. It might make a perfect and affordable small freehold detatched home for one person, try looking on Rightmove etc and see what else you can buy in this area for £75,000.
Last year in the east end of London a slum landlord was taken to court for letting a row of garages out as family accommodation.The garages were deemed dangerous because of faulty electrics and dodgy plumbing and the local authority demolished them.One of the tenants said it was all he could afford.I am not suggesting that the above house is dangerous .However I am saying that decent accommodation should be plentiful and affordable.People should not be taken advantage of because of the widening gap between the haves and the have nots.Slumlords are not only to be found in east London.
I am in favour of increased house building in Bridgwater ,preferably on brown field sites.The recent postings regarding building at Haygrove Road that stated more new housing is unnecessary beggars belief.
[quote][p][bold]File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rusty Hinge[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: At the start of the next financial year housing benefit will not be paid,or will be greatly reduced, to thousands of families.This will probably mean that large numbers of people living in our city centres will be forced out of their homes and will be looking for cheaper accommodation.Bridgw ater will probably be a prime target for city authorities looking to resettle people;we have low rents and cheap houses here compared to most places in the south of England.I dare say that this means we will see more unsuitable places being turned into so called accommodation.[/p][/quote]Ref "see more unsuitable places turned into homes," If you are referring to the conversion of the former HMRC tax offices (opposite the Palace Nightclub) into flats, as being unsuitable, what would you prefer, seeing whole families crammed into temporary B & B accomodation because there is nothing else available?.[/p][/quote]As it happens I did not have the HMRC building in mind.However if you think that converting a small shop into little more than a bedsit is adequate accommodation for a family then I suggest you think again.[/p][/quote]No one on here has said this small home is family sized. It might make a perfect and affordable small freehold detatched home for one person, try looking on Rightmove etc and see what else you can buy in this area for £75,000.[/p][/quote]Last year in the east end of London a slum landlord was taken to court for letting a row of garages out as family accommodation.The garages were deemed dangerous because of faulty electrics and dodgy plumbing and the local authority demolished them.One of the tenants said it was all he could afford.I am not suggesting that the above house is dangerous .However I am saying that decent accommodation should be plentiful and affordable.People should not be taken advantage of because of the widening gap between the haves and the have nots.Slumlords are not only to be found in east London. I am in favour of increased house building in Bridgwater ,preferably on brown field sites.The recent postings regarding building at Haygrove Road that stated more new housing is unnecessary beggars belief. awayswing
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10:09am Wed 13 Feb 13

awayswing says...

P.S. having re-read the article.
£75k for two rooms and a bathroom does not sound like a good deal,more like taking advantage of people desperate for somewhere to live.
P.S. having re-read the article. £75k for two rooms and a bathroom does not sound like a good deal,more like taking advantage of people desperate for somewhere to live. awayswing
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1:59pm Wed 13 Feb 13

File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth says...

awayswing wrote:
P.S. having re-read the article.
£75k for two rooms and a bathroom does not sound like a good deal,more like taking advantage of people desperate for somewhere to live.
Sounds like a good deal for anyone, when you look on Rightmove and see the cheapest small local flat is offered at over £42,000 for a measly 40% shared ownbership - to buy the full ownership at this rate would presumably cost £100,000.
[quote][p][bold]awayswing[/bold] wrote: P.S. having re-read the article. £75k for two rooms and a bathroom does not sound like a good deal,more like taking advantage of people desperate for somewhere to live.[/p][/quote]Sounds like a good deal for anyone, when you look on Rightmove and see the cheapest small local flat is offered at over £42,000 for a measly 40% shared ownbership - to buy the full ownership at this rate would presumably cost £100,000. File Yer Own Bleedin Teeth
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