With a £15,0000 guide price, you might not need to be flushed to bid on this quirky property

As far as property on the market goes, this is not the most conventional opportunity. But it’s certainly eye-catching. A public loo with picturesque sea views is set to go under the hammer later this month.

What’s the property like?

As the adage goes: location, location, location. And you don’t get a much better location than this loo. Just a few paces from the pretty working harbour of Newlyn, it boasts views over the seaside town and fishing port as well as Mounts Bay in south west Cornwall.

The vacant stone building measures 330 sq ft – that’s nearly half the size of the typical new-build home, which now averages 730 sq ft – and comprises both male and female facilities, each with its own store room.

For eagle-eyed doer-uppers with chutzpah, there’s scope to transform the loo into a home or commercial property by extending or replacing it entirely. A word of warning though: you will need to secure consent from the local authority. 

How much is it on for?

The loo has a £15,000 guide price with Clive Emson Auctioneers.

What is interesting about the property?

This property opportunity is not to be sniffed at. Public loos have been transformed into a variety of convenient uses in the past, such as art space, theatre, gift shop and homes as well as restaurants, bars and cafes.

They include ‘Attendant’ in Fitzrovia, Wine & Charcuterie (‘WC’) in Clapham, ‘The Convenience’ in Hackney, the ‘Bermondsey Arts Club’ on Tower Bridge Road and ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’ in Kentish Town, all in London, as well as 'The Temple' in Manchester and 'Leak' in Bath. 

Back in 2015, a 1,000 sq ft public loo opposite Old Spitalfields Market in London was put up for sale with a £1m price tag. The site on Commercial Street, E1, was redeveloped 18 years ago into a restaurant and bar.

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