Buying Listed? 77% of our apartments for sale have been given such status...
England and Wales boast over half a million listed buildings, each with their own story to tell and all boasting national importance in terms of architectural and historic interest. For many, the idea of living in one is hugely appealing, due to their heritage, prime locations, rustic charm and period features.
There are a wealth of listed buildings in and around Bath which have been beautifully modernised into apartments, equipped for 21st Century living without endangering the integrity of the buildings themselves. Our city became a World Heritage Site largely because of its architectural history so it’s no wonder that buyers fall in love with the charm of such properties.
Currently, 77% of our apartments are listed, of which 92% are Grade II and 8% Grade I. Popular streets include Duke Street, Royal Crescent, Circus, Somerset Place and Great Pulteney Street. Being in such high demand, here are a few things to think about…
Be prepared to pay a premium. However, with Bath’s impressive house price growth, this will put you in good stead when it comes to selling.
With permission you can alter things, but ‘listed’ means preserving character so you will need to take a more conservative approach. Do your research to see what changes you can make, but remember you buy a listed building because of its special characteristics, not to remove everything. It’s also wise to check the seller hasn’t carried out any unauthorised work – this is a criminal offence and will be left to you to sort!
Older buildings require higher maintenance so check what is covered in your ground rent and service charges, and budget for the extras.