Property Auction Highlights 2019

Mark Lewis
By Mark Lewis

January 2020

From cottage renovations to commercial shops, agricultural land, development sites and the usual eclectic lots, the leading auctioneers in the region travelled to four counties in 2019 sourcing the very best lots for you. We are delighted to share the highlights from that journey.

Property Auction Highlights 2019

Most legal downloads: 753 legal documents were downloaded by the bidders for Sycamore Drive, Yeovil which then sold for 61% above guide.

Highest price above guide: Penwithen Lodge (see main photo above), a detached lodge house, sold for 135% above guide!

Most bids: 64 for an individual village building plot in Marnhull, Dorset.

Most distant bidders: The Cayman Islands, 4,600 miles from Dorset, but they were unsuccessful!

Most historical: The Billet, Sutton Mandeville, Wiltshire (below). This was a WW1 officers’ billet overlooking the badges carved into the hillside. It had fallen into disrepair but we received interest from as far afield as Canada.

Biggest surprise: The Boat Deck, Weymouth, Dorset where the buyer paid cash for the full sale price. The bank was not very pleased when we tried to pay in cash at 4.25 on a Friday afternoon!

Highest attendance: Our sale in Wimborne in June attracted a crowd of about 500 people who saw a 100% clearance.

Best commercial lot: A commercial ground lease until 2034 with an income of £7,000 pa attracted interest from numerous London and regional investors. The sale price of £200,000 was 33% above guide.

Highest land price: £22,000 for 3.95 acres near Wincanton. The whole village seemed to be keen to buy.

Highest woodland price: £14,300 for 2.2 acres of mixed deciduous indigenous trees near Sherborne, Dorset.

Best wreck: Corhampton Road, Bournemouth is a detached house with some internal cracks. Buyers were not deterred and after 84 viewings and 413 legal downloads the sale price was 37% above guide.

Best building plot: Near Blandford, Dorset where a site for two semi-detached houses sold after 42 bids, for £420,000 – 97% above guide.

Best potential development site: Townsend Road, Seaton, Devon. A house for renovation and a large garden with development possibilities with views towards the sea. The sale price was £635,000.

Most unusual: Kinghay, East Knoyle, Wiltshire (below). A wooden bungalow set in grounds of about 0.67 acres. Described by one viewer as a piece of paradise, it sold to a buyer in Italy.

Most viewings: Churchfields, Salisbury, Wiltshire had a very short marketing period and we had 81 viewings in three weeks.

Best buy bidding blind: Market Place, Warminster, Wiltshire - a commercial shop premises with two flats above returning an income 11%. The buyer from London checked the property on Google street view and that was good enough to make him bid.

Most interesting: A pair of cottages near Taunton, Somerset requiring complete renovation with no internal viewings allowed.

Lowest price: A lock-up garage in Poole sold for £9,250

Best thank-you: “A cracking result in all the circumstances. The children are highly delighted and extremely impressed with your calm efficiency. Well done you.”

To see what Symonds & Sampson can do for you please contact Mark Lewis 01258 473766.   Our 2020 Auction season commences in Wimborne on 21st February, click here for the full diary and details of lots going under the hammer.

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