A Water Tower Anyone?

I have always been interested in Real Estate in all it’s forms.  I sold houses many years ago and then for some 20 plus years ran my own commercial property management company.  Added to that I have bought and sold more houses than I can count over the years and now I assist my friend in her Real Estate business, so real estate is very close to my heart.

On this subject here in New Zealand we can watch episodes of Grand Designs on television.  This is a series featuring unusual and often elaborate architectural home building projects. The programme has been running in the UK since 1999 and shows no signs of flagging interest from viewers.  I have this series programmed in my TV recorder so that I don’t miss an episode.

Water tower

One of the things I love about the internet is that I can browse property papers from around the world.  Today I came across a great project that could well be featured on the programme,  It was a water tower for sale in a small village (Burton Green) in the UK some 8 miles from Coventry.  The tower was sold in 2009 apparently, and the purchaser had plans drawn and permission gained to develop it into a highly des res (desirable residence in Real Estate parlance).  This didn’t go ahead for whatever reason and the property is now offered for sale again.  The guideline is 395,000 GBP which seems awfully cheap to me for .33 of an acre of land and this building.  But what do I know of Real Estate in that part of Britain?

The plans call for the tower to be converted into a four bedroom house with all rooms, except bathrooms and cloakrooms having a curved wall.  I would like to see this when it is completed.

And then because I had time and the inclination I looked to see if Burton Green had a website.  Imagine my delight to find that it did, maintained by a private local individual, giving all sorts of information about the village.

I was particularly thrilled to read this blog from a former resident of the village, Anthony Richards.  In his blog he comments:

The Water Tower 

This arrived in Burton Green six years before I did. No one was ever allowed in it. I wish I had known about the “open day” shortly before its sale, so that I could have seen inside it, as this is something I had marvelled at for years. The nearest we ever got was the roadway serving it. Our family was entitled to use this roadway to provide access to its adjoining plot of land. Of particular interest were the hundreds of swallows which nested in its eaves every summer. The tower was a useful landmark for directing visitors coming by bus. You would simply tell them: “Get off at the water tower.”

And then I discovered there is a British Water Tower Appreciation Society.  It is apparently “The only British society dedicated to water tower culture and history. “Onwards and Upwards””.  If like me you are interested in seeking out the unusual, take some time to look through the archives of this blog.  You might find some interesting things there.

Here endeth another rambling blog from this ancient mind.

And as we are still awaiting the arrival of Andy the Armadillo here in a wet Wellington, I am showing you his photo again so that you know what to expect.

Photo courtesy Georgette Sullins at Andy's last stopover

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15 responses to “A Water Tower Anyone?

  1. Hi Judith – I love Grand Designs, too. There’s a water tower in Finistère (NW tip of Brittany) that is still in use as a water tower but the outer periphery has been converted into a crêperie, ie a restaurant specialising in crêpes or pancakes, the traditional Breton dish. The views are fantastic, and as I remember so were the pancakes! I can’t recall the name of the village but maybe Google can help.


    • If you click on the link to the British Water Tower Appreciation Socy you will see many of these towers reused as dwellings. And I clicked on the link for the picture of your restaurant. What a great idea!


  2. Yes – found it! Ploudalmézeau is the village – photo at http://www.panoramio.com/photo/65143290


  3. I enjoy watching ‘home’ shows about odd places being turned into dwellings. This water tower looks wonderful.
    I wonder if Reese’s peanut butter cups would travel in the mail faster than Andy. 🙂


  4. Judith, I do love this “rambling blog” featuring odd places in real estate! I did one on a little red caboose that is for rent in my part of the world. It’s written for a commercial blog I do, but you are inspiring me to include it in Technicolor Day Dreams. 🙂


    • Please please do reblog your piece on the caboose. I just love the way some people just see how a disused/unused building (or in your case a carriage) can be transformed. 🙂


  5. That tower is fab – hope they have some sort of “reveal” when it’s furnished as a house. You’re a brave woman to host the elusive Andy. Can’t wait to hear your adventures!


  6. I saw Andy’s photo and thought maybe he’d arrived. Poor fella. He’s got quite a journey! I’ve never seen inside a water tower, and never would have imagined one becoming a home. That would be interesting to see.


    • No we are still awaiting Andy’s arrival although Georgette did email today. She had checked with UPS and they say the ‘item’ has ben handled in the NZ postal system and is on its way to its destination. So perhaps tomorrow or the next day.
      The website of the British Waters Towers Appreciation Society shows quite a few that have been co nverted into residences.


  7. Grand Designs is a great program isn’t it. I watch something similar on a Friday morning with Mum-in-Law … Homes under the hammer. It’s great watching the before and after bits of other people’s ideas.
    You should check out “Malmaison” hotels online for some weird and wonderful conversions. Remember the Oxford Castle post I did, that was them, I think I left a link there but I’m not sure how to put one in a comment. 🙂


    • Thanks Sallyann. I remember that post and the one you did on the prison converted to a hotel. When I want to put a link in a comment I just highlight it and copy and paste it into the comment. I am sure there is a cleverer way but this works. 🙂


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