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Dibble Tree Building, 1d Ferrier Street, Carnoustie, Angus, DD7 7EE

This property – ‘as is’ …

£33,000

HM Land Registry Title is Feuhold which is the best quality available.

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Alternatively…

The front part of the building can be made available for sale separately…

Suitable for use as a dog grooming salon or similar enterprise (subject to planning permission), even just as a simple storage unit…

Front Premises – Area 1 – £15,500

Coloured light green on the plan drawing…

Whilst the side premise is suitable for use as an office or small business facility (subject to planning permission)…

Side Premises – Area 2 – £17,500

Coloured light blue on the plan drawing pictured above.

The side premises has a pleasant outlook across a grassed area towards the famous local Carnoustie landmark, the Dibble Tree.

The Dibble Tree – Carnoustie Landmark.

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Facilities

The building for sale has mains electricity. There is also shared use of the washroom and WC facility – exclusively by the owners of the two parts of this building. The Washroom and WC are shaded in light cream colour on the plan drawing shown above.

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Interior

The previous use of this building was as a public convenience. The new owner will need to remove the old toilets etc., and tank/dry line the interior in order to make it fit for purpose.

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Future Use

The current owners first looked at the Carnoustie WC property in August 2016. Prior to this, they had purchased, refurbished and re-opened 24 closed buildings since 1999. Normally old, closed shops, empty hotels, defunct light industrial units. During the past 18 years, over 100 jobs have been created. In this 25th purchase, the challenge of what some might regard as a problematic property – an old public convenience – is to find a meaningful use. The question of what can be done with an old public convenience is a curious one.

Some folk have turned them into very successful cafes…

Capital Cafe Culture

The pressures for commercial space in London are very high, and this underground cafe transformed from the previous incarnation as old cludgie has a touch of marketing genius about it (here). Articles have appears in the national media (click here).

London Loo Alternative Use Solution – An Underground Cafe.

Our own considered view is that Carnoustie has some very nice eateries and the thought of a latte at a loo is not something we are too keen on.

Latte At A Loo? Would You?

By the March 2017 our group of friends had decided to buy the empty and unloved little building in Ferrier Street, Carnoustie. Partly because of the very nice outlook over the Dibble Tree and grassed area, and also for the challenge in finding a new use for this property. Also the location near to the Carnoustie Golf Course and sea front is very attractive.

Then a lightbulb eureka moment. A friend was getting her dog groomed and we thought this former convenience would make an excellent pet pampering place…

Old Carnoustie Loo To Pet Pleasing Place?

Of course there are other uses too. We are needing a small office ourselves, and the side part of this premises would be ideal. However, a lighthouse building has come up for sale, so we are following that opportunity as new office space for the time being.

This means the Carnoustie WC building in Ferrier Street is available as a whole building for £33,000. Or, if preferred, the property would make a very affordable start-up premises for a dog grooming studio at the front, and also a small office at the side for someone needing to move their embryonic business out of the house. At £15,500 and £17,500 respectively for freehold premises in Carnoustie, these two units are very competitively priced. The nearest type of property comparable to this is for sale at £45,000 and not so well placed. Of course there is some interior refurbishment work to be completed within the old WC building – removing the old pedestal and cubicle items. Plus it would be desirable to “tank” the place and dry line/insulate it. More psychological, to insulate occupants from the thought of what was the earlier use! Although such squeamishness doesn’t seem to have affected discerning diners at underground cafes in London!

The local authority have been very helpful and given some pre-planning advice for the Carnoustie Dibble Tree Building…

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Location

This detached building is located just a five minute walk directly along Ferrier Street towards the seafront and world famous Carnoustie Golf Course.

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Measurements

Prospective purchasers will need to satisfy themselves as to the internal floorspace and measurements. To help, as a very approximate guidance, we have the general dimensions as:-

Front Premises Area 1 – Maximum: 12’1″ x 15′ 6″

Side Premises Area 2 – Maximum: 12’1″ x 11’6″

Washroom & WC Facility – Maximum:  6’0″ x 6’4″

Please note, these are the maximum dimensions – the actual usable floorspace is less that a straight multiplier of width times length due to the internal wall layout.

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Offers

If you would like to see inside the building, or make an offer to buy, either the whole building at £33,000, or one of the two parts at £15,500 to £17,500 please feel free to get in touch…

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