Four-bed detached Victorian house would make idyllic family home

A stunning four bed detached Victorian home hit the market for £ 1 million – but there’s a big catch.

The property in the green Forest Hill, southeast of the capital, extends over three floors and offers plenty of space.

A beautiful four bed Victorian house hit the market for £ 1 million - but there is a catch

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A beautiful four bed Victorian house hit the market for £ 1 million – but there is a catchPhoto credit: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
The property in Forest Hill, London, has been completely gutted inside, not a single room is ready to move into

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The property in Forest Hill, London, has been completely gutted inside, not a single room is ready to move intoPhoto credit: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward

In addition to the bright and airy bedrooms, the happy new owner will find reception, dining and utility rooms and even a cellar.

But they have to do some serious surgery before they can move the children in.

This is because the house has been completely gutted inside.

Very deep pockets are needed to turn the address into a habitable single family home.

At first glance, everything looks fine outside of the property, which has large sash windows and a pretty red brick arch over the front door.

However, if you take a closer look, you will find that the green around the house has overgrown a bit, while the steps to the door need a thorough cleaning.

COMPLETE DESTRUCTION

And when the visitor crosses the threshold, the true scope of the work required becomes immediately apparent.

Ceilings were torn down, wooden rafters exposed, carpets torn open and chimneys partially destroyed.

In some places the walls were stripped down to the brick, while a toilet and a free-standing bathtub were dispensed with in one bedroom.

Agents from Kinleigh, Folkard and Hayward say the Ewelme Road property was once very grand – and could be again with the right owner.

They called the sale “a rare opportunity to acquire a four-bedroom detached house in need of a complete renovation” – and said the house was a “blank canvas”.

‘BLANK CANVAS’

It’s not the only gorgeous property currently for sale that needs a lot of work.

A three bed house a short walk from King’s Cross St Pancras is in a similar condition inside.

The house, also on the market for £ 1 million, is in utter disrepair.

Daniel Watney agents admit “major renovation” is required.

However, they say the home, which was built around 1850, will be an amazing purchase for a serious buyer.

Meanwhile, a third house priced at £ 1 million has been completely neglected over the years.

The property’s floors at the end of the patio, just off Brick Lane in the East End, are tiled with dirty and uneven tiles, while the ceiling sags and the walls are bare.

Winkworth agents say the house “needs a complete makeover” – but that it is “a fantastic opportunity”.

The work it will take to whip the house up will no doubt cost many thousands of pounds

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The work it will take to whip the house up will no doubt cost many thousands of poundsPhoto credit: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
However, the property could be stunning again if the right owner puts the time - and money in it

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However, the property could be stunning again if the right owner puts the time – and money in itPhoto credit: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
It has some lovely historic landfills including huge sash windows that let in lots of natural light

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It has some lovely historic landfills including huge sash windows that let in lots of natural lightPhoto credit: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
There is also a huge garden outside which could be nice for a family

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There is also a huge garden outside which could be nice for a familyPhoto credit: Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward
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