A miniature Essex property, that measures just six foot wide and ten feet long, is up for sale with prospective buyers able to purchase the home for £150,000.
Those looking to nab a bargain could have found their match with this unusual three-storey property, known as ‘The Tower’.
The detached building is located on the High Street in Maldon – perhaps known best for the sea salt it ships globally – and is thought to be one of the smallest homes in the town.
It was given Grade II listed status by Maldon District Council last year and although it has only been advertised for sale for two weeks, it’s already had nearly 1,500 views.
Unique: The detached building, in Maldon, is thought to be the smallest detached home in the town
Those looking to buy will get a three-story Victorian building which comes equipped with a kitchen, lounge, bedroom and shower room.
Although it was thought to have originally been used as a food store, most likely to air-dry bacon or to hold cheese for the shop located in the main building, The Tower recently underwent a major six-month conservation project.
The property has been listed as an ‘investment purchase’ and is currently being rented out for £800 a month.
However, any potential buyers should be aware that the home can now only be bought as a holiday let and is not for any residents to live in full time.
It is likely that after purchase the home could be advertised on websites such as AirBnB or Booking.com.
The restrictions were put in place after the owner gained planning permission to convert it into what it is today.
Whilst there is less space than a standard home, the unusual property still has all the features with the ground floor consisting of a hallway with a fitted kitchen, oven, washing machine and microwave among other appliances.
A modern shower room and toilet are on the left as you enter the building, with the stairs to the other floors on the right.
The ten foot long property comes with a fully equipped kitchen including oven & microwave
The first floor is home to a lounge with storage space and staircase that leads to the bedroom
Up on the first floor, buyers will find the living room with storage space, and stairs up to the second floor which is home to the bedroom.
Fortunately, as it is a commercial property, there is no council tax to pay for those who reside there.
As it is situated on the High Street, anyone staying there will have access to a number of different shops and amenities nearby.
It is also just a short walk from the Promenade Park, Hythe Quay and River Chelmer. Maldon is located between Chelmsford and Colchester.
The nearest train station is just over five miles away.
One down side is that there is no parking with the property and those staying will have to park in a nearby car park or find somewhere alternative to leave their car.
As it is a commercial property, there is no council tax to pay for those who reside there
The property is currently being rented out for £800 a month but is soon to be a holiday let
The average property price in Maldon is £337,173, according to Zoopla, meaning any prospective buyers will be paying less than half of the usual price – not a surprise considering the size.
The home is believed to have been built in the mid-19th century although the history of the outbuilding isn’t completely clear.
It was built using a combination of London Stock and red soft brick and also has louvred openings near the tops of the walls which is believed would have been used as a food store.
It would most likely have been used to air-dry bacon or to store cheese for the grocery business then occupying No. 112 on High Street.
Now, the building is currently owned by Mark Salisbury who has lived in Maldon with his wife and children for 14 years.
The Essex property was given Grade II listed status by Maldon District Council last year
A landlord and small property developer, this home is just one of many conservation projects he and his family have taken on in the area in recent years.
Mark told Essex Live: ‘I saw the building and I thought it’s so unusual, it’s three storeys tall with such a small footprint. A few years later the premises at the front came up for sale.
‘I wasn’t interested in the main building but I was really interested in the building attached.
‘We researched the property and made a building recording. We had a few ideas about what it was used for.
‘It used to be a storeroom or smokeroom, used for storing cheese or hanging birds for the shop that was in front of it.
‘The estate agents tried to broker a deal where I bought the little tower.
‘It was owned by Farleigh Hospice and we put in planning to convert it to holiday let or part time living accommodation.
‘We got planning permission and it took us about six months to convert it.’
After the renovations were complete, the home was nominated for the Maldon Conservation and Design Awards last year and was said to be highly commended.