A former public toilet block in the heart of St Andrews’ town centre, now converted into a two-bedroom residential property, has been put up for sale - with an asking price of offers over £350,000.
The C-listed stone-built cottage, adjacent to the university town’s historic West Port gateway, first hit the headlines in the summer of 2007 when the property market in Scotland reached a sensational new high after the then male and female loo sold for almost £200,000.
It went under the hammer at a public auction in Glasgow and achieved almost four times the guide price after an unexpected bidding war broke out.
The fact that it was located in the Home of Golf obviously helped catch the imagination and boost interest as a similar public toilet block in Kirkcaldy at the same auction made only £38,000.
Proposals for its redevelopment ranged from turning it into a house or an art gallery and studio to using it as offices or a marketing showroom space to promote shops in the town.
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However, it was successful bidder, Glasgow-based developer Desmond Le Marquand’s highly-publicised plan to turn it into a superloo that caught the media’s attention.
Sadly, that never happened and although he said he would have loved to have carried out his proposal, owing to the number of properties his company owned in Glasgow, he was forced by the current economic squeeze to put it back on the open market.
Consequently, no new consents were granted for its use or alternative uses and the semi-detached building went back to auction in 2009, in much the same condition as it was when it sold two years previously.
Sold for a second time to the present owners, it has since undergone a major renovation and transformation.
The particulars from local estate agents, Murray Donald Drummond Cook, describe the period cottage as “stunning,” and adds,”the beautiful architecturally designed bespoke interior is full of character, charm and style.”
The contemporary accommodation comprises an entrance hall, open plan living/dining/kitchen, with two double bedrooms, an en suite shower room and en suite bathroom.
Offering double glazing and central heating, it is being touted as a superb town residence, an ideal golfing base or holiday home or could be viewed for its investment potential through letting.
A spokesperson for the selling agents added:”This is an extremely well presented and unusual property, most likely to appeal as a holiday home or as an investment.
“We understand the property was sold by Fife Council to a property developer who held it for a year or so, and then sold it on again at auction to our clients, who have been responsible for its total renovation to its present very high standard. It has been used as a holiday home by the present owners.”