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Converted Public Toilet

Posted on 23/08/2017 by Daily Mail

A convenient house price rise: Converted public toilet goes back on the market after a year with seller asking for 16% more
The semi-detached house in Surrey's well-to-do Ewell Village was sold last year after being marketed with an asking price of £285k
It is now back on the market with an increased asking price of £330k
If the property sells at the latest £330k price, it is the equivalent of a 16% rise compared to a year ago
By Myra Butterworth For MailOnline
PUBLISHED: 12:05, 18 August 2017 | UPDATED: 16:07, 18 August 2017
Half of a former converted public toilet in Surrey has gone back on the market with an asking price that's a significant £45,000 higher than a year ago.
The semi-detached house in well-to-do Ewell Village was sold last year after being marketed for sale with an asking price of £285,000.
Mark Anthony Estate Agents said the buyer has now put it back on the market with an increased asking price of £330,000.
This semi-detached house in posh Surrey's Ewell Village is half of a former converted public toilet
The interior has been given a total overhaul, with an open-plan living area that includes a kitchen
Pictured: How the public toilet looked before it was converted into two semi-detached homes
If the property sells at that price, it will constitute a 16 per cent rise compared to a year ago.
It contrasts heavily with the average change in price of a flat in the area, which has dropped more than £16,000 during the past year to £303,571, according to property website Zoopla - a drop in value of around 5 per cent.
However, semi-detached properties in the area have seen an increase in value, rising around 1.7 per cent during the past year - or £8,600 - to reach an average price of £506,960.
Half of the converted building was sold last year after being marketed for sale with an asking price of £285,000
The property includes a living area with a modern kitchen and Amtico wood flooring
The kitchen has white units and integrated appliances  with modern chrome fittings
There is a spacious bedroom on the first floor of the property, with a triangle shape window
Plenty of light floods through the floor to ceiling windows at the front of the property (if the shutters are opened)
The public toilets were converted despite objections by local residents, with the developer insisting that the toilets needed to be knocked down.
Local homeowner Richard Browning said: 'This is still one of my favourite houses in the area. 
'I probably wouldn't want to live there but it will always be remembered for its enterprising change of use and it is very convenient for the village centre.
'A sixteen per cent increase in price over a year though doesn't feel like it represents what's been happening and maybe about to happen with prices in the area.
'A wee bit optimistic, one might say. Good luck nonetheless.'
The toilet's developer David Greaney has previously told the Epsom Guardian that the conversion helped to rid the area of needles, vermin and asbestos. 
'We found all kinds of materials which suggested the site was being used for things it shouldn't have been,' he said. 'There were needles, drug packages, vermin, asbestos, litter.'
The converted property is on two levels, with the stairs leading to one bedroom with ensuite facilites
The former public toilet has been converted to a high standard and now includes an ensuite shower
The property overlooks a green open space, which includes the Grade II listed Bourne Hall
The two semi-detached homes are called 'Bourneview' as they backs onto a green open space that includes the Grade II listed Bourne Hall.
The conversion took place last year, with balance of a 10-year warranty from insurers NHBC.
It is understood that the toilets were auctioned off by Epsom Council in 2012 for £68,000. But they were then sold on by the buyer for an undisclosed amount, reported to have been more than £80,000.
Each of the two properties have one bedroom, a downstairs cloakroom and en-suite shower. There is a courtyard garden enclosed by a brick wall, underfloor heating and double glazing. 
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