There are some unusual properties coming under the hammer at CPBigwood’s first auction of the season, which is already breaking records with its 155 lots.

That’s 13 more than the firm’s previous biggest sale.

Guide prices vary from £500 to £1,000 for the ground rent of a former canal basin in Cannock up to £750,000 for a four-storey office block in Aldridge Road, Perry Barr.

There is a chance to buy the place where the Three Shires Oak once stood. The property, known as the Old Bakery, in Thimblemill Road, Bearwood, bears a blue plaque remembering it as the site of the ancient oak tree that marked the borders of Staffordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. It was uprooted around 1900. This local landmark is for sale at £225,000.

Two former NHS day care centres are being sold off, one in Soho Hill for £245,000-£295,000, the other in Stratford Road, Sparkhill, for £600,000-£625,000.

Pype Hayes Park Lodge, a Grade II Listed former park keepers home, standing on the entrance to Pype Hayes Park. One of the lots at the CPBigwood Auction on February 25.
Pype Hayes Park Lodge, a Grade II Listed former park keepers home, standing on the entrance to Pype Hayes Park. One of the lots at the CPBigwood Auction on February 25.

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In Wolverhampton, a former children’s home, Bramerton House in Bramerton Close, is being sold with a guide price of £230,000. It could be suitable for either conversion or demolition.

At the other end of the age scale, Corner House Resource Centre, in Dunstall Road, Wolverhampton, previously an elderly persons day centre, has permission to be turned into six apartments. It has a guide price of £220,000.

There are a number of period properties available to buyers who are prepared to put in some work.

Pype Hayes Park Lodge, a Grade II Listed former park keeper’s home standing on the entrance to Pype Hayes Park, has a guide of £100,000.

However, the purchaser has to undertake full repair and refurbishment, bringing the three-bedroom property into residential occupation within 12 months.

The Roneth, which is in Whitcott Keysett, Craven Arms, is a Grade II listed cottage and barns in need of major modernisation and refurbishment.

Sitting in gardens of a third of an acre, it could make a pretty village property when repaired. The guide price is set between £150,000 and £175,000.

Anyone harbouring a dream of living in Stratford-upon-Avon should consider bidding for a first floor apartment in sought after Waterside. It is looking for bids around £295,000-£310,000. Fentham Cottage, in Fentham Road, Hampton in Arden, was a former school. It has a guide price of £250,000-£275,000.

Hollins Business Centre, Rowley Street, Stafford. One of the lots at the CPBigwood Auction on February 25.
Hollins Business Centre, Rowley Street, Stafford. One of the lots at the CPBigwood Auction on February 25.

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For buyers who prefer something a little more modern, four newly built five-bedroom double fronted homes in High Street, Amblecote, are each available at £220,000-£240,000.

Five houses are being sold on behalf of Network Rail. Three of them are in Huddlesford, near Lichfield, and include a barn conversion, while the others are detached homes in Handsacre, Staffordshire. Guide prices range from £100,000 to £275,000. The cheapest house on sale at the auction is in Chester Street, Wolverhampton. Its £20,000-£25,000 guide price is an indication of the sorry state of repair it is in.

The buyer will have 12 months to return it to habitable condition, then completion will take place.

Of the commercial properties that will be going under the hammer, Bank House in Salter Street, Stafford, is a character building in the town centre with a popular café bar on the ground floor and a refurbished suite on the first which could be used as offices or an apartment (stpp).

Hollins Business Centre in Rowley Street, Stafford, a four-storey building dating from 1865 which has been converted into small office/business suites, is up for sale with a guide of £350,000-£400,00

* The auction will take place at Aston Villa Football Club on February 25, at 11am. For more details call 0121 233 5046 or visit www.cpbigwood.com.