Mike trans­forms an old shop into an­other show stop­per for city

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale 64 Haxby Road, York Price: £395,000 Con­tact: Hunters, tel: 01904 621026, www.hunter­snet. co.uk

BEST-KNOWN for cre­at­ing homes that stop traf­fic, Michael Ham­mill’s lat­est prop­erty is a les­son in how to spot and de­velop po­ten­tial.

He saw this former car spares shop while view­ing a nearby house and knew he could trans­form it from com­mer­cial to res­i­den­tial use. For­tu­nately, York Coun­cil agreed to his pro­pos­als.

“It had been empty for 18 months and I took a chance by buy­ing it with­out plan­ning per­mis­sion. Luck­ily, the plan­ners were very sup­port­ive,” he says. “There was a fore­court but I could see I could put a boundary wall back round the house and although it didn’t have much out­side space, I could see there was space for a pri­vate roof ter­race by chang­ing a small pitched roof into a flat roof.”

Mike’s vi­sion is leg­endary in the prop­erty in­dus­try. His prop­erty port­fo­lio em­braces sev­eral restora­tions and new de­vel­op­ments in York­shire and be­yond. Th­ese in­clude The Grange, a 410-stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion scheme in York, a £7m devel­op­ment of James House in the city, apart­ments in Maw­sons Court, Walm­gate and a range of con­ver­sions such as the Sut­ton Lodge and Barn, Hol­lies Farm and Barn and five flats on Clifton Green.

His most talked about project is York’s Zero House, a five-bed­room, three-storey, con­tem­po­rary eco home just off Clifton Green on Water Lane. A self-build de­signed by ar­chi­tect Nick Mid­g­ley, the strik­ing mod­ern prop­erty has a gull­wing roof.

His lat­est home has re­tained its pe­riod ex­te­rior, but in­side it re­flects con­tem­po­rary tastes.

“There were no pe­riod features and it needed ren­o­va­tion so I put in ev­ery­thing from new drains to new doors and a stair­case. One of the key things was get­ting light in with­out los­ing pri­vacy,” says Mike, who fit­ted the prop­erty with his trade­mark ex­tra wide doors and kitchen fea­tur­ing an is­land work space and pop up ex­trac­tor and walls of sleek hid­den cup­boards

The end town­house, which is a short walk from York’s his­toric cen­tre, has a large kitchen, liv­ing room with wood burn­ing stove, four dou­ble-bed­rooms in­clud­ing a master en-suite, a rooftop ter­race, court­yard garden, garage and off-street park­ing.

Sam Potrykus, val­uer at Hunters the Es­tate Agent, says: “This prop­erty is truly ex­cep­tional and needs to be viewed in­ter­nally to be fully ap­pre­ci­ated. In ad­di­tion to its out­stand­ing in­te­rior, it has many at­trac­tions in­clud­ing walking dis­tance to the city cen­tre, close to the hospi­tal and with easy ac­cess to York link roads”.

Mike, who is sell­ing and mov­ing onto an­other chal­lenge, says: “I’m really pleased with how this has turned out and it shows what you can do with a former shop. There are quite a few prop­er­ties like this that have no use as re­tail any­more.”

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