Home where wellies and waders are essential
WITH a guide price of £90,000, 2 Naburn Lock House in York looks like a bargain but would-be buyers have been warned to bring their wellies when viewing the pretty waterside property.
If they end up moving in, they’ll also have to invest in chest high waders and a boat, according to lock keeper Kenny Murray, who lives in the adjoining semi.
Kenny, who has a dinghy tied to his front door, has been marooned for up to a fortnight when the River Ouse overflows.
“I’ve been here for 27 years and it floods more often now than it did when I first moved in. The access road has flooded just about every month for the past year. At the moment it’s about three feet deep by the front step and it’s fast moving so basically my house is an island.”
Water from the tidal river has flooded into the house six or seven times since 2000.
“When that happens I have to put on my waders to go down and make my breakfast. I keep Canal and River Trust, which owns the two-bedroom 1930s semi, have warned buyers of the risk but have still been deluged with inquiries.
“It is a lovely house and a great location but it is priced to take the flooding into account. If it didn’t flood it would be worth £250,000,” said Hunters’ director John Waterhouse, who is set to auction the property on February 20 at York Racecourse.
He added that investors might be interested in turning it into a holiday cottage for summer use only.
Emily Hayes, from the Canal and River Trust, said: “The house would suit a canal enthusiast but they’d have to accept that it floods. You can’t hold the water back.”
For details of the auction on February 20 at York Racecourse at 6pm contact www. hunterspropertyauctions.co.uk, tel: 01904 756116
Naburn Lock house is in an idyllic location but flooding is an issue when the River Ouse overflows, which it is doing more often.