Home where wellies and waders are es­sen­tial

Yorkshire Post - Property - - PROPERTY - Sharon Dale

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.

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