A HOUSE which lay abandoned for almost 20 years has been transformed.
The end-terrace eye-sore in Red Lees Road, Cliviger, was rotting away – with a broken roof, collapsed floors and crumbling stonework.
But Burnley Council stepped in to save it from ruin and now, after a full facelift, it is on the market for £110,000.
David Moss, of Harris Moss Estate Agents which is marketing the house, said: “The house was an eyesore. It had been empty for many years. It could have been knocked down.
“But then the council bought it by agreement. It was a complete gutting job.
“It is a total transformation and they have done a top quality job. Everything about it is new. It looks really good.”
The facelift was part of the not-for-profit Burnley Vacant Property Initiative which has seen a total of 40 houses renovated to the highest standard across the borough.
Neighbours had complained that the property was left derelict for up to two decades after the elderly occupant left the area. So the council bought the property by agreement in June last year.
Paul Gatrell, Head of Housing at the council, said: “Intervention is specifically targeted on long-term vacant properties in terraces that are sustainable and not being considered for clearance but which need some public sector intervention in order to bring the properties back into use.
“Major works were needed to bring the property up to a habitable standard.”
The refurbishment works have included upgrading the insulation, complete re-wire, installation of a new heating and hot water system with an energy efficient boiler, installation of energy efficient windows and complete re-plastering and decoration.
Mr Gatrell added: “We are now proud to present an impressive high class two-bedroom property with modern kitchen and bathroom.
“The property is modern enough to meet the needs of today’s family whilst maintaining the character of this terraced row.”
Mr Harris said the house had just hit the property page of the Burnley Express but his phone was already buzzing with calls.
“It has barely been on the market for a week but we’ve already had a lot of interest. There have been six viewings and two offers. People are very keen.
“It is a good quality area and it will definitely achieve a good price.”
For more information on available properties contact the Vacant Property Team at Burnley Borough Council on 01282 425011 ext 2491.