If you're not worried about flinging yourself into a renovation project, there are some properties in and around Newport that offer some very unique opportunities to book multiple skips and totally transform a property in need of a touch of TLC.
Cheaper in many instances than similar properties for sale in Cardiff and very handy for the M4 to Bristol and beyond, as well as direct access to the stunning Wye Valley, means that Newport has over the recent years become a bit of a property hot spot but not overheated like some areas of the capital.
From a standard end of terrace to a huge building hiding multiple dwellings, this city can offer you a renovation project to match your budget and ambitions.
From an entire renovation to restoring surviving original features to realising and releasing any perceived potential in a property, all of these buildings in the city are looking to find a new owner to get their hands dirty and update them.
Time to get the tool belt out maybe?
Once you've finished renovating one of the apartments within this distinctive, industrial-style brick and stone building, you're going to have to do it again; 38 times.
Alexandra Court is a huge building that extends to four-storeys and has dominated the streetscene of Alexandra Road in the Pill area since it was built in around 1891.
According to the auction house selling this beast of a building, the property was first converted into residential accommodation in 1973.
Today, the property has 39 units, seven of which are one-bed apartments and the remaining 32 units are all studios. The premises has parking at the rear for up to 10 vehicles.
The auction company state that there is planning consent in place for the refurbishment of existing apartments, a new entrance to Mill Parade, a new lift shaft and internal staircase, removal of the existing walkway and subdivision of a flat into two, one-bed flats.
This historic building is going under the hammer online with Paul Fosh Auctions between Tuesday April, 27 and Thursday April, 29, see the company's website for full details on the property and the online auction.
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Grand period house: £700,000
This impressive and imposing mansion can boast a popular location off Stow Hill in the city, as well as boasting some stunning surviving original features sure to excite anyone who adores period properties.
There is arguably great potential at this attractive red brick house to create a beautiful home in this posh area or a number of fancy apartments, transforming the property from the current configuration of a now closed 16 bed former nursing home.
Surrounded by a large garden bursting with wildlife, trees and oodles of parking, the house itself is hiding some period gems inside, not least the gorgeous Minton floor tiles that greet you in the entrance hall and the robust staircase that invites you to explore the two storeys above you.
But before you do that, don't miss the stunning wall friezes above the picture rail; what a fabulous start to the property tour.
Other rooms can compete to amaze you with decorative ceilings and more wall friezes, stripped floorboards, robust fireplaces, sash windows and stepped cornices.
Of course, not all rooms are period gems, but all rooms offer the opportunity to breath new life into this unique building, thought to have been built around 1900 that also comes with a basement level.
The estate agent states the property would ideally suit conversion to residential apartments with potential to further extend or a spectacular single residential dwelling, all subject to necessary planning applications and consent of course.
And hopefully a renovation project will be subject to ensuring that those incredible original features that are the heart and soul of this property remain and are restored as the best selling points any new abodes in this building can offer potential buyers.
To find out more about this special property contact estate agent Davis & Sons on 01633 243515.
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Park property with space: £229,000
In the Beechwood area of the city this end of terrace house can offer space as well as a chance to get your teeth truly stuck into a renovation of a family home.
Situated opposite the entrance to Beechwood Park and with a large garden at the rear, the house is crying out to be updated into a bustling and busy family home again.
Even the cars will be happy living here, as there's ample space for parking and a garage on this generous plot too.
Downstairs, the sizeable property has two reception rooms across the front of the house with lovely park views from the windows, one of which is a bay.
Further down the hall is another reception room which could make an idea home office or playroom, and then at the back of the house can be found a kitchen and separate dining room.
The most obvious and immediate reconfiguration is to combine these two spaces, although it's likely the dividing wall is load bearing, so expert advice and extra budget is needed to achieve a spacious kitchen diner overlooking the garden.
Upstairs, there are four sizeable bedrooms and a family bathroom, plus an additional bathroom can be found on the ground floor off the kitchen.
The family home looking for a refurbishment has a guide price of £229,000 and is going to online auction with Paul Fosh Auctions between Tuesday April, 27 and Thursday April, 29, see the company's website for full details on the property and the online auction.
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Three-storey with a view: £224,950
This handsome house has equally handsome views from the very top window of its three storeys of space and potentially gorgeous accommodation.
The estate agent selling the home in Ombersley Road in the popular Stow Park area states the property is in need of full modernisation and refurbishment.
The agent says the property would be the ideal purchase for someone looking to buy somewhere to put their own stamp on it, or purchase for conversion, subject to the relevant planning permissions.
Enter the house and the hall is a stunning space oozing period features including a Minton tiled floor and original staircase.
On the ground floor there is a pretty standard layout seeing a reception room at the front, one further down the hall with access to the garden via a handy French door, and the kitchen area at the back.
No bathroom facilities are on this floor though.
Up to the first floor and three spacious bedrooms await, with the master spread across the whole of the width of the home at the front.
There's a family bathroom on this level, but up in the attic is where the potential of this property shines through the most.
Subject to planning, this entire floor could become an outstanding master bedroom suite instead of the two additional living spaces currently allocated to the majority of the space, with the bonus of that roof-top view across the city to greet you every morning.
This house is for sale with estate agent Nuttall Parker, call their Newport branch on 01633 212666 for further details.
No chain four-bed: £128,500
For cash buyers only, this no chain, end of terrace abode is housing more space inside than you might think.
Through the front door at the side and into the hallway, the living room can be found at the front of the property and has French doors onto the front courtyard garden.
This is a light and bright living room, with ample space to install some squishy sofas to reignite this room as a sociable area.
The kitchen at the rear of the house has French doors to the back garden and space for a breakfast bar or small table for a new owner to consider when pondering a redesign of this space.
Up the stairs and the depth of the property, maybe not realised from the front, becomes apparent with the discovery of four bedrooms on the first floor - three doubles and a single, as well as a family bathroom.
Yes, the property needs a makeover in most rooms, but the space on offer at the price of this house on Maesglas Avenue surely makes it worth the time and effort for some would-be renovators.
The spacious family home is on the market with estate agent Fortis, call their Newport branch on 01633 530555 to find out more.