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The most unusual houses in Leeds

Batcliffe Wood House, Headingley

Fancy living in a church, a working men’s club or a cinema?

These buildings within an easy commute of Leeds have all been converted – or are being transformed – into houses and apartments with unique character.


A working men’s club

This roomy social club in Morley totals approximately 8,250 square feet, and was sold in September.

Housing a concert and function room, two offices, a snooker room, two modern kitchens and toilets on the ground floor, along with a three-bedroom flat on the first floor, the property can be used as both a residential and commercial property.

Sitting a quarter of a mile outside of Morley town centre, the social club is located in an area that has become a hotbed for property development in recent years.

A disused filter house

 Built in 1926, this striking and truly unique site in Thornton, near Bradford, is a disused filter house located on a plot of land spanning approximately 0.95 acres.

With a main filter house, two outbuildings and the old water tanks, the property offers superb potential to keen developers and speculators looking to tackle their next project.

Sold in September, the site sits bordering a mixture of residential and grazing land, with Bradford city centre located just five miles to the west.


An old church

 This stunning Grade II-listed church (designed by architect JB Chantrell) in Denholme, near Bradford, was constructed in 1846, and represents an early English style of architecture, with gothic features.

The church was left derelict, offering plenty of potential to developers and future homeowners to transform the space into their own unique Grand Design-style property.

Planning permission and listed building consent to convert the church into a stunning three bedroom and three reception room dwelling was approved in 2004, and after a much needed renovation, it is sure to be a head-turning property.

The church was sold in September.


A Methodist chapel

 This beautiful former Methodist chapel in Beeston has recently had planning permission granted for residential conversion into six two-bedroom and three one-bedroom apartments, together with 11 parking spaces.

Additionally, the property is already generating an annual income of £8,000 from a telephone mast.

With a prominent corner location, sitting close to local shopping facilities, and with good transport links nearby, this was a great investment property when it was bought in October.


A cinema

 This period picture house in Castleford town centre was more recently used as a bar and a nightclub, until it was partially damaged by fire earlier this year, and now requires refurbishment throughout.

Comprising a bar, office space, storage and toilets on the ground floor, along with a nightclub on the first and second floors, the space (which was purchased in October) needs significant renovation.

An historic villa in the woods

Headingley has some of the most beautiful period properties in Leeds, with streets of attractive Victorian and Edwardian villas.

Coming to auction this month, Batcliffe Wood House should appeal to a range of buyers, including builders, developers and buy-to-let investors.

In its current configuration it includes four flats – two with four bedrooms and two with two bedrooms – each of which are partially let at present.

The property is located half a mile from Headingley train station.


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