One of the most historic homes in Harrogate is to be auctioned next month.
Pineheath, which was built on Cornwall Road in the 1890s, was formerly the home of Indian shipping magnate Sir Dhunjibhoy Bomanji and Lady Frainy Bomanji.
But the house, which has a guide price of £3.5 million, has been derelict for many years and is not fit for viewing.
The property, which has planning permission to be converted into 12 flats, will go under the hammer in an online auction on June 8 at 3pm.
The lot includes the adjoining former chauffeur’s cottage, which has been refurbished into a pair of semi-detached coach houses that yield rent of £51,000 a year.
A 0.5 acre parcel of land next to the site, believed to be the last undeveloped parcel on the Duchy estate, is being auctioned as a separate lot with a guide price of £1.85 million.
FSS partner Simon Croft said Pineheath’s private owner was keen for someone to redevelop the site. He added:
“It’s one of the most historic properties in prime Harrogate and it’s a shame that it’s become an eyesore on the street.
“The current owner has had a go with Harrogate planning department and has taken a pragmatic view that he’s probably not going to get anywhere and so he will let someone else take up the baton.
“The main house is derelict and unsafe. There are holes in the roof and the floors have rotted through. Any buyer would have to understand they would have some serious refurbishment work to take on or chance their arm by putting in a fresh planning application.”
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