Lonely hearths: homes to love

Do you like a project, or are you more of an off-the-peg buyer?

Most househunters, apparently, are the latter – they like to buy a finished home, without having to think about accent walls or dado rails. Which gives the project-minded buyers something to do: fix up properties to sell on to their DIY-averse neighbours.

There are lots of properties in our area that need modernisation. The following four are currently on the market, just waiting for someone to love them.

New Mill House at Fellbeck is a stone-built, semi-detached property in the heart of the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Surrounded by beautiful countryside, it has lawned gardens with greenhouse, long barn and stone outbuilding as well as a pond, woodland and even a beck running through, complete with small weir.

In fact, so attrractive are the external features that comprehensive refurbishment of the interior, which has three bedrooms, a sunroom and an extensive attic area, could pull the whole property up a league or two.

Moorside Cottage is a picturesque limestone property in the historic semi-rural village of Walton, near Wetherby, which is convenient for Leeds, York and motorway network.

The double-fronted end-of-row cottage has a wealth of period features, such as heavily beamed ceilings and wooden floors, and of the four properties featured here, it probably needs the lightest touch to bring it up to scratch.

It has two bedrooms, outhouse, cellar and stone-flagged cottage-style garden, and with a little “polish” could be a real gem.

Not too far away, 2 Oak Ridge is a modern, extended stone-built detached house off the Linton Road in Wetherby.

It has four bedrooms and three reception areas, as well as a small utility room and a study or sewing room.

Outside, there is an enclosed back garden with patio area, garage with garden store room, further wood-built garden store and garden room.

Finally, 30 Park Parade is a grade II-listed Georgian townhouse overlooking Christ Church Stray, said to date from the late 18th century.

Unassuming from the outside, but deceptively spacious on the inside, it screams “potential” at every turn. It arguably needs the most work of all these properties, but then again, any investment should be rewarded in spades.

It has three first-floor bedrooms and three attic rooms with plenty of eaves storage, providing various bedroom/bathrooms options. There are three reception rooms on the ground floor and in the cellar there are three good-sized rooms as well as a bathroom, kitchenette and two stores – all of which could suggest a multiplicity of conversion options, from self-contained accommodation to gym, cinema room, extra bedrooms... or something else entirely.

Outside, there are still more possibilities, with a courtyard, workshop/garage, office and further garaging – all convertible, subject to consents.