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Cop a look inside these arresting homes in a former police station

To TV soap fans, 2 Coronation Street is better known as Audrey Roberts’ hair salon, but in Ince, near Wigan, it’s a former police station which has been converted into an arresting ground-floor apartment.

Part of the same building is 492 Warrington Road, a three-storey mews property with three bedrooms.

And if you’re combing the area for a quirky but well-presented home, both of these definitely fit the bill.

Both properties are being sold by unconditional online auction by SDL Auctions in partnership with Alan Batt Estate Agents, ending on Tuesday 11th August at 2pm.

Putting the case forward for 2 Coronation Street, Andrew Parker, managing director at SDL Auctions, said: “This is a really smart apartment which has been finished to a high standard while retaining some unusual original features. Where else can you find a bathroom with the added security of a barred door or a walk-in wardrobe complete with a food hatch? They may not necessarily be features on your ‘must-have’ list but they are definitely great talking points.” 

The bright and airy apartment, which has a *guide price of £100,000, is one of four unique properties which have been created following the high-spec makeover of the old police station in Ince.

The property is entered via the hallway, which leads to a large open-plan living kitchen and dining area, fitted with modern appliances. Either side of the hallway are two good-sized bedrooms, the master having a storage space with a feature cell door. The bathroom features a white suite with a bath and separate corner shower cubicle. Outside there is a private garden area and off-road parking.

The larger mews property, 492 Warrington Road, has a guide price of £130,000 and features, on the ground floor, a hallway leading to a modern open-plan living kitchen and dining area with a utility room and cloakroom. The first floor has two large bedrooms and a bathroom featuring a bath and separate shower cubicle, while the master bedroom is on the second floor, with plumbing in place to create an ensuite if required. Outside is a private rear garden.

Andrew added: “Both of these properties demand closer investigation and are not to be missed. 2 Coronation Street would be ideal for a first-time buyer or for someone looking to downsize, while 492 Warrington Road would make a beautiful family home. Both are ideal for investors seeking top quality rental properties which are sure to prove popular with tenants.”

Dating back to around 1900, the police station was taken out of use in the early 2000s and lay untouched until last year when it was converted into high-spec housing. It sits on the corner of Coronation Street and the main Warrington Road close to shops and amenities and less than two miles from the centre of Wigan itself.  Transport links are excellent with the nearby Ince Railway Station operating hourly services to Manchester Victoria and easy access to both the M6 motorway and Manchester Airport.

Both properties are for sale by SDL Auctions in partnership with Alan Batt Estate Agents by unconditional online auction, ending at 2pm on Tuesday 11th August.

SDL Auctions has a strong reputation in the property industry, being one of the country’s biggest and most successful auctioneers. It has continued to operate throughout lockdown, becoming the UK’s most successful live-streamed auctioneer, while simultaneously holding daily single-lot online auctions.

For more information about either of these properties, or to book a viewing, please contact Alan Batt on 01942 233999 or email sales@alanbatt.co.uk.