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It's not every day a three-bedroom house with views of the Kent coast is up for grabs for just £110,000.

Yet this end-terrace property in a sought-after area near Ramsgate's stunning harbour is not like most homes on the market.

18 Albert Street in Ramsgate is up for auction for £110-£120,000 and boasts sea views. Picture: Clive Emson
18 Albert Street in Ramsgate is up for auction for £110-£120,000 and boasts sea views. Picture: Clive Emson
The property is less than half a mile from Ramsgate's stunning royal harbour. Picture: Royal Harbour 200th Anniversary Festival
The property is less than half a mile from Ramsgate's stunning royal harbour. Picture: Royal Harbour 200th Anniversary Festival

The average house price in Albert Street is £320,000 - up a staggering 64% on the previous year according to RightMove.

Therefore, at first glance number 18 - which goes under the hammer this month - appears to be an absolute bargain.

Located in a conservation area at the corner with Adelaide Gardens and arranged over four floors, it dates back to the 1830s and even has Grade II-listed status.

Auction appraiser Jon Rimmer admits the property needs "complete refurbishment" but insists "it will be well worth the effort".

“It is close to Ramsgate’s Royal Marina and town centre and is very roomy inside," he adds.

But it's after stepping inside those rooms that the stark reality of the mammoth renovation task ahead becomes all too clear.

Leaflets and letters scattered by the front door. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Leaflets and letters scattered by the front door. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Wallpaper peeling from the hallway ceiling and walls. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Wallpaper peeling from the hallway ceiling and walls. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Teletubbies stickers on the kitchen door. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Teletubbies stickers on the kitchen door. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Paint peeling from the kitchen ceiling. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Paint peeling from the kitchen ceiling. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A former occupant appears to have been a West Ham fan. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A former occupant appears to have been a West Ham fan. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube

A video tour of the property posted by auctioneers Clive Emson reveals a home which appears to have been untouched for years.

Yet the house was in fact occupied until 2020, when the previous owner, who did not have the required funds to carry out any repair works, sadly died.

Retro posters can be seen on the walls featuring Princess Diana, Elvis Presley, the X Files and pop group Steps, as well as Teletubbies stickers.

There is a TV with in-built VHS and DVD players, while various newspaper cuttings are pasted around the house - including a Sun front page from 2007.

Inside another of the ground floor rooms. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Inside another of the ground floor rooms. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Some paintings on the wall. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Some paintings on the wall. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
One of the rooms upstairs appears cluttered with belongings. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
One of the rooms upstairs appears cluttered with belongings. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
An X Files poster on the wall on the first floor. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
An X Files poster on the wall on the first floor. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Princess Diana, Elvis Presley and a Chelsea player feature in the posters and cuttings on the wall of a first floor room. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Princess Diana, Elvis Presley and a Chelsea player feature in the posters and cuttings on the wall of a first floor room. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube

Just inside the front door, unread leaflets and letters are scattered across the floor, while wallpaper peels away from the hallway ceiling.

Some of the rooms remain cluttered with belongings, including teddy bears.

The building has previously been used as both a house and shop, according to Historic England.

A heater with an unidentified electric appliance on top. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A heater with an unidentified electric appliance on top. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A TV in-built VHS and DVD players along with a Simpsons poster. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A TV in-built VHS and DVD players along with a Simpsons poster. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A poster of pop group Steps and a 'Mersey Cried' Sun front page after Liverpool lost the 2007 Champions League final. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A poster of pop group Steps and a 'Mersey Cried' Sun front page after Liverpool lost the 2007 Champions League final. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A toilet on the first floor. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A toilet on the first floor. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Damp on the ceiling of a first floor room. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
Damp on the ceiling of a first floor room. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A first floor room crammed with belongings. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube
A first floor room crammed with belongings. Picture: Clive Emson / YouTube

It became one of Thanet District Council's first ever shared ownership properties in the 1980s.

According to a report presented to the authority's Cabinet in June, the council became the sole owner of the house last year when the owner died.

"The property is in a poor state of repair as the previous owner did not have the financial capacity to carry out any works," it said.

The document said essential work is required to the roof, which would cost between £19,000 and £32,000.

It added that if the property was completely refurbished, its value would increase to £260,000.

Watch the full video tour of 18 Albert Street

But council officers estimated that such a refurbishment would cost in the region of £180,000.

Cllr Tricia Austin told KentOnline this week she had argued for the council to keep the property for community use.

She said the "beautiful building" could have been turned into a tearoom or had the upstairs converted into an AirBnb.

Cllr Austin said residents were opposed to the property being put up for auction due to concerns over "land-banking".

"We have had so many buildings and so many bits of land bought up by developers who then sit on them while they increase in value."

Despite the concerns raised, TDC's Cabinet decided the property should be sold at auction.

It will go under the hammer with a guide price of £110-£120,000 on Wednesday, September 22.

See www.cliveemson.co.uk for more details.

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