Converting a Cold War nuclear spy base might be preferable to owning a house in Felch Square

13/02/2019 15:02:21

By Paul Burns

News that a former nuclear spy base in Tayside has gone on the market may leave some people wondering who on earth would buy it.

Known locally as The Golf Ball, the former RAF base at Balado Bridge comes with six acres of land for a price tag of £950,000.

It might seem unlikely that anyone would want to make their home a former lookout station to monitor the threat of incoming Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles, but stranger things have happened.

Of course, we’re all now used to former churches being converted into homes along with disused warehouses, lighthouses and even ships.

Unusual items that have been converted into homes include a Boeing 727 airliner, a concrete sea fort, a large recycling bin and a double decker bus.

The new owners of the former nuclear lookout station will also have to contend with having their mail delivered to The Golf Ball.

But they might consider themselves lucky compared with the outlandish and even distasteful names some buyers must put up with to land the right home.

Consider, for example, the indignity of living in Old Fish Hill Lane, in London, Felch Square in Powys or Butts Wynd, in St Andrews.

You may find you have difficulty selling your house if you live in Titty Ho, Fanny Hands Lane or Bell End. Other risqué addresses include The Knob, Spanker Lane and Crotch Crescent.

If someone views a property they love in an area where they want to live that ticks all the right boxes for schools, access, community and shopping, the chances are they’re not going to be put off by a street name.

But in circumstances where they’re viewing several properties which they like, then it can be the deciding factor in them opting to buy in a street with a normal name.

Most buyers will be in their new home for several years and their address is something they’re going to be reminded of every day, so you need to be happy with it and not feel that’s it’s an embarrassment.

All of which might explain why residents in Shiteburn Lane, Westminster campaigned to have it changed to Sherborne Lane and why disgruntled homeowners mounted a campaign to have Pissing Alley changed to Cannon Street.

Paul Burns is a Director of Scottish Property Centre Cardonald and Scottish Property Centre Argyll

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