A Cheap Cottage

Detached Grade II listed Georgian cottage in London, E13 for sale for just £180,000


What could be one of London’s cheapest detached Georgian houses is headed to auction.


Built in 1836 as the gate lodge to a now demolished mansion known as Bedfords and later The Willows, Grade II listed Willow Lodge in Willow Grove, Plaistow, E13 was itself originally thatched but now has a slate roof.


The rendered and whitewashed single storey freehold cottage, which provides one reception room, a kitchen, one bedroom and a bathroom, looks idyllic in close-up pictures but actually, sadly, adjoins a rather grim looking 1950s/1960s housing estate to the rear and a playground named the Valetta Grove open space to the front. It comes with a private rear garden and is described as “in need of modernisation.”


Plaistow London Underground Station is just two minutes away and a guide price of £180,000+ ($237,000+, €198,000+ or درهم871,000+) has been set by auctioneers Savills. They will sell the property on Monday 25th September at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, W1.



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  • It certainly looks quaint from the outside. I don't know the area but I am sure someone could make it quite special. It looks a little like a model for a gingerbread house.

  • As a property professional, I imagine this low guide has been set to attract interest. I see the house going much higher but the limitation is the noise from the playground during the daytime. Plaistow has good transport links and for someone wanting something a little different -- after renovation -- this will be a great little starter home.

    • We now know, having been told on multiple occasions that you are some sort of estate agent. Do you suffer from disease that insists that you keep stating the obvious?

  • Thanks for alerting me to this. I shall definitely be going to take a look. A good buy at £210k I reckon even.

  • It's very cute but I'd like to see a floor plan and know the square footage. Any potential to extend into the roof or the garden?

  • As someone remarked about Austin, "A beautiful city surrounded by Texas", this is a beautiful cottage surrounded by Plaistow. Perhaps a starter home but perhaps turn it into a quirky office if you're a (very) successful local business owner?
    I would think permission would NOT be granted to extend the roof of a Grade ll listed property.

  • Perfect for a game of demolition derby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Knock the f***** down!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wrecking ball required!!!!!!!!!!! Twenty minute job I reckon!!!!!!!!!!!! Probably been used by a bunch of East End druggies for the last few years so be careful of the needles contractors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! £180k for that!!!!!!!!!!!! The agent must have had a needle full too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Well I suppose you could always build a five storey basement underneath it with swimming pool home theatre and garaging for 12/14 cars....

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