Thursday, July 03, 2008

Ramsgate Under The Hammer

A big, ECR shout out to reader Caroline who spotted Ramsgate on the BBC's Homes Under The Hammer today. Caroline must be a fellow welfare sponger (although perhaps not with the political axe to grind) as HUTH is a morning show primarily watched by the kind of people who might be fragile enough at that early hour to take its title literally, given a probable diet consisting solely of cheese sarnies, disco biscuits and White Lightning. In fact, judging by the state of the property featured, it could well have already suffered that fate!

Anyhoo, back to the show. Presenter Martin kicked off the Ramsgate segment with an upbeat monologue: 'There's a real positive feeling about the stuff that's been going on here. There's a new high speed rail link into London and a lot of property refurbishment going on.' That's the spirit, Martin! Once inside the house in Richmond Road, however, he ascertained that all the floors had collapsed and the entire house was in imminent danger of falling down. Hmm, more than a spot of refurbishment required there, methinks. Auctioneers Clive Emson eventually, er, knocked it down to a London developer for £142,000, who then discovered Thanet Council had condemned it. But not to worry, a man from TDC eventually came along and offered him a £75,000 interest free loan. Result!

Click here to watch Homes Under The Hammer (until 9 July)

13 comments:

ramsgate resident said...

We could have shown then some much more up-market dilapidated properties in need of repair couldn't we? Albion House, the Royal Victoria Pavilion, Westcliff Hall and the toilets in Boundary Road, to name just a few.

ZumiWeb said...

Thanks ECR, nice to see the conclusion to my original post from last July. Not sure the £115,000 flats will sell so easily in this year's market, but at least it looks a bit better - they were rendering the frontage this morning, so almost done...

ZumiWeb said...

...and my prediction that the new fast rail and Ramsgate becoming a property hotspot would get a mention? Yup. No change there then.

Anonymous said...

Every time i hear the expression "fast rail link" I get a fit of the giggles - at a recent board meeting when we asked the quickest way to get to France by the channel tunnel we were told to go to Northfleet ( which already means changing at Chatham) then get a bus!!!!!! to Ebbsfleet. They cannot be serious? We can see France from here - it might be quicker to swim? As for getting to London as far as I understand it only one train an hour will be a little bit faster

Curious said...

Don't see much point in showing a programme that is already a year out of date, do you?

Anonymous said...

It takes me two hours to get to my flat in London on the train. Then less than two hours to get to Paris by Eurostar from there. What's that all about?

Anonymous said...

8.42... I make that about 4 hours.

'MR X'

Anonymous said...

ROFL!

8.42

Anonymous said...

The Ramsgate bit of the property show is about 40 minutes in so set your computer running then go away and make a cup of tea, cook dinner, have a snooze whatever then come back and watch.

Anonymous said...

Do you think ECR that the London developer may have read somewhere that Ramsgate was 'the new millionaires' playground'? Perhaps on the internet? I think we should be told!

Anonymous said...

Does anybody remember a couple buying a large house somewhere near the harbour in LOCATION,LOCATION. The presenters said then that Ramsgate was up and comming and that was about 3 years ago. I wonder if they are still there?

Eastcliff Richard said...

It was January 2007 actually. I reported it here. Not sure if they are still in residence, though.

Eastcliff Richard said...

BTW Caroline has emailed me to point out she is not a welfare sponger. She adds: 'I normally sit down and watch tv and have a cuppa at that time after coming back from the school run and the morning clear up.'

Right, that's that cleared up. I'm off down the pub!