It looks more like a garden shed than a thriving business, and at £10,000 this former hair salon’s virtues are definitely well hidden.
The rickety cabin on the side of Preston Road, in Clayton-le-Woods, is only 3.7m by 4.3m in size, and barely bigger than the average lounge.
However, the once-bustling hair salon has already had more than half a dozen viewings since coming on the market in January.
Estate agent Peter Gilkes, who is promoting the building, said: “It’s received an awful lot of interest, which I’m not surprised about because it’s an unusual, economically-priced property.”
The business was operated by an elderly woman for decades.
She reduced her opening hours to just a few per week before closing in the middle of last year.
Her son Paul Rigby is selling the building on behalf of his mum.
Mr Gilkes admitted: “The cabin is not in very good condition, but it is capable of being replaced with a more substantial building and it’s in a prime location.”
Mick Todd lives in nearby Back Lane, and runs a sandwich business from Bargain Booze on Preston Road.
He looked at the unit with an idea to move his venture, Toddy’s@Bargain Booze, into the separate building.
He said: “I thought it would be ideal at first, but it just looks like it’s about to fall down. One strong breeze and it’d be blown over.
“It’s made of wood and is just too ramshackle.
“I used to know the lady who owned it and she was lovely, but I really think you’d be paying for the land rather than the salon.
“It’d be better to build a garage on there or an extra room to the adjoining flats, because it’s not very big.”
A description on the estate agent’s website says: “Long-established hairdressing salon which has been operating for many years, trading from a timber cabin.
“It occupies a prominent corner position fronting the busy Preston Road and has the benefit of parking space to both front and side with additional parking in Back Lane.
“It provides potential for replacement with a more robust structure and reconnecting to mains gas, electricity and water supplies which are laid on and to the main sewer.”
It has twin sink units and a gas heater, and it is understood the premises are described as ‘shop and premises’, assessed at a rateable value of £2,125.
Mr Rigby was not available for comment.