Lot 18 Alexander House, 72-77 St Matthew's Street, Ipswich, IP1 3EW

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Property Summary
  • On the instructions of the Fixed Charge Receivers
  • Freehold residential investment
  • 80 residential units (42 HMO / 38 Non HMO)
  • Asset management opportunity
  • Comprising Two adjoining Three and Five Storey Buildings
  • Two roof terraces
  • Total GIA approximately 1,622 sq m (17,461 sq ft)
  • Producing £301,000 pa (average over the last 3 years)

Ipswich, with a population of 133,384 (2011) is a town in Suffolk, a county in eastern England. Set on the River Orwell, the town is located 75 miles to the north east of London, 52 miles east of Cambridge and 42 miles south of Norwich. The town benefits from excellent road links, with the A1156, A14 and A12 being close by. Ipswich Railway Station is on the Great Eastern Main Line, 0.7 miles to the south and journey time to London (Liverpool Street) are 1 hour and 10 minutes and Norwich are 42 minutes.
The property is located in a busy position on the corner of St. Matthews Street and Portman Road, approximately a quarter of a mile from the town centre. The town centre has a range of large high street retailers, bars, coffee shops and restaurants and the waterfront is lined with cafes, galleries . Nearby occupiers to the property include Tescos, Welch Pharmacy and Christchurch Park.


The Main Block is arranged over 3 floors and comprises 58 units, 50 of which are self-contained. There are also 7 communal kitchens, living rooms and a roof terrace. The Mews Block benefits from lift access and is arranged over 5 floors, comprising 22 self contained units and a terrace on the third floor. All units are furnished, and are supplied by x7 and x2 combi boilers respectively.


80 units comprising –
x38 studios, x36 Bedroom units with en-suite bathrooms and
x6 Bedroom units with shared bathrooms.
x42 units have an HMO licence and x38 are self contained (Non HMO’s).
All the units are refurbished to a good and average condition, with basic specification.


The property currently ranges between 80-85% occupancy, on Assured Shorthold Tenancies (AST's) producing £301,000 pa (average over last x3 years, please refer to legal pack).
Full occupancy could produce a total income of approximately £350,000 (plus) per annum. (Buyer to make their own enquiries)
Over the last x3 years the property has produced an average income of £301,000pa. The costs for gas, electricity, water, repairs and some council tax contributions (38 out of 80 units) and 14% turnover for management are approximately £159,000. As a result, the property over the last 3 years has produced an average net income of £141,000 pa.


The property has potential for further development (subject to obtaining the necessary consents). Ipswich Borough Council (Tel 01473 432000) www.ipswich.gov.uk

Please refer to Legal Documents

Refer to the legal pack

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