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Ticket to reside... in house that's built around a bus; UNIQUE BUNGALOW BY CANAL IS UP FOR SALE.

Byline: Brett Gibbons Staff Reporter

IT'S a home that could be just the ticket for bus travel enthusiasts and is a wheel-y great investment for anyone looking to re-deck-orate.

Auctioneers are selling the Black Country canalside bungalow, called Sunningdale, which has been constructed around an old bus, during a property sale.

Remarkably, parts of the vehicle are still intact, with a bedroom which was once the lower deck, wheels and windows.

The bungalow, in Dark Lane, Coven, near Wolverhampton, goes under the hammer at the Holte Suite at Aston Villa Football Club, on May 1. "It is one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen," said Ron Darlington, partner with Birminghambased auctioneer CPBIGWOOD. I've never witnessed anything like it."

Described as "derelict", but until recently the home of an elderly woman, it has a guide price of PS75,000 to PS80,000 based on the site's potential redevelopment value.

But the dwelling's journey started as Wolverhampton Trolleybus 274. It first hit the roads in August 1938 and is thought to have been based at the then newly-built Park Lane Bus Garage at Fallings Park.

The bus finished service in 1949 after being in an accident - Wolverhampton Corporation renewed the whole fleet between 1948 and 1952.

Put up for sale, it was bought by a Mr S B Church, 32 Park Lane, Fallings Park, who lived just down the road from the bus depot.

It was subsequently towed to Anchor Bridge at Coven where it was converted into a summer home and named The Brubet.

In 1968 the owners removed the top deck and a bungalow was built around the vehicle incorporating the bus.

The property is freehold and, according to the particulars, is "ideal for demolition and redevelopment".

Situated on the outskirts of Coven village, the bungalow is described as having "an enviable canal side frontage".

The accommodation comprises porch, kitchen, bathroom, dining room, lounge, bedroom and study. There are also gardens at the front and rear.

The unique home, with a little coaching, could be a first step to the top deck on the property ladder.

'"It is one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen," I've never witnessed anything like it. RON DARLINGTON


The bungalow built round a bus - complete with a bedroom which was once the lower deck, wheels and windows
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Date:Apr 17, 2014
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