A buyer in the small Shropshire community of Wem has been given the go-ahead by a Chartered Surveyor to buy a four-bedroom home. We investigated what our client, Mr W, could expect when he settled in this quintessentially English country town.
The Home Buyers Survey in Shropshire found that the property, which was only four years old, was in fine order. The only negative note that the Surveyor made was that Mr W would have to clean out the gutters.
Survey in a country town with a brave history
The http://www.shropshiretourism.co.uk/wem/" target="_blank">Shropshire Tourism website says that:
“Wem is what ‘our friends across the water’ would define as ‘Quaint’. Wem is full of friendly folk – it could be down to the pace of life or simply that there are plenty of coaching inns where the ales are as real as the warmth of the welcome. ”
The small town boasts a number of traditional specialty shops including:
- An ironmonger
- Treacle Mine Sweets
- One of Shropshire’s best delicatessens
The town has a proud history. It was the site of a dramatic Civil War siege in which a Parliamentary garrison of 40 troops aligned with the villagers to resist a force of 5, 000 Cavaliers. Unfortunately in 1677, less than 30 years after this act of defiance, an accidental fire destroyed many of Wem’s medieval buildings. Wem is also, residents will proudly tell you, the home of the sweet pea.
Wem is now an administrative centre. It houses the northern area committee of Shropshire Council at Edinburgh House, New Street, Wem, Shropshire, SY4 5DB.
Good price for four-bed home, says Surveyor
The Surveyor valued this property at £212, 000. The average price for a four-bedroom property in the nearby regional centre of Shrewsbury is £345, 146. Less than half an hour’s drive away, the price was significantly reduced.
According to the Surveyor, Mr W, if he were prepared to embrace the ‘quaint’ lifestyle of his new Shropshire hometown, would have made a wise investment.