Long storey: Tiny architect-designed home goes on the market in town

One of Britain's tiniest homes? This property is on the market in Western Rd, Tring
One of Britain's tiniest homes? This property is on the market in Western Rd, Tring

A narrow, architect-designed property on the market in Tring has been dubbed one of Britain’s tiniest homes.

The single-storey, mid-terraced house in the town’s Western Road was formerly a shop unit and has been converted for residential use by Tring-based architect Katharine Allen.

The one-bedroom 479sq ft property is up for sale as freehold with an eye-watering price tag of £219,999 – though estate agent Hunters, which is marketing the home, says it has already received lots of interest with one offer on the table and others returning to view the super-slim dwelling.

Caroline Murgatroyd, Hunters director and valuer, said: “It’s quite quirky. It was a shop and we are turning it into a house – we are calling it a house because it’s freehold.

“We have justified the price on the fact it is architect-designed, has vaulted ceilings and high-end fittings such as Corian worktops, and it has its own parking space.

“It’s a nice little investment – especially if Crossrail is given the go ahead for the area – and it is a nice buy for couples.”

The property is the second of its kind Hunters has had on its books – the first in Aston Clinton was also a small retail unit changed into living quarters.

The property in Tring – which has an all-glass frontage looking into a kitchen/living room area and small dining space leading into a modern bathroom and master bedroom – was recently featured in a ‘tiniest homes in Britain’ list by the Telegraph.

The house even benefits from a ‘porch’ – featuring built-in cupboards with sliding doors at the entrance.

Caroline said the newly-converted space reflects a trend in people moving from the capital into the 
commuter belt – with Tring a popular area due to its close proximity to central 
London.

The announcement at the end of last year which revealed the possibility of commuter train route Crossrail extending into Hertfordshire, including into Tring Station, has only upped the ante in the Dacorum town.

Caroline continued: “In Tring, all these spaces will definitely be snapped up by first-time buyers or investors.

“We are seeing the majority of our buyers coming in from London as prices are very high in London and Tring is particularly popular, it’s one of the top areas.

“It’s always going to be high here – obviously some local people will be priced out and will probably move into other areas such as 
Leighton 
Buzzard.”

So, in the expert’s opinion, why is Tring so popular? Caroline said: “It’s the schools here, and obviously the distance to London. The potential for Crossrail to be extended into the area has made an impact.

“It’s a nice, trendy place to be with bars and restaurants, and you also have the reservoirs and countryside giving everything you need for family life.”

To view the property or others from Hunters – which is opening a new branch in nearby Leighton Buzzard – visit www.huntersnet.co.uk.