Million-pound Largs property is back on the market after being under-supplied

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An iconic building in Largs which was once North Ayrshire’s council chamber is back on the market after a period of undersupply.

Moorburn House was first listed in September and was originally on the market for bids of over £1.1million.

The asking price has now been reduced to offers above £995,000 and is being marketed by Corum in Largs.

The building was briefly under-offered but has been put back on the real estate market.

The building was controversially sold by local authorities in 2009 despite calls from residents to save it from developers.

The council first bought the B-listed building in 1936 for £7,500 and used it as offices for over 70 years.

Officials vacated the building in 2008 and it was put up for sale at an asking price of £325,000.

A campaign was mounted to try to stop the sale, but ultimately failed as the Greenock Road property and surrounding land was sold to an Aberdeen oil tycoon and converted into a private residence.

The Cunninghame Housing Association and the Largs Initiative group had sought to keep it for offices, while building 12 social housing units and parking in the seafront gardens.

The decision to sell sparked controversy at the time, with Labor councilor Alex Gallagher voting with the council, despite previous backing from the campaign to save the site.

At the time, Cllr Gallagher said: ‘I voted against the Largs Initiative bid with some reluctance.

“The affordable housing element of the proposal would have been welcome, but the sad truth is that the project is not tenable, at least in my view.”

The description reads: ‘The ground floor comprises a large entrance hall giving access to a formal lounge and dining room with wide aspects over the gardens to the promenade of Largs, the Firth of Clyde, Cumbrae and Arran to the west.

“A two-storey L-shaped annex to the rear of the main building features a stunning dining-sized kitchen with a range of wall and base units and a central island with marble worktops. solid granite.

“The ground floor of the annex also contains plenty of storage, WC/cloakroom and an office/desk.

“A living room/family room, a cloakroom and a bathroom complete the accommodation on the ground floor.

“On the upper landing of the main part of the property, the current layout allows for four double bedrooms.

“Three of the four bedrooms are en-suite and the two front bedrooms enjoy panoramic views.

“There are three more bedrooms and a bathroom on the upper level of the annex in addition to ample storage space.”

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