A Gothic Mansion in Scotland Is Being Auctioned Off With the Bidding Starting at $1

Kelly Allen

From House Beautiful

Feel like taking on a new project in Scotland? There’s a mansion being auctioned off in the country, and the bid for it started at $1.

The mansion–called The Elms–in Arbroath, Scotland is a two-story French gothic–style building. It’s a “fantastic opportunity for a builder/developer to purchase,” because it’s in poor condition throughout and is on an at-risk register, according to the auction listing description by National Property Auctions. Previously, the building was set to be turned into six apartments and five houses, but the plan fell through. The building by the Scottish architect William Leiper formerly operated as a hotel until World War II. “It was requisitioned by the War Office before becoming a children's home of the World-Wide Evangelisation Crusade,” the description reveals.

As far as the surrounding area goes, the mansion is located near regular train and bus services between the Scottish cities of Dundee and Aberdeen as well as other towns and villages surrounding them. Within a short walking distance, there are primary and secondary schools and major supermarkets.

Originally listed for £1, or $1.25, the current bid for the mansion is now up to £92,000 or about $114,546. The auction ends on July 17 at 11 a.m. BST. That means bidders have about 21 more days to go until it’s sold. Check out the listing to find out more and register to bid here.

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