Wednesday, December 17, 2008

V- IS FOR VACANT

Pretty Vacant


V - Is for vacant

Now there's no point in asking you'll get no reply, (just like Isle of Man Newspapers!), honestly no one's out to lunch as no one is at home. This is just another empty property I have come across on my travels around Ramsey, Lezayre Road in fact. If anyone was looking for prime spot in Ramsey to rent a flat(apartment for my American friends) then I would suggest here. A minute from the Swan pub, Shoprite Supermarket, The library in fact you could watch the Isle Of Man TT Races from the window. Any takers?


It really is rotten luck that a lovely building such a this should be lain to waste. On the other it makes a great photo opportunity. With the credit crunch now it's just a vicious circle of pretty vacant properties like this beauty awaiting a tenant or buyer while falling into ruin, then becoming to expensive to restore etc. I've no illusions about the romance of buildings such as these. Yes perfect for photographers, but I'd much rather it was restored and converted into affordable housing even if that means making it into a bland faceless facade. Unfortunately accommodation is paramount not my photographs.

This image is a month old. Still no laptop and my borrowing time is now down to a minimum. Some of you may have noticed I have had a little fun with this post.


To view the road this property is on, click below


Lezayre Road
Foootbridge


Mrse nesbitt is the lady of letters.

49 comments:

M. Isabel said...

That blue sky is so beautiful, too...

marley said...

It could be a haunted house! It looks similar to the style of house we have around here.

marley said...

Btw, glad you liked the firemen!

Anonymous said...

Babs. I know your game. Good to see you have not lost your humour. It looks very European and mysterious.

Jana said...

It is too bad that building is sitting vacant. I can only imagine how beautiful it could be if it were taken care of.

Leslie: said...

Gosh, I wish I could afford to buy it and make it into something special. :D

Virginia said...

I think it looks perfect pour moi. Sign me up. Love the yellow facade . Haunted? no way. I will have it fixed up and ready to entertain B. and G. shortly. V

Marie-Noyale said...

Pretty and Vacant...
Perfect! I will share it with V.!!!

Gaelyn said...

I love it. Great capture. Too bad it's vacant.
Hope your laptop comes soon. I waited two weeks for mine.

Small City Scenes said...

I find empty houses and buildings very sad. A friend of mine who is in construction said an empty house dies every day it is empty. I do believe that too. MB

George Townboy said...

Great photo! I can't stand empty buildings either, they are sad.

Ken Mac said...

these old empty buildings always get me to wondering about the past lives who lived there. Spooks, ghosts.
Hope you get your laptop problem solved soon!

magiceye said...

very vacant! beautiful!

ramblingwoods said...

Oh no..still no laptop..I don't know what I would do without mine. I am so sorry about that. How are you keeping up? Regarding vacant..there are going to be more and more vacant places with this economy. Darn last 8 years in the US...

Olivier said...

une belle photo de nuit, avec un bon choix de perspective.
a nice night photograph, with a good choice of perspective.

bitingmidge said...

Perhaps the man delivering your laptop will see it and fall in love with it? ;-)

Sunshine Coast Daily - Australia

Chuck Pefley said...

V could also be for "vibrant" in describing the resonance of the vibrating yellow-umber and deep blue. Pity I can't pop over and rent this imposing edifice for a short spell.

kikamz said...

will soon be looking for vacant apartments in 2009 ourselves! i hope the vacant ones in germany are nice and spacy.

nice post babooshka!

mine is here: http://seasons.pinoyvibes.net/2008/12/17/v-is-for-vow/

happy wednesday!

Tash said...

Very sad - looks like a grand place & it's got what it takes for good investment - location, location, location.

Eki Akhwan said...

The angle and the light make the geometry of this piece of architecture looks grand, B! Excellent photo!

Rinkly Rimes said...

When I was in the IoM a few years ago it was bulging with money! All off-shore, of course/ The Crunch must have hit you hard.

Gordon said...

A superb shot; great lighting and interesting perspective.

I hope you get your new laptop soon.

spacedlaw said...

Shame to let it vacant indeed.
Good V though.

Reader Wil said...

It's a pity indeed that so many grand houses stay empty and useless.

Aileni said...

That's me today - Vacant... sigh.

Anonymous said...

"Now there's no point in asking you'll get no reply, (just like Isle of Man Newspapers!)"

I couldn't agree more Babs. The rude ignoramuses at the island's newspaper put even the rest of the businesses on the island to shame and (as anyone livin here knows) is really sayin something!

Deslilas said...

Victor Hugo was in Guernesey, may be we should stay a while in your Isle to wait for better days without the French clown !

Peter said...

I can see from above comments that there is a good chance to share sqatting this house with some nice fellow bloggers!

RuneE said...

Somehow the building looks back on you with a vacant look in the windows...

Jim said...

Looks like a great place and with a small balcony.

Tom said...

I'd rent it. Fine looking property.

JM said...

The building seems to be like 80 years old or so and I guess after some good work inside it can became a fantastic house.

Pete. said...

The Isle of Man is a tax refuge. Is that where the money goes, neglected properties one wonders.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

What a shame this building is going into disrepair. It does make a nice photo, I agree.

Miss_Yves said...

Very, Very, Very nice shot!

Rose said...

Lovely photo! I noticed while sightseeing in Phoenix, Arizona lots of empty storefronts that were filled last year. The credit crunch is hitting everywhere.

So, how much is the rent? Your locale is so beautiful, someone could rent out rooms to tourists:)

J said...

I got the card. Thank you it's so funny and really sums up what's happening in the UK. Tell Gary it will be winging it's way around the council offices to all the right departments. It is a shame that we let building rot in the UK. Hope santa brings you lots of new customers in the New Year, both of you. I also hope the BBC sack the deadwood and start the Barker Gallery up again - it is missed.

All the best

J xx

haleyhughes said...

It's interesting how decay can be so pretty. Hopefully someone will rescue this beauty before it slides much further.

BarkerBitesBack said...

Thanks J

Much appreciated.

All the best
Gary

tr3nta said...

the place looks really beautiful. shame it looks abandoned.

mannanan said...

Perfect V. I know the property and it's a shame that it's been left to rot as it has. Far too many properties like this in Ramsey if you ask me.

TSannie said...

Beautiful tho sad photo. We have more and more empty buildings here...it's not a good thing.

Alan said...

Vacant is a good - if unfortunate - choice.

angela said...

I have no idea what property prices are like on the Isle of Man. As you say any vacant property is a shame..
Like the building against that blue sky..

Jay said...

It is a shame but there is something very photogenic about derelict buildings!

Dusty Lens said...

I fear we shall have more abandoned buildings and homes in the near future.

The colors are bold; deep blue sky. One thing I notice is during winter here in Minnesota, our sky will take on a reddish/peach color sky. I believe it is from the frozen moisture in the air reflecting street and city lights.

antigoni said...

Excellent post!

Afanja said...

Great shot, but it's sad to see that beautiful old building is in decline.

Per Stromsjo said...

I suppose maintenance was neglected long before the credit crunch?

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