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A building in Northfleet, Gravesend, that has been home to a Methodist church, has sold at an online auction for £391,000 – way above the guide price of £150-160,000.

The Rainbow Centre in Rose Street could continue for community use or be turned into residential accommodation, as long as all necessary consents are obtainable.

It was among 104 lots listed for sale by Clive Emson, the land and property auctioneers.

Auctioneer John Stockey said: “There is demand for property in this area and this is a large building in a desirable location.

“We had plenty of interest and any works, alterations or changes will require the necessary consents to be obtainable.

“The level of interest meant the price was driven upwards proving the confidence there is in the market.”

A two-bedroom maisonette in St Pauls Crays near Orpington was also offered at the sale.

The property at 2 Julienne House, Main Road, has the remainder of a 99-year lease from 1968 and was offered with a guide price of £140,000-plus. It sold for £151,000.

Auctioneer Paul Bridgeman said: “The maisonette has a section of front garden and a private garden at the back.

“It also has a garage and is close to amenities and railway station.”

Clive Emson Auctioneers holds auctions eight times a year offering specialist advice for auction purposes with offices in Essex, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the West Country, selling with skill, speed and efficiency. 

Clive Emson’s next online property auction - the second of eight this year – is on 24 March, with lot entries closing on 2 March. The catalogue is published online from 6 March.

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