90 St Olaf Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0ES

Offers Over £240,000
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Great opportunity to acquire a sizeable, semi-detached, period property in a highly sought-after location on the corner of St Olaf Street and Harbour Street in the heart of Lerwick's town centre with amenities close at hand.

The property has until recently been used as a dental surgery (Class 2 use) however it should have potential for conversion to residential or other uses subject to the usual consents required.

The well-proportioned accommodation which retains some original period features, is arranged over two main floors plus an additional attic, the ground floor comprising five rooms, a store & toilet, the first floor comprising four further rooms and a shower room, and a stair to a further two attic rooms.

The property is set in a good-sized corner plot with walled garden to the front and additional garden / yard with off-street parking place and a large garage to the rear.

Renovation is required which is reflected in the price but nonetheless the property offers great potential particularly for a large family home in this very desirable and convenient location.

General Information

The property occupies a prominent corner site at the junction of St Olaf Street & Harbour Street right in the centre of Lerwick with amenities close at hand. The property is situated in the Lerwick conservation area but is not understood to be listed.

The property is generally of stone construction below a slate roof, the main part comprising accommodation arranged over two floors and an attic floor, plus there is a further single storey extension to the rear. Heating is provided by central heating radiatiors fed by an oil-fired boiler although it is understood the boiler requires replacement.

The building has for many years been used as a dental surgery. As such it is assumed to have Class 2 use (financial, professional and other services) in terms of the Town & Country Planning (Use Classes) (Scotland) Order 1997 although prospective purchasers should just satisfy themselves in this regard by contacting Shetland Islands Council Planning Department directly.

Planning Permission and a Building Warrant would be required for most other uses, e.g. residential, although as the building was originally a house, although no change of use application has been made, a change of use back to residential would not normally be expected to be a problem given the property's location in a sought-after predominately residential street, although again prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves in this regard as no guarantees can be given. It may be possible to provide additional habitable accommodation on the top floor although again this would be subject to any necessary consents required.

Fitted cupboards and other fittings remain in a number of rooms. The property is being sold in its current condition and no warranties will be given in respect of any contents or services.

If you require finance to fund a purchase please note that normal residential borrowing will not usually apply as this is a commercial property. If applicable you should check with a lender first whether finance is available prior to arranging a viewing.


The main entrance to the property is through the front garden to St Olaf Street, a path leading up to the front door which opens to a vestibule with original decorative tiled floor and inner glazed door and screen to the hall, again retaining original features including doors, door surrounds, cornice and also the staircase to the first floor, the stair having a built-in cupboard below.

On the right are two rooms, the larger front room which has a triple window facing west and looking out over the front garden, and retaining a cornice and paneling around the window, the second room having a window looking out over the back garden area. A third door at the end of the hall leads to a third dual-aspect room.

The layout of the rooms to the left has been altered at some point, this side of the ground floor accommodation comprising a lobby leading to a west-facing bay windowed room to the front, whilst to the rear is a hallway leading to a store room, toilet and further room to the rear with side window and rear entrance door.

Upstairs, the staircase which is lit by an original window over, leads to a landing with doors to three rooms, a shower room and a lobby with door to a fourth room and stair to the attic floor. The two front rooms, one of which has a large bay window, are a good size and both face west. The two rooms on the right hand side were originally one much larger single room, possibly a drawing room.

The original narrow stair from the lobby to the fourth room, provides access to the upper floor where there are cupboards to both sides of the landing, and two large attic rooms both with Velux windows to the west.

Rooms Sizes

On the Ground Floor:-

Room 1 (south front)

Approx. 4.8m x 3.15m (15'9" x 10'3")

Room 2 (south middle)

Approx. 4.8m x 2.45m (15'9" x 8')

Room 3 south rear)

Approx. 3.35m x 3.05m (11' x 10')

Room 4 (north front)

Generally approx. 3.2m x 2.85 m extending to 3.85m at widest point into bay (10'7" x 9'5" / 12'8")


Approx. 2.5m x 1.1m (8'2" x 3'6")


Approx. 2.45m x 1.55m (8' x 5')

Room 5 (north rear)

Approx. 3.8m x 3m (12'6" x 10')

On the First Floor:-

Room 6 (north rear)

Approx. 4.3m x 2.6m (14'2" x 8'7")

Room 7 (north front)

Approx. 4.35m x 3m extending to 4.1m at widest point into bay (14'3" x 9'10" / 13'3")

Shower Room

Approx. 2.25m x 1.95m (7'4" x 6'4")

Room 8 (south front)

Approx. 4.8m x 2.95m (15'10" x 9'8")

Room 9 (south rear)

Approx. 3.55m x 2.65m at widest points (11'8" x 8'8")

On the Attic Floor:-

Room 10 (south)

Approx. 4m x 3.6m (floor area) (13'1" x 11'10")

Room 11 (north)

Approx. 4.15m x 3.65m (floor area) (13'8" x 12')


The property benefits from a good-sized front garden which is enclosed by a stone wall on both sides, the low wall to St Olaf Street retaining the original cast iron railing & gate. A path and steps flanked by lawns with mature trees to either side, leads up to the front door.

A path continues around the side of the property to the rear where there is a handy off-street parking space and a small lawn / drying green. A lockable external store (approx. 2.35m x 1.4m) houses the boiler.

The separate, lean-to garage measures approximately 9.8m long x 3.6m at its widest point (the floor area narrows along the length) (approx. 32' x 11'10"). It has an 'up & over' garage door although this is presently not operational and needs replacement, and a separate side entrance.

Property Location

The property sits on the corner of St Olaf Street and Harbour Street just along from a small park which is the site of Lerwick's famous Up Helly Aa burning ceremony.

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Important Information for Prospective Purchasers

This schedule is intended only to help you decide whether to view the property. We always recommend you view the property personally.

The information is believed to be correct, but it is not warranted and is not to form part of any contract of sale. All dates, distances, areas and room sizes noted are approximate and for use as a general guide only. Prospective purchasers should satisfy themselves as to the working condition or otherwise of any equipment such as central heating or kitchen appliances.

This schedule should not be taken as a comment on the condition of the property. This is a matter for your surveyor and we recommend that once you have found a property you are interested in, you obtain a survey report. We can provide details of surveyors if required.

Interested parties are advised to note their interest through their solicitor as soon as possible so that they can be informed if a closing date is fixed. Noting interest does not place any obligation on the seller to set a closing date or to give any noted interests the opportunity to offer. Whilst every effort will be made to advise noted interests of any closing date set, this cannot be guaranteed.

No responsibility will be accepted for expenses incurred by parties who have noted interest but do not get an opportunity to offer, or for any expenses incurred traveling to properties which have been sold or withdrawn.

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