Hopes are high that an historic village where every property has been on the market for four years for the same price as a London flat will finally be sold this year.
The 16 homes and cottages, along with dozens of acres of agricultural land, in Aberllefenni, near Machynlleth, in Powys, Wales, were first put up for grabs for £1.5m in June 2016.
Since then there has been plenty of interest, but nothing that’s ever led to a sale, despite the price tag having been dropped by £350,000.
All the homes put together are now worth about the same as a swanky two-bed flat in upmarket parts of London.
However, Dafydd Hardy – whose estate agency has been behind trying to find a new buyer – is adamant that 2021 will be the year that it happens.
“The last sale fell though in November 2020, which was frustrating,” he told Wales Online, adding that money has never been a sticking point in Aberllefeni getting snapped up.
“It’s the complex nature of the package that’s on offer that causes all the hold-ups, but there’s only one way to progress with something of this nature and that’s slowly.”
All currently tenanted, the properties previously housed workers from the nearby slate quarry and were owned by the family of John Lloyd, managing director of Caernarfon firm Inigo Jones & Co Ltd, which bought the site back in the 1960s – although quarrying in the area dates all the way back to the 16th century.
The company then sold the quarry in April 2016 and put the homes up for sale a few months later.
“We’ve recently had lots more people wanting to see it, and that’s despite all the Covid-related rules which are in place at the moment regarding viewings,” Mr Hardy added.
“Actually, those restrictions can be a good thing, as they tend to make people ask for as much information as they can about a property before they commit to looking at it.
“It’s a good way for us to gauge just how serious any prospective buyers might be.”
Enquiries received in the last few months have persuaded Mr Hardy that the run of bad luck is about to be broken.
“It’s early days, but let’s just say I’m quietly confident 2021 will be the year Aberllefenni finally sells,” he added.