Lake Alice WWII-era tower sells

The tower and pump shed are all that remain of the old Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital.
WARWICK SMITH/STUFF

The tower and pump shed are all that remain of the old Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital.

The tower that once supplied water to Lake Alice Psychiatric Hospital in Rangitikei has sold.

It only took about 10 days before the WWII-era tower was snapped up, Rob Bennett said.

Bennett, a friend of the former-owner who was overseas at the time of the sale, said the tower sold for about $20,000 above the asking price of $99,000.

The water tower has windows which is unique.
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The water tower has windows which is unique.

In the short time the tower was on Trade Me, it got about 47,000 page views, he said.

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The tower and pump shed were all that remained of the former hospital.

Located near Bulls, the tower has three floors with windows and 360-degree views of the surrounding farmland and mountains.

The former owner was thrilled with the price he got, Bennett said.

He said he thought the new owners were from the Manawatu area and owned other properties about the region.

It was likely they would convert the three-storey concrete tower into a house, he said.

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Bennett, a real estate agent, said he had noticed more people "looking for something a bit different" to buy.

People were looking to buy "outside of the box", rather than pay for an overpriced house or one that may come with other issues, he said.

In Whanganui for example, the old fire station had received a lot of interest recently, Bennett said.

"If you have a tower then it's a good time to sell," he said.

 - Stuff

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