AS the Grand National brings the country to a halt, developers in Harrogate are approaching their own finishing line - as they transform an historic yet derelict pub into a collection of 14 stylish apartments.
The end of this month (April) will signal the start of a new era for the landmark site of the former Little Wonder Hotel - a feature of the junction between Ripon Road and Skipton Road for more than a century - when the first buyers pick up their keys and move into their new homes.
The development is to be known as Epsom Court so that the historic sporting links of the pub one of two in the UK named after the racehorse which galloped home first at 50-1 in the 1840 Derby remain part of the community.
It is the latest Harrogate project undertaken by Yorkshire-based Ashtree Fine Developments, which acquired the empty building after the pub closed and attempts to revive it as a restaurant failed.
Just two of the two-bedroomed apartments remain for sale, with asking prices of £170,000 and £180,000 respectively.
David Waddington, Head of New Homes for the Harrogate selling agents Linley & Simpson, said: "Across the Harrogate and Ripon district, we are witnessing a resurgence of interest in new-build property as developers return to the market in increasing numbers. And Epsom Court is a good illustration as to why.
"Over and above its design and ultra-competitive asking prices, the development holds no shortage of appeal for homebuyers in particular its location within walking distance of the town centre."
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