12 Commercial Street, Lerwick, ZE1 0AN

Key Details

Reception Rooms:

1 or 2


2 or 3



Energy Efficiency:

E (42)

Council Tax:

Band C




Sittingroom, kitchen / dining area, three double bedrooms (or two double rooms and a second reception), three bath / shower rooms (two en-suite), utility room, hall & landing.


Exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a largely unspoilt, Grade 'C' listed, stone-built property with considerable period charm, in the historic lodberries area of Lerwick, a short walk from the small boat harbour and shopping etc. on Commercial Street. Situated on the shore side of the street the property is one of only a handful of properties enjoy the stunning views across the harbour to the island of Bressay to the east.

The property offers particularly bright accommodation (most rooms enjoy a dual aspect) arranged over three floors comprising a living room and en-suite double bedroom on the ground floor, a large open plan kitchen / dining area, shower room and utility room on the lower ground floor, plus a main bedroom, again en-suite, and sittingroom on the first floor. One of the two reception rooms could be used as a third double bedroom if required. Externally there is a small yard.

Oil-fired central heating.

The property retains a wealth of period features including some finely detailed cornices, working window shutters, lovely old floorboards, and fireplaces.

General Information

12 Commercial Street, a three storey stone-built property below a slate roof, is Grade 'C' listed and thought to date from c. 1678. It is set in the historic Lodberries area at the south end of Commercial Street within the Lerwick Conservation Area. It would have originally been a merchant's house with a lodberry (a natural landing place) to the shore hence why these houses are often now referred to as 'lodberries'.

The house, which benefits from central heating supplied by a 'Worcester Danesmoor' oil-fired boiler in a cupboard in the utility room (a wood / peat burner stove in the living room provides a cosy alternative heat source), is being sold with all carpets, blinds and light fittings included.


The front door to the property opens to a slightly elevated ground floor and a hall leading to a living room and en-suite double bedroom. Behind the original staircase to the first floor, a stair leads down to a large open kitchen / dining area which occupies most of the lower ground floor level and has a shower room and utility room off. The remaining accommodation on the upper (top) floor comprises a sittingroom (either this room or the living room could be used as a third bedroom if required) and a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom.

In detail the accommodation comprises:-

On the Middle (Upper Ground) Floor:-


Carpeted hallway with original paneled doors to a living room and double bedroom, staircase with original handrail and bannisters to the upper floor, coat hooks & radiator.

Living Room

(Approx. 4.3m x 3.3m) (14' x 10'9") This attractive room which retains the original varnished floorboards, has two windows, one looking directly out over the street, the other looking along the street, both fitted with Roman blinds, the window to the street having working window shutters and fitted cupboard space below. Heating is provided by a central heating radiator or the cast iron wood / peat burner stove set on a tiled hearth. Fitted shelving along the back wall provides extensive shelving / display space.

Bedroom 1

('L'-shaped room approx. 4.3m x 3.75m at widest points) (14' x 12'4") Carpeted double bedroom benefiting from windows to the front and rear, the window to the street having a Roman blind and fitted bookshelves below, the window to the rear enjoying the view over the rear yard across to Bressay, and again retaining working original shutters. Built-in cupboard / wardrobe with additional shelf space to one side, fitted carpet & radiator. Door to:-

En-suite Shower Room

(Approx. 2.35m x 0.85m) (7'8" x 2'10") Comprising a tiled shower enclosure with 'Mira' shower plus white WC & wash hand basin.

On the Top (First) Floor:-


The carpeted staircase from the hall leads up to a carpeted landing with a large window to the front of the house complete with Roman blind, and original paneled doors to two good-sized rooms.


(Approx. 4.35m x 3.35m) (14'3" x 11') Bright, well-proportioned, dual-aspect room currently used as the main sittingroom as it enjoys a fantastic view over the harbour area and across to Bressay, but it could alternatively be used as another bedroom. Both windows retain the original paneling and working shutters, and there is also a finely detailed cornice and fireplace although this is not presently used and the chimney is capped, in any case there are two central heating radiators. Shelved alcove & fitted carpet. The Georgian antique corner cabinet is included in the sale.

Bedroom 3

(Approx. 4.4m x 3.3m at widest points) (14'5" x 10'11") Used as the master bedroom with its own en-suite, this large double bedroom again has windows to the front and the rear, both with original paneling and shutters, the rear window again enjoying the fantastic view, and again an original cornice remains. Two large built-in cupboards with matching paneled doors provide plenty of clothes space, with a shelf between providing a high level display space. The floor retains the lovely old stained and varnished original boards which extend into the en-suite.

En-suite Bathroom

(Approx. 2.9m x 2m at widest points) (9'6" x 6'7") Comprising a white bath with tiled shower area with 'Mira' shower and glazed shower screen, plus white WC and contemporary style wash hand basin bowl set on a solid oak stand. A large built-in shelved airing cupboard provides plenty of space for linens etc. and also houses the hot water tank. Radiator.

On the Lower Ground Floor:-

Open Kitchen / Dining Area

(Approx. 7.1m x 3.9m at widest points) (23'4" x 12'10") The carpeted stair behind the main staircase in the hall leads down to a large kitchen / dining area on the lower ground floor, which has quarry tile flooring also extending into the shower room and utility room. The kitchen is fitted with custom made solid pine units with solid woodblock worktops comprising a sink area with double 'Belfast' sink with wooden worktop / drainers either side, one of the cupboards below providing space for a freestanding dishwasher which is available by separate negotiation, plus a further run of units either side of a gas cooker (appliance available separately) with attractively tiled splashbacks and stainless steel cooker hood over, plus a further dresser style arrangement opposite. There is space under the stairs for a fridge etc. (appliance not included). The kitchen area leads through to a living / dining area with plenty of space for a table & chairs and windows to the side and rear plus an external door from where steps lead up to street level. A second door opens to the rear yard. Recessed ceiling spotlighting to the kitchen, & three radiators.

A door from the kitchen leads to a lobby with space for coats etc. and doors to the shower room & utility room.

Shower Room

('L'-shaped space approx. 2.55m x 1.75m at widest points) (8'4" x 5'8") Part 'v'-lined shower room with tiled shower enclosure and white WC & wash hand basin. Radiator.

Utility Room

(Approx. 2.4m x 2.1m) (7'10" x 7') Handy utility area with space with space for a washing machine and tumble dryer (appliances not included), & radiator.

The drainage from the property is currently direct to the sea however it is a condition of the present SEPA consent that a mains sewer connection will be provided by January 2019.


Included with the property is the yard area to the rear which lies between the house and the shed by the shore which is owned by a neighbor with access rights across the yard. The yard can either be accessed from the kitchen or via the lane to the east side of the house. On the other side of the house are steps from the street down to the door to the dining area. From here it is possible to access (on an unofficial basis) the boating club pier in the summer months.

Council Tax

Understood to currently be Band C. Prospective purchasers should however contact Shetland Islands Council directly for confirmation. Details of Council Tax rates can be found on the Shetland Islands Council website.

Energy Performance

Energy Efficiency Rating: E (42)

Property Location

The property is situated in the Lerwick Conservation Area in the southernmost section of Commercial Street which runs from the bottom of Church Road southwards towards Twageos Road. It is situated on the shore side of the street, a short distance from the Church Road junction, on the left just past the Queen's Hotel, Bain's Beach and the boating club (approaching from the Church Road end).

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