Slice of soap history 'For Rent' as Brookside redevelopment allows fans to live in one of the TV houses for as little as £425-a-month
Soap opera fans have an incredibly rare opportunity to buy a plot of TV history as the iconic Brookside Close opens for offers after a luxury redevelopment.
The 13 properties that make up Brookside Close have been completely restored after years lying derelict and are now ready to be lived in.
So for £425pcm for a one-bedroomed maisonette - or £750pcm for a four bedroomed detached house - soap fans could rent the famous Corkhills family home at Number 10, although any new residents may want to check under the patio for anything unexpected.
The street in West Derby, the setting of the much-loved Channel 4 soap opera that ran from 1982–2003, has been empty since the programme was axed.
It was sold to an anonymous purchaser at auction in December 2008 having spent years lying vacant after the previous developer, who bought the set from Mersey Television in 2005, went into administration.
But after being treated to new brickwork, new timber, staircases, plumbing and wiring, new stories are about to be written into a piece of television history.
'This is an incredibly rare and unique opportunity,' said Carol Corran from Sutton Kersh Lettings.
'Brookside Close is one of the most well-known cul-de-sacs in the country.
'We are already receiving a high level of enquiries and expect to let the properties quickly so anyone genuinely interested in living there is advised to register their interest early to avoid disappointment.
'The houses have been finished to a high specification and provide good value given the space and history that exists with each one.'
Ria Font at Sutton Kersh West said: 'The developer has tried to retain the character of the original screen set as far as possible.
'All of the properties have large driveways and gardens. The properties feature stylish fitted kitchens and contemporary bathrooms.
'No expense was spared in finishing these properties to the highest possible standard.'
Brookside, the brainchild of Phil Redmond, was once one of the most popular soap operas on television, ranking alongside EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.
Its fictional residents were variously murdered, taken hostage and buried under the patio.
The show is recognised for some broadcasting firsts, with the first pre-watershed lesbian kiss on British television, as well as a storyline featuring a consensual incestuous sexual relationship between, as well as being the first British soap to feature an openly gay character.
However, viewing figures started to fall as its storylines became increasingly elaborate and eventually ended in 2003.
'People like the idea of living on a famous television set, Brookside was such a popular series and there are still many fans,' said Miss Font.