A YORK family has purchased the city's first £1 million penthouse as only one apartment remains unsold at the newly re-developed Bonding Warehouse.

The historic Grade II listed building which sits on the banks of the River Ouse, next to Skeldergate Bridge, has been subject to a multi million pound rebirth project at the hands of developer Grantside.

As well as creating 11,700 sq ft of new office units on the ground and first floors, four luxury apartments were built with private lifts and a private bridge for when the river floods.

While two of the apartments have been sold subject to contract, the first to be snapped up was York's first £1 million penthouse, which was sold off-plan in June to a local unnamed family, who now occupy the pad.

For the £1 million price tag the family now owns the 2,232 sq ft duplex apartment, with three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms, a study, a TV room and a riverside balcony.

There is hardwood and ceramic tiled floors in all living areas and bathrooms, and carpeted bedrooms all of which are equipped with underfloor heating, while the kitchen boast hand crafted cabinets and Miele appliances throughout, including wine coolers, steam ovens and built-in coffee makers.

The last remaining duplex apartment is being marketed at £895,000, with 2,000 sq ft covering the upper two floors of the Victorian building, boasting three bedrooms.

Agents say following the launch of the apartments in March, hundreds of enquiries came from across the UK.

Steve Davis of Grantside said: “The Bonding Warehouse is an iconic landmark building. Its position is a complete one-off, and we were determined to create four really special homes that made the most of the amazing location.

"The fact that only one apartment remains on the market is a testament to the exclusivity of this development, and also to the special affection that people hold for historic buildings.”

Agent Toby Cockcroft, of Croft Residential added: "With only Apartment One still available we are seeing heightened interest from potential buyers.

“The Bonding Warehouse apartments have attracted several hundred enquiries, a number of offers, and we are expecting more bids for the final apartment over the next few weeks."

The Bonding Warehouse was built in 1875 and was most recently used as a bar and restaurant, but it closed after being severely damaged in the floods of 2000 and has never re-opened. It was seen as a possible venue for a digital media and arts centre in York, but plans were abandoned.