Four fixer-uppers on the market in Dublin in need of renovation
A choice of four properties which give you the opportunity to put your own stamp on.
21 Northumberland Ave
€845k Sherry FitzGerald Dun Laoghaire (01) 284 4422
Miss Sara West of 21 Northumberland Avenue was working in the establishment of Madame Drago, a Parisian hairdresser and wigmaker at Henry Street, when the building was put on fire in the 1916 Rising. Her former home in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin has been owned by the same family for over 50 years and a lot of the work has been done. It's 2,450 sq ft with two bedrooms and two reception rooms at entrance level. There's a two-bedroom apartment on the lower floor, where renovation is needed.
The Hatch, Grey’s Lane, Howth
€700k Property Team Lappin Estates (01) 883 5730; Savills North Dublin (01) 853 0630
The late architect and celebrated sailor Joe Kilkenny moved into The Hatch as a lodger in his youth. He was so taken with the place, that he went on to buy it in 1960, for the sum of £4,000. It's said to have been built in the late 19th century, and has period features including ornate fireplaces and a beautiful open-string staircase. It's 2,335 sq ft with three bedrooms (one en-suite), a living room, dining room, library and kitchen. It's next to the old Hill of Howth tramway and about 15 minutes walk from the village.
30 Ranelagh Rd, Ranelagh, D6
€700k Young’s Estate Agents (01) 497 5581
Restoring a run-down Georgian townhouse is not a task for the faint-hearted, but if you've got teams of architects and conservation experts, 30 Ranelagh Road might be a worthy prospect. It's a three-storey mid-terrace with four bedrooms on the upper two floors and a living room, kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor. If you want more space than the current 1,800 sq ft and are prepared to tangle with the planners (it's a protected structure), there may be scope to extend. The rear garden is 60ft long.
8 Cecil Avenue, Clontarf, D3
€345k DNG Fairview (01) 833 1802
Cecil Avenue popped up in the first decade of the 20th century. It's just off Charlemont Road and not much more than 200 metres as the vampire flies from Marino Crescent, where Bram Stoker was born. Number 8 is a red-brick terraced house in need of a complete overhaul, but many of its original features are intact. There are two reception rooms on the ground floor, with fireplaces, and a kitchen with a door to the garden. The first floor has two bedrooms and a bathroom, giving a total floor area of 807 sq ft.