IF you do like to be beside the seaside then Ashton at 6 Martello Terrace might be the house for you. This one-time seaside holiday home from the Victorian era was in offices until recently. The owners have stripped out the partition to show viewers exactly what dimensions and spaces it has on offer.
These are substantial – with three floors over a basement, the original well-heeled owners likely shipped the household servants with them when they took the steam train out to Sandycove.
The house goes to auction on November 14 through Lisney (01-2806820) with a guide of €600,000. While that might seem low for a house that weighs in at five times the size of an average semi-detached, the restoration and reversion bill will be substantial – probably in excess of €400,000.
But the reason buyers are interested are the same reasons the Victorian developers put it here in the first place – exquisite, direct and uninterrupted sea views across to Sandycove point where Joyce's Martello Tower and Michael Scott's landmark Geragh, the landmark maritime-styled 1930's home that the ebullient architect claimed to have designed in a day.
The other option here would be to develop and convert this ultra-spacious landmark home into five luxurious sea-view apartments. With the DART nearby putting the city centre within an easy commute, this is one of several options being investigated by the viewers, who have been poling into Ashton these last two weeks.
The sale is likely to be a landmark one, which will help determine the price of many of Dublin's Victorian "villa" homes going forward. Will a private owner spend large for the seaside luxury the Victorian merchants enjoyed or will Ashton revert back to office space?