Monday 27 February 2017

Small and perfectly formed in D8 for €315k

10 St John's Street, Blackpitts, Dublin 8 €315,000

Words by Katy McGuinness

10 St John's Street is a part of the city that is in demand these days with first-time buyers in search of properties of character
10 St John's Street is a part of the city that is in demand these days with first-time buyers in search of properties of character
Behind the classic red-brick façade at 10 St John's Street there is a roomy, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room

There is some debate about how the quiet, inner-city community known as Blackpitts got its name. Some historians say that the name derives from medieval times. In 1348 a lethal bubonic plague - The Black Death - hit Dublin, and victims of the disease were buried in mass graves in the area.

Others point to archaeological excavations that have found evidence of a leather tanning industry in these parts and suggest that the name might refer to the wood-lined tanning pits and elaborate ditch systems which stained the surrounding area dark.

Historically, tanning and brewing were the main industries in Blackpitts, linked to and influenced by both Quakers and Huguenots from the 17th Century on. From 1779, Samuel Madder operated the Blackpitts Porter Company, thought to have brewed Dublin's first porter, and later the City of Dublin Brewery was located on the corner of Fumbally and Blackpitts. Distilleries also flourished in the vicinity and indeed there has been a recent revival of these with the opening of the Teelings Distillery and visitor centre in Newmarket.

Blackpitts is a part of the city that is in demand these days with first-time buyers in search of properties of character within walking distance of the city centre. Proximity to The Coombe and the fact that you can be at St Stephen's Green in 15 minutes are major attractions.

No 10 St John's Street is a smart and cleverly extended two-bedroom end-of-terrace Victorian house with a stylish, contemporary interior. The fact that the hard work of restoration, refurbishment and decoration has already been done will appeal to the time-poor and those with no appetite for a 'project'.

Behind the classic red-brick façade there is a roomy, open-plan kitchen/dining/living room with a small yard and utility store plumbed for a washing machine and dryer. The sitting room has white laminate flooring and an open fireplace. The modern kitchen has solid wood floor units and high-gloss black wall units, Velux windows, and a free-standing five-ring gas cooker.

Upstairs there are two double bedrooms and a full size bathroom. The rear bedroom features a walk-in closet with two corner windows, while the larger bedroom to the front has built-in mirrored wardrobes. The smart bathroom is tiled in high-gloss mosaics and has a rainwater shower over the bath as well as a heated towel rail that will be appreciated on winter mornings.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 496 6066

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