FORMER Grand National-winning jockey Willie Robinson sold his home yesterday on a day when four auction houses sold for a combined €2.7m.
Mr Robinson rode the Aintree Grand National winner Team Spirit in 1964 and the Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Mill House in 1963 as well as a number of other top National Hunt and flat winners.
His home, Deerpark House, Calverstown, Co Kildare, had the attractions of a cut-stone stable yard and equestrian facilities on 35 acres near the Curragh racecourse.
At the auction, three bidders chased it from €600,000 to €745,000 at which point it was withdrawn. The joint auctioneers, Goffs Country and McDonald Brothers, sold it afterwards to a Carlow man for a higher figure in the region of its €750,000 to €800,00 guide price.
In Dublin, two houses sold under the hammer, another sold shortly afterwards, and a fourth failed to sell.
The top price yesterday was the €995,000 achieved for a four-bedroom bungalow known as Ferndale, at Avoca Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin. This achieved €45,000 over its guide price.
While the detached house needs refurbishment, auctioneer Daphne Kaye said that five parties competed in the bidding for the house and half-acre site on this sought-after avenue.
A nearby property at 40 Mount Merrion Avenue sold after auction for an undisclosed price. The auctioneers, Lisney, had been guiding €950,000 prior to the auction for the period-style semi with large garden to the rear and driveway to the front. While it failed to attract a bid at auction, it was sold afterwards.
In Drumcondra, Dublin 9, a three-bedroom, 72sqm 'doer-upper' terraced house, at 21 Ferguson Road, sold under the hammer for €93,000.
This was below the €100,000 guide price quoted by Lisney.
A country house, in north Co Dublin, failed to attract a bid. Highgrove House, Oldtown -- an extensively refurbished period house on 1.4 acres with its own stable yard -- had almost been sold in 2007 for €1.5m but the deal collapsed. When the seven-bedroom property was auctioned yesterday, Lisney had been guiding €600,000.
Although it did not sell, the auctioneers are now optimistic that a private treaty sale for about €595,000 will take place. "We believe that some of the interested people will find it easier to buy when they get a mortgage from their bank," said Darren Chambers of Lisney.