House fetches €1.8m in record price for 2013
A property sold for €1.8m or €300,000 over its guide price – the highest for a Dublin house at auction so far this year.
No 1 Leeson Park, near Ranelagh, is in walk-in condition as it has been substantially upgraded from the days when it was a college for training ships' radio engineers.
In 2005, at the height of the boom, it was converted from eight flats into a stylish family home.
The purchaser was undaunted at the prospect of paying property tax of €1,900 this year or €3,800 in a full year along with stamp duty of €26,000.
But then again, they could have paid about €250,000 in stamp duty on a similar house during the boom.
Similar houses in Leeson Park could have sold for around €3.5m at one point – so the stamp duty would have been significantly more.
Now its new owner will enjoy a 370sq m (3,980sq ft) home, which retains traditional period features while also being equipped with luxury features such as underfloor heating and three en suites among five bedrooms.
Tree-lined Leeson Park is well known for its mixture of upmarket period homes, embassies, offices and some apartments as well as being close to Fitzwilliam Tennis Club.
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