Saturday 20 April 2019

Bidding war likely after 'keen' interest in Bertie's former base

St Luke's Druncomdra
St Luke's Druncomdra
Bertie Ahern
St Lukes' reception rooms (Photo: Lisney)
St Lukes has an overall area of 178sqm (Photo: Lisney)

Sam Griffin

A bidding war could be in the offing for the St Luke's property that once served as former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's constituency base.

Five potential buyers with a "genuine interest" have so far viewed the house, with three said to be "keen".

The premises, located at 161 Drumcondra Road in Mr Ahern's north Dublin heartland, is on offer for €595,000 after going on the market the week before last.

The 1,900 sq ft property boasts off-street car parking and a private garden to the rear, as well as a kitchen area, bathrooms and cloakroom. It is being sold by real estate agents Lisney.

The company's divisional director Darren Chambers said the property was an attractive option, even without its salubrious past.

"After the first 24 hours of excitement, it very quickly becomes another property. There's been good interest in it," he told the Irish Independent.

"The property in its own right is a high-profile property. Geographically it's a very distinctive property at the junction of Botanic Avenue and you can't really miss it.

"We've been very pleased with the response and the good interest in it."

Viewings are by appointment only and Mr Chambers said all those who had inspected the house so far had been "genuinely interested" in buying, "as opposed to just looking at it for curiosity sake".

"Since it's gone on the market, we've shown it to five people who were all genuinely considering it. We're showing it by appointment and of those five already, certainly three have expressed a keen interest.

"We've enquiries going in continually on it so there will be more.

"From the people who have seen it, they have been looking at it from an office point of view but the zoning on it is part of the attraction. It would permit a lot of uses across residential to commercial."

The building was bought by a trust of Mr Ahern's closest associates in January 1988 for IR£56,000.

It was turned into a constituency office, with an apartment overhead where Mr Ahern occasionally lived.

It was handed over to Fianna Fáil in 2012.

Irish Independent

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