Fix it up: A 1930s four-bedroom house in Howth, Co Dublin
What is it? Constructed in 1934, No 61 Howth Road is clean inside but the decor suggests that it was last decorated throughout in the early eighties.
Tell me more about the place...
This house has four bedrooms, two receptions, a large kitchen/breakfast room and a garage to the side. Most unusually it has a 220 ft long rear garden that runs down to the railway line and the sea. But it's a job for someone with wealth.
The good news?
The sea views, which include Ireland's Eye, are so good that some of those viewing it suggested moving the living accommodation upstairs to take advantage. It's a fine big house as it stands and there's even more room to extend. An additional reception and bedroom overhead is suggested along with a modern kitchen/living extension to open up the rear and the views. The windows are UPVc double glazed and are in good shape.
And the bad news?
A surveyor's report is required to be certain what's needed, but what's apparent on the surface is that you'll want rewiring, replumbing, a good insulation regime, new bathrooms, kitchen and the cost of extending to the back and sides. One bedroom has signs of damp.
How much to buy it?
The asking price is €695,000.
And to fix it up?
For the above including extensions, €250,000.
What will I end up with?
For €945,000, a five-bed luxury period home in Howth with unbelievable sea views.
Who do I talk to?
Wayne O'Brien of DNG (01) 833 1802 will get you into the seaside picture.