Monday 16 September 2019

Fix it up: A 1960-built semi in Churchtown, Dublin 14

The Churchtown property
The Churchtown property
The kitchen area
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? The semi-detached house at 14 Braemor Avenue was completed in 1960 and includes an old fashioned double door garage from the days when car ownership had just become common for city families. There are three bedrooms, two receptions and a kitchen extension.

Tell me more about the place...

An executor sale, it has no signs of damp or any obvious problems. But the decor is completely outdated and harks from the 1970s/1980s.

The good news?

The kitchen area
The kitchen area

There's plenty of room to extend this house, both over the garage, to make it a four-bed and out back to provide a modern kitchen/diner/living space. It's a great location near Dundrum and the Luas and many of the city's best schools. Locals who grew up here are always eager to get back into the area.

And the bad news?

It needs a complete overhaul, extension, new kitchen, bathroom and a reconfiguration downstairs. Rewiring may be required and replumbing. You'll need to strip it out. Finally, there's a BER G rating, so insulation please.

How much to buy it?

The agents are looking for €575,000.

And to fix it up?

A complete revamp with a kitchen extension has you looking at €100,000, or with the overhead additional bedroom, likely €160,000, though a survey will be required to firm that up.

What will I end up with?

A well located extended four-bed for €735k.

Who do I talk to?

Florence at Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2961822 will take you through these Braemor rooms.

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