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Friday 18 October 2019

Fix it up: A cottage in need of work for the price of a brand new SUV

The property in Ballylynan
The property in Ballylynan
'The stripping is done so there's nothing to hide'
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? A single storey period home in Co Laois for the price of a brand new Volvo XC90 SUV. Located at Castle, near Ballylynan, and just over the Kildare border, it was vacant for almost two decades and has recently been stripped out for restoration. The owner's attention has been taken by another project and so it's for sale.

Tell me more about the place...

While the selling agent believes it dates from the 1940s, the house has flourishes in brick and slate characteristic of the earlier Edwardian era. Hall, lounge, kitchen, bathroom, two bedrooms.

The good news?

'The stripping is done so there's nothing to hide'
'The stripping is done so there's nothing to hide'

The stripping is done so there's nothing to hide. New windows and a front door have been installed and permission obtained for a septic tank. The roof is thought to be okay though a survey will be required to make certain. It has two-fifths of an acre with its own well.

And the bad news?

You'll need new concrete floors, central heating, rewiring, replumb, a new bathroom, new kitchen, skimming and a good extension to make a decent three-bedroom family home.

How much to buy it?

The asking price is €85,000.

And to fix it up?

Close to €100,000 should sort the whole lot.

What will I end up with?

For under €200k, a period home of character within reach of Kilkenny, Carlow and Laois, and a short drive from the train to Dublin at Athy.

Who do I talk to?

Michael Connaughton of Connaughton Auctioneers, (059) 8632815, has the keys.

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