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Fix it up: A landmark lodge on Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9

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Marino Gate Lodge

Marino Gate Lodge

Marino Gate Lodge

What is it? Marino Gate Lodge was constructed in 1900 after the Christian Brothers took over the 400-acre Charlemount Estate in the 1890s. They then provided land for the building of the Marino Housing Estate. Today it's part of the Marino Institute. It's technical address is 58 Griffith Avenue although it isn't on the avenue proper.

Tell me more about the place...

Originally the gatekeeper's lodge, it has been lived in by the same family since its construction. In the 1980s, the entrance to the institute was moved, leaving the lodge sitting on its own quarter acre site.

The good news?

Although a landmark building, it's not protected (the gates and rails are). The garage could be knocked to create an entrance for a new home constructed in its garden. The latter is 105 ft long and 85 ft wide. And at 1,240sq ft the lodge isn't small either. Lovely period features inside.

And the bad news?

Needs everything doing - rewiring and replumbing, roof looked at, damp sorted and an extension added to provided a modern living and dining area and more bedrooms.

How much to buy it?

The agents want €525,000.

And to fix it up?

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A spend of €300,000 would provide a huge extension, and sort out the existing house.

What will I end up with?

For €835,000 a really large and attractive landmark period home, a big garden and a wonderful address.

Who do I talk to?

Declan Cassidy of Quillsen (01) 833 5844.


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