Life Home & Garden

Wednesday 18 September 2019

Fix it up: A period workman's cottage in Baldoyle D13

The workman's cottage in Baldoyle
The workman's cottage in Baldoyle

What is it? A smart 100 plus year old labourer's cottage at 3 College Street in Baldoyle that needs some TLC.

Tell me more about the place...

This is an executor sale. While the house has been well kept, it is dated and will need a complete overhaul. There are three bedrooms (one in the attic), a bathroom, sitting room, kitchen/dining and a shower room.

The good news?

A new boiler and fuseboard, a heating system, lovely period fireplace in the main reception along with a decent timber floor. The previous owner managed to extend into the attic. It has a 30-foot west-facing garden. The roof appears sound with no outward signs of damp or ingress.

And the bad news?

Old aluminium windows, an unorthodox layout configuration, dodgy 1970s ceiling tiles; needs a new kitchen and bathroom plus replastering. The garden's a mess. Planners are unlikely to permit further extension. BER G, so insulation needed.

How much to buy it?

The asking price is €275,000.

And to fix it up?

Surveyors have been through and say €65k upwards. We think €100k for a top notch job.

What will I end up with?

For circa €375k, a well located and spruced up period cottage of real character and a good BER rating, which absolutely beats the pants off a bland new semi in the sticks for a FTB.

Who do I talk to?

Guy Doherty of Sherry Fitzgerald (01) 839 4022 will turn on the heating for you.


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