Fix it up: A run-down ex-Corpo in D9
What is it? A 'pillar' house typical of the type that Dublin Corporation set at either side of the entrances to its housing estates built in the 1950s. This three-bed version is located at 2 O'Brien's Place off Joyce Road in Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
Tell me more about the place...
It needs reconfiguring inside, redecorating and extending. Because of its location on the turn, it has a tiny back yard and no rear garden but the front is larger than the others.
The good news?
The craftsmen who built for Dublin Corporation from the 1920s to the 1950s were outstanding. The original quality of build still shines through in a house that would still be standing if the bomb was dropped. Cracking timber floors!
And the bad news?
A severe dose of the 1970s: beauty-boarded living room, spiral carpets, primary coloured sanitary ware mixing blue and avocado in one set! The stairs has to move from behind the living room wall to run into the hall and the bathroom is downstairs, so bedroom space will be sacrificed. A single storey extension would be wise (subject to permission).
How much to buy it?
The vendor's agent wants €295,000.
And to fix it up?
Another €75,000 gets the job done, so €370,000 in total.
What will I end up with?
A solid family-sized home in up-and-coming central Dublin.
Who do I talk to?
Vincent Kelly at Kelly Bradshaw Dalton (01) 804 0500 will give you the tour.