Tuesday 19 March 2019

Fix it up: A three-bedroom Cabra home with an asking price of €370,000

1 Baggot Road in Cabra
1 Baggot Road in Cabra
The interior of 1 Baggot Road in Cabra
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? Back in the 1930s and 1940s Dublin Corporation played a stormer when it provided homes for almost 20,000 slum dwellers in just 10 years. In the 1970s and 1980s, it sold off many of these homes for a pittance to their tenants. This is one of the original 'Corpos'.

Tell me more about the place...

The D7 house is in good condition, although tired. Many of the original features, now prized but often lost, are still intact here. There's three bedrooms, an upstairs bathroom, two downstairs receptions, a reasonably good lean-to kitchen and a lean-to aluminium-framed greenhouse/conservatory.

The good news?

The interior of 1 Baggot Road in Cabra
The interior of 1 Baggot Road in Cabra

The old Corporation built rock-solid homes using the very best trained joiners, plasterers and craftsmen. This property needs modernising and a new owner might want to knock the dining room into the kitchen and extend a little into the garden to get that extra large kitchen living space.

And the bad news?

The arrival of Luas and Grangegorman college has caused prices to surge in D7 generally.

How much to buy it?

The asking price is €370,000.

And to fix it up?

With the extension, reconfiguration, new bathroom, new kitchen, redecoration and an attic conversion, it looks like €85,000.

What will I end up with?

For €455,000, a sizeable family home in one of the most central Dublin locations you can get.

Who do I talk to?

Mark MacKenzie of DNG, (01) 8300989, will tune you in on former Corporation Street.

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