Wednesday 16 October 2019

Fix it up: A tired 1930s semi in Blackrock, Co Dublin

The three-bed semi in Blackrock
The three-bed semi in Blackrock
The property is in need of a new kitchen/diner
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? St Gerard's is a 1930s-built three-bed semi at 30 Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Tell me more about the place...

This executor sale property is clean as a pin but needs to be beamed into the 21st century.

The good news?

For a house its age, it really does have almost all its original 1930s detailing intact. The kitchen still has its cupboards and a range recess, the stained glass is there in the original front door and window portal. The chimney pieces, which have been changed in many of these homes, are here and today considered quite cool. Are those the original garage doors? Near the sea and homes on this road go up to €2m. St Gerard is the patron saint of pregnancy believe it or not.

And the bad news?

It needs a modern kitchen-diner extension, some reconfiguration, rewiring, replumbing, new windows, bathrooms, a kitchen and no survey has been done yet. The driveway is shared. The BER is off a cliff so it will need insulating.

How much to buy it?

St Gerard's has just been reduced to €625k.

And to fix it up?

Much depends on what a survey reveals, but assuming there are no surprises, a spend of €180,000 to €200,000 should get it there.

What will I end up with?

Renovated pre-war homes are very trendy. This one has heart and character and is beside Blackrock village and the seaside.

Who do I talk to?

Miriam Mulligan at Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2844422 has been charged with getting this family home to the next family.

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