Fix it up: A tired 1950s three-bed semi in Raheny, Dublin 5
What is it? 85 St Assams Avenue in Raheny was built in 1953 with three bedrooms, two receptions, a kitchen and bathroom, and a 70 ft rear garden.
Tell me more about the place...
It is in what some would call 'original' condition with few changes since its construction.
The good news?
These days 1950s fireplaces, front doors and even double garage doors are sought after features and this house has them all. While a survey is required, it would outwardly appear to be structurally sound. Situated a short distance from town, the seafront and St Anne's Park, the locational value is obvious. The garage offers two-storey extension potential and the site area is simply massive.
And the bad news?
It needs everything done. Rewiring, replumbing, re-skimming, kitchens, bathrooms, paint, and the BER is a chilly G. Note that 'Raheny heads' who were raised here are eager to get back into the estates they grew up in, so expect plenty of bidder competition. Where did the radiators go?
How much to buy it?
The agents are looking for €475k.
And to fix it up?
With two-storey and back end extensions, likely between €180k and 220k, depending on spec.
What will I end up with?
For a total outlay of around €650k you could have a huge four-bed family home and garden.
Who do I talk to?
Michelle Berg of Sherry FitzGerald at Sutton, (01) 8394022, will show you around.