Tuesday 17 September 2019

Fix it up: A tired terrace in Dublin's Clontarf suburb

The Hollybrook Grove property
The Hollybrook Grove property
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? A 1930s-built three-bed terrace with covered side access has been placed on the market at 44 Hollybrook Grove in Clontarf in Dublin 3.

Tell me more about the place...

This is an executor sale. The house has two double bedrooms and a single bedroom, a family bathroom, two interlinking downstairs receptions and a small kitchen. There's a block -build shed at the end of the garden.

The good news?

The house is in original layout and includes a 1930s fireplace in one room and much of the original joinery. Homes were built well in those days. The location is cracking - two minutes from the sea front, the Dart and a range of shops, restaurants and pubs. It's a good size at just under 1,000 sq ft. The windows were recently installed and it has been part rewired.

And the bad news?

The kitchen is small so modernising requires breaking this into another room and building an extension out back for a new kitchen/diner. The bathroom is fine but a buyer would likely replace it. Insulation. The elaborate carpets are quite something; but given the zest for retro, some might actually consider them edgy and cool.

How much to buy it?

The estate agents are looking for €525,000.

And to fix it up?

With a simple extension, thereabouts €100,000.

What will I end up with?

For €625k, a 1,300 sq ft home in a pricey suburb where the equivalent goes for €650k to €1m.

Who do I talk to?

Lindsay Byrne over at Kelly Bradshaw Dalton (01) 8040500 will help you decide by the seaside.

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