Wednesday 18 September 2019

Fix it up: A water-damaged Victorian in Phibsborough, D7

The front exterior of the 48 Connaught Street property in Phibsborough
The front exterior of the 48 Connaught Street property in Phibsborough
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Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? A Victorian red-brick, end of terrace at 48 Connaught Street, Phibsborough, D7 with three beds, two receptions, a dining room, a kitchen and bathroom. The garage has mews potential.

Tell me more about the place...

No48 is a good example of why you should get a leaky roof fixed. Long-time water ingress has damaged the ceilings upstairs, upper floors and roof beams, and structural issues have emerged.

The good news?

Exactly the house type and location for those seeking a prestigious period city-centric family abode. It could be extended at the rear. Additional income beckons from the rent/sale of a potential two-bed mews from the rear garage. Luas has arrived at Cabra. Grangegorman's new DIT will be one of Ireland's largest campuses.

And the bad news?

Needs a new roof, the sunken upper floors pulled out and the kitchen lean-to demolished. Rewiring, replumbing, the works. The external wall has been pinned but it is thought the walls are now okay. A specialist lot and not ideal for first time buyers.

How much to buy it?

The €425k tag has the builders sniffing.

And to fix it up?

A straight fix for €175k. A €250k splurge could get you the mews, an extension and the attic.

What will I end up with?

For under €700k all-in, a top 2,000 sq ft period home with a two-bed mews (subject to planning permission).

Who do I talk to?

Mark McKenzie of DNG, (01) 8300989, will walk the rolling floors with you.

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