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Sunday 20 October 2019

Fix it up: An unusual cottage in Rathmines, Dublin 6

The cottage at 61 York Road
The cottage at 61 York Road
The living room of 61 York Road
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? There's a bit of a mystery about this cottage. At the top of York Road where it meets the Rathmines Road in Dublin 6, it predates the later period redbricks on York Road and faces into York Road despite being on the corner. This suggests it might have once been a gate lodge to a long gone country house before Rathmines became fully developed in the late 19th Century.

Tell me more about the place...

Adjoining Murphy's Pub, it's been sold following the death of its owner who kept it clean and bright. It has a living room/dining room, a shower bathroom, a small kitchen and two bedrooms along with a tiny back yard. A railed corner area to the side includes off-street parking. It has its original chimney pieces.

The good news?

The living room of 61 York Road
The living room of 61 York Road

A beautiful little house in one of Rathmine's nicer spots. The location and size are perfect for those seeking an alternative trade down in the area. Z1 listed so renovation isn't restricted. It can take an extension to the side for a modern open-plan kitchen/diner. It has double glazing.

And the bad news?

No survey yet. While it looks solid, a buyer will want to check out the roof to be sure to be sure. Electrics, replastering, new bathroom, the lot.

How much to buy it?

The asking price is €450,000.

And to fix it up?

If the roof needs middling work, likely €80k to €100k.

What will I end up with?

A cracking cottage with character in one of Dublin's fastest improving villages.

Who do I talk to?

Clodagh Murphy of Quillsen (01) 4095050 will show you what's behind the green door (yes there is a piano!).

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