Fix it up: Go nuclear in Churchtown
What is it? A bricked-up 1947 bungalow of 870 sq ft at 26 Whitehall Road, Churchtown, D14 was the home of the eminent and brilliant nuclear physicist Paddy Mackey who worked for many years with radiation at St Luke's Hospital to help treat cancer patients.
Tell me more about the place...
Built on the site of Churchtown House and next to the famous Bottle Tower, the house fell into disrepair due to Mackey's intense involvement with his life's work. The garden became overgrown and a tree fell on the house. After Mr Mackey became infirm and went into care, the council ordered it to be bricked up. Another nuclear scientist was commissioned to certify that the house was clear of radiation as Mr Mackey often brought his work home.
The good news?
The bones appear solid. It has three bedrooms, a reception, kitchen and bathroom, a garage and a simply enormous site of one sixth of one acre to provide a super extension and loads of garden space. The council, which bricked it up, will doubless be eager to grant permission to see the site cleaned up.
And the bad news?
The roof will need replacing, it will need a new kitchen, new bathroom, rewiring, new heating, replumbing, redecorating, windows and, to make it family sized, a good extension.
How much to buy it?
The agent is asking €500,000.
And to fix it up?
Around €125,000 will see it all done with the extension.
What will I end up with?
A top notch home of character near the Luas.
Who do I talk to?
Herlihy Estate Agents (01) 6796796 will break you inside.