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Saturday 16 November 2019

Fix it up: Lawnview, Church Hill, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

The interior of the Lawnview property

What is it? A pretty two/three-bedroom mid-terrace village house with 1,113 sq ft of living space in the heart of picturesque Enniskerry. The shops, pub and bus service are on the doorstep; downsizers could throw away the car keys and use their bus passes to get around for free.

Tell me more about the place...

The double-fronted house is on Church Hill, and has a history of established commercial use as it was once the village bookshop and gallery. It retains a host of original period features including cast iron fireplaces, sash windows, dado rails, ceiling coving and solid pine doors. There's a steep, south-west facing garden to the rear, with plenty of room to extend out from the first floor where there is an existing terrace.

The good news?

The house has lots of potential and there is precedent with neighbouring properties for modern extensions to the rear.

And the bad news?

There's evidence of damp - this needs to be investigated and dealt with.

How much to buy it?

The asking price is €395,000.

And to fix it up?

€50/60,000 would be needed to make the house comfortable, but you'd be looking at well into six figures if you want to extend.

What will I end up with?

Modernised and restored, you could expect to get in the region of €500,000 if you didn't extend, and €650,000 plus if you did.

Who do I talk to?

Darren O'Neill at Sherry Fitzgerald Bray on (01) 2866630. The house is on view tomorrow from 10-10.30 am.

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