Wednesday 21 August 2019

Fix it up: A jaded cottage with a huge garden near Wicklow's scenic villages

No 3 Moss Cottages
No 3 Moss Cottages
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? No3 Moss Cottages stands in a row of mill workers cottages constructed in 1900. On the Enniskerry Road in a part of Dublin 18 which is semi rural and scenic.

Tell me more about the place...

Still in its original layout with two bedrooms, a reception, a kitchen and a bathroom, the preliminary stripping out work has been started. The big bonus here is its 135 ft rear garden. You're near to the scenic village of Enniskerry, Powerscourt and within easy reach of the M50.

The good news?

You'd need a survey to be certain but the structure seems to be generally OK. Neighbours have obtained permissions for significant extensions, thus setting a precedent on planning. An L-shaped addition could take this up to a four-bed home with a living room, a large modern open plan kitchen and diner and living area and still leave a huge garden at the back.

And the bad news?

Everything needs doing in the original house including plastering, rewiring, replumbing, heating, a kitchen, bathrooms and then there's the extension to build. There's no front garden to speak of.

How much to buy it?

No 3 Moss Cottages
No 3 Moss Cottages

The agent is seeking €375,000.

And to fix it up?

A rough estimate suggests another €200,000 to spend here with the extension included.

What will I end up with?

A four-bed country home of character in Dublin for €570,000 that will proffer a huge garden for your children to play in.

Who do I talk to?

Lydia Casey of Sherry FitzGerald (01) 289 4386 will give you the field tour.

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