What is it? Believed to have been constructed circa 1900, St Fintan's Villas is a loop of well-settled leafiness that sweeps in from, and back out again to, Co Dublin's Deansgrange Road.
Tell me more about the place...
The house has been stripped out. It has two bedrooms upstairs, a living room, kitchen/diner and a WC downstairs.
The good news?
Side access and a humdinger of an overgrown rear garden (circa a fifth of an acre) with planning precedents both for doubling its size on two floors at the back to building additional homes in the rear gardens. This one would fit two new homes using the side area for access.
A doubled up and restored version on the main road recently went for close to €800k.
And the bad news?
The house needs everything doing and you'll be fighting off bids from small builders who will likely drool at these prospects. The expectation that the site has some development potential will likely impact the price.
How much to buy it?
The agents want €395,000.
And to fix it up?
To extend it by the same again and restore what's already here, another €300,000 perhaps. But remember that site out back? You could sell it with permission at a later stage a recoup a lot of that spend. Or develop the homes yourself.
What will I end up with?
The best of the old and modern world in mature South County Dublin. Perhaps three houses.
Who do I talk to?
Miriam Mulligan of Sherry FitzGerald
(01) 2844422 will let you off down the garden.