Tuesday 22 October 2019

Fix it up: A rare 18th-century coach house in Rathmines for €420,000

16 Castlewood Terrace
16 Castlewood Terrace
The interior of 16 Castlewood Terrace
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

What is it? No 16 Castlewood Terrace is a real rarity, a proper 18th century coach house located between Rathmines and Ranelagh villages in Dublin 6. This home would have been built when the area was still rural.

Tell me more about the place...

The owners have found newspapers in crevices which predate the French Revolution. However before we lose our heads, this elegant lady is in need of some expensive re-upholstering. A decidedly saggy roofline indicates that it, along with pretty much everything else, will need replacing. Currently a living room, kitchen, bathroom and one large double room upstairs.

The good news?

The interior of 16 Castlewood Terrace
The interior of 16 Castlewood Terrace

The walls seem sound. The big renovation job required shouldn't prove difficult given its dimensions. It's completely adorable and the location is wonderful.

And the bad news?

It needs stripping right back to the shell and a two storey extension installed right where the single store kitchen lean-to is today.

How much to buy it?

The owners are looking for €420k.

And to fix it up?

You'll likely need €250,000 for a good job.

What will I end up with?

With planners on board, for €670k, a wholly revitalised period three-bed home and a perfect option for disenfranchised D6 big house down-traders who want to stay in the area but can't find anything suitable.

Who do I talk to?

Simon Madigan at Youngs (01) 4975581 will give you the grand tour.

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