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Fix it up: Four-bed period house at Drumcondra, Dublin 9

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147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

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147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

What is it?

The house at 147 Clonliffe Road in Drumcondra, was originally owned by one Alderman Maurice Butterly, along with a 21-acre field at the back. His huge garden, originally known as Butterly's Field, was later used for GAA matches. Butterly's Field was eventually acquired by the GAA and renamed Croke Park.

Tell me more about the place...

One of just two homes of its type in the area, the 1,615 sq ft house has four reception rooms, a kitchen and four bedrooms. It has been owned by the same family for almost 70 years.

The good news?

This house is brimful of original period features such as living room chimney pieces and has been kept clean through the years. It seems reasonably solid all round with no outward signs of damp or other issues. However, a survey has yet to be conducted. A sought-after central address with plenty of interesting history to talk about.

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147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

147 Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra

And the bad news?

A later extension at the back (a living room, bathroom and kitchen) is laid out archaically and a new owner will likely demolish it to make way for a modern kitchen and diner. Rewiring, replumb, new kitchen, bathrooms and possibly windows. Croker, its former back garden, is obviously close with its matchday crowds.

How much to buy it?

The agents want €475,000.

And to fix it up?

Without surprises, you're looking at circa €150k.

What will I end up with?

A large home with pedigree in a central location.

Who do I talk to?

Lyndsay Byrne of KBD (01) 804 1500 will help you discover if this one's a big match.

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