Fix it up: Stirling Park Mews, Dublin 6
What is it? The Mews is tucked away off Stirling Park on Orwell Road in Rathgar, D6, and was originally the gate lodge to one of the big houses in the area. The owner understands that the property dates from around 1890.
Tell me more about the place...
The two-bedroomed single-storey cottage has approximately 1076 sq ft of living space, made up of an open-plan living/dining room with one corner partitioned off to form a kitchen, and two double bedrooms. One of the bedrooms is en-suite, and there is a second bathroom and a utility room. The Mews is semi-detached (it's attached to the former stables, now also a private residence) and is in need of modernisation, but is already rather charming and could make an attractive home for someone down-sizing from a larger house in the area, or for a first-time buyer.
The good news?
It is located in a great area, within walking distance of the Luas stop at Windy Arbour. Local sports facilities include Milltown Golf Club, and the villages of Rathgar, Terenure, Churchtown and Dundrum are all convenient. The setting is undoubtedly picturesque. There doesn't appear to be anything structurally amiss (although prospective purchasers will need to get a survey done to check out the condition of the roof and whether there is any damp in the walls) and the fact that it is a single-storey building makes all aspects of a renovation more straightforward. The estate agents reckon that, fully refurbished, The Mews could be rented out for between €2,500 and €3,000 per month.
And the bad news?
There is a courtyard to the side of the house and a small garden to the front, but neither is particularly private. The G BER means that there's plenty to be done in terms of upgrading the energy efficiency of the house, bringing the electrics and plumbing up to scratch, and putting in a new kitchen and bathrooms, as well as a comprehensive decorative upgrade. How much to buy it? The agent is asking €595,000.
And to fix it up?
The architect we consulted reckoned that a budget of €180,000 should cover the work that's needed to bring it to a good standard, and that with luck the refurbishment could come in below this figure.
Who do I talk to?
Deirdre Hegarty at Sherry Fitzgerald in Ranelagh (01) 4969909.