Flat out restoration in D7
The Kellys saw potential when they bought this pre-63 terrace in Phibsboro
The majority of people who've been through a major house renovation get shivers down their spine when they think back on the experience. The inevitable delays, endless decisions, mounting costs and complaining neighbours bring about so much stress that most swear they will never take on another property project again.
Thankfully for the Dublin market, there are a few brave people out there who are made of sterner stuff. They love the buzz of the build and enjoy spending hours on end on Houzz and Pinterest looking for inspiration.
Aidan and Elizabeth Kelly have recently been bitten by the restoration bug. Not quite at serial renovator status yet, 310 North Circular Road is their second venture into 'buying to flip'. The fact that Aidan is the managing director of Aidan Kelly Construction is a big help when it comes to taking a rundown house and turning it into something that will appeal to buyers in a short space of time. They buy, rebuild and move on.
Number 310 was in very poor condition when the couple bought it two years ago. It was pre-63 and in two separate units. The lower ground floor housed a kitchen that was one of the smallest kitchens the couple had ever seen. It felt crowded when there were two people in it. They saw the potential in the house and succeeded in creating something very special after a long project.
These houses on the North Circular Road in Phibsboro date back to 1763 when there was an Act calling for more convenient approaches to the city. They were bought up by the wealthy, which meant the road became a fashionable carriage promenade in the 1780s. It's not often that a house so close to the city comes with a large back garden, but they were built with a horse and carriage in mind, so even with an extension, Number 310 still has a 90ft garden.
The past has not been forgotten in this restoration with the house now being a nice mix of contemporary and period, with many features like the coving, glass panes and windows being restored. All work has been done to a very high standard, with no sign of quick fix solutions often evident when developers flip properties for a quick buck.
Elizabeth, who works as a nurse, threw herself into the interior design of the house. She sourced the light fittings online from National Lighting and from Bright Lights in Drumcondra. The floors are solid oak from Floor Design in Kylemore Park, Dublin and the house has a backdrop of Farrow and Ball's Pavilion Gray and Colourtrend's Thresher and Aged Vellum.
The 1,561 sq ft of accommodation is laid out over three floors. You enter into a living area with kitchen and dining room to the back. The living area has a wooden fireplace and a large window that looks out to St Peter's Church directly across the road. The kitchen is fully fitted and has a Belfast sink and integrated appliances. It overlooks a private patio area that the owners added as an extra recreational space for morning coffee which is accessed from the rear lower hall.
The lower ground floor has two bedrooms. One has double doors out to the front and the other overlooks the back garden. There is also a bathroom on this level and a living area that leads out to the garden.
Up on the first-floor return is a bathroom that has been designed with Italian tiles, heated towel rail and mirror lights. There is a bath with views out to the back garden and a free-standing power shower.
Up a few more stairs, there are two large double bedrooms. The front bedroom has period windows that overlook St Peter's Church, and the original floors and fireplace.
Outside, the garden has been very tastefully landscaped with paving, gravel and grass areas, with mature trees and shrubs providing some privacy from the neighbours. There are large, wooden double gates at the end of the garden for car access. Not that you'll need to use a car too much if working in the city centre. A walk to O'Connell Street would take about 20 minutes, or you could catch one of the many buses that go through Phibsboro. The newly opened Luas Cross City means that homeowners in Dublin 7 now have access to the tram that goes from Broombridge into town. The closest stop to the North Circular Road is a five-minute walk from the house.
There is little a new owner will have to do when they move into Number 310 apart from get their furniture in and unpack. All of the hard work has already been done by the Kellys.
The first two viewings of the house have been busy, according to agent Ronan Crinion of MoveHome, who says that the owners have worked very hard to get the house to this high standard. For interested parties, there is an open viewing on the house tomorrow from 2-2.30pm.
The house is for sale through MoveHome (01) 884 4690 with a guide price of €695,000.
310 North Circular Road
Phibsboro, Dublin 7
Asking price: €695,000
Agent: MoveHome Estate Agents, (01) 884 4690