Saturday 18 November 2017

Singer's home for auction

Roger Whittaker's Galway home is among 155 properties, being auctioned by Allsop Space, writes Donal Buckley

The front of The Old Convent
The front of The Old Convent

Whistling singer Roger Whittaker's house in Co Galway is one of the more attractive houses among the 155 that are to go under the hammer at the next Allsop Space auction on March 1.

Whittaker has opted for an auction almost two years since he first put the Eyrecourt house on the market and the guide price has been slashed from his original €1.15m asking price to €275,000.

Best known for his 1960s hits 'New World in the Morning' and 'Durham Town', the Kenyan-born artist has sold more than seven million records and moved to Ireland in 2000.

He bought The Old Convent in Eyrecourt's square in 2006 and invested substantially more than €1.2m on improving it and another building on the two acre grounds.

Now benefiting from a period style, the main house, comes with four reception rooms and a conservatory at ground level, a kitchen and dining room at basement level and three en suite bedrooms at first floor level.

A former school building on the grounds has also been refurbished to accommodate a two-bedroom apartment, a recording studio, a gym and an office.

Other buildings include a large four-port garage and other stores with a wine cellar, as well as a tennis court and spacious children's play area. Now aged 76, Whittaker and his wife Natalie are moving to France as the warmer climate is easier on Natalie's arthritis.

With as many as 155 properties this will be Allsop Space's largest auction in two years and they will have a combined reserve of €15.4m and will include 73 houses, 27 apartments, two apartment blocks, 24 retail units, seven pubs, two hotels and other commercial properties.

Of the 105 residential properties 25 of them are in Dublin. One of them is a Georgian building in good condition, 20 Herbert Street, off Baggot Street, which has a €560,000 guide price.

Located near the Pepper Canister Church, the 344sqm building had been in offices but its refurbishment work would make it easy for a family to convert it to a home.

A two-bedroom apartment, 11 St Stephen's, Leeson Lane, Dublin 2, near the corner of Stephen's Green and Leeson Street, has a €190,000 guide price.

This 74sqm unit is generating a rental income of €15,600 a year.

Three houses are for sale at the lowest prices of €15,000 and they include properties in Charleville, Co Cork, Athlone, Co Westmeath, and Cranmore, Co Sligo.

In Dublin, nine of the properties are houses, which range in price from €50,000 for 52 Westwood Road, Finglas, up to €150,000 for Beechbrook Lodge, Kilteel Road, Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

With the ban on bedsits introduced this month, property watchers will keep an eye on three of these, the most pricey of them being 71 Blessington Street, Dublin 7, which is in seven units and is guiding €190,000.

In Co Leitrim a complex with four townhouses and six flats is guiding €250,000. Located at Inis Temple, Kinlough, five of these properties are occupied and generating €25,000 a year in rent.

Two Co Clare hotels will feature including the 41-bedroom Kilkee Bay Hotel in Kilkee, which has a €315,000 guide and the 37-bedroom Ashford Court boutique hotel, Old Mill Road, Ennis with a €215,000 guide.

In Clifden, Co Galway, Humpty's Bar on Market St, comes with a night club, takeaway and eight apartments and generating a rent of €41,600 from the public house and nightclub. While the flats are vacant its guide price is €450,000.

Irish Independent

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