Se­cret seafront Vic­to­rian needs at­ten­tion

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 1.8m

De­scrip­tion: A three bed pe­riod home with stand out sea views in need of com­plete mod­erni­sa­tion Agent: Sav­ills Idrone Ter­race is se­creted away be­hind Black­rock vil­lage’s main drag and com­prises 27 two-storey-over-base­ment sea-fac­ing houses with views over Dublin Bay to the front and se­cluded south-fac- ing gar­dens to the rear. The houses are in vary­ing con­di­tion; many have a self-con­tained flat at gar­den level.

Num­ber 6, which mea­sures 259sq m (2,796sq feet), is si­t­u­ated at the qui­eter end of the ter­race. Set over three floors, the ex­ecu­tor sale prop­erty isn’t quite in orig­i­nal con­di­tion but the i nteri or hasn’t been touched in years. This means its pe­riod fea­tures are all in­tact right down to the river stone paving to its front and rear. It re­tains its dec­o­ra­tive cor­nic­ing and ceil­ing roses, sash win­dows and work­ing shut­ters, soar­ing ceil­ing heights of 3.3m at hall and first floor lev­els with ceil­ing heights at gar­den level of about 2.3m.

The next owner will re­quire deep pock­ets to bring it up to 21st cen­tury ex­pec­ta­tions as the prop­erty needs heat­ing, plumb­ing, elec­tri­cal and in­su­la­tion up­grades. Throw in an ex­ten­sion, new kitchens and bath­rooms and the agent es­ti­mates a spend of up to ¤400,000.

At its long­est the gar­den stretches to 150m and there is ve­hic­u­lar rear ac­cess. Prospec­tive buy­ers will need to de­cide how they want to use the prop­erty’s grand­est room. Lo­cated at the top of the house, it runs the width of the prop­erty and has the best sea views. If used as a sit­tin­groom, there is scope for three to four fur­ther bed- rooms; two on the first floor and two more at gar­den level.

It feels nat­u­ral to keep the kitchen where it is – on the hall re­turn. This is some­thing neigh­bour Helen McAlin­den, fash­ion and life­style de­signer, has done very ef­fec­tively by adding a small ex­ten­sion to the rear. She uses the room at the top of the house as the main bed­room but has added a small sit­ting area to it. The rooms at gar­den level have been sub­di­vided into two “stu­dio” flats with bed­room ar­eas.

Num­ber 24 came to mar­ket ask­ing ¤1.25 mil­lion and has just sold for ¤1.625 mil­lion through Sav­ills. In 2011 num­ber 24 sold for ¤677,600.

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