Secret seafront Victorian needs attention
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.