Ex­ten­sion wait­ing to hap­pen

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market -

De­scrip­tion: Two-bed­room ter­raced red­brick with 10m-long back gar­den. Agent: DNG View­ers of 74 Lom­bard Street West in Dublin 8 (see left) will prob­a­bly trip along while in the neigh­bour­hood to nearby 17 Ovoca Road for a look. It is less ex­pen­sive, ask­ing ¤615,000 (from the same agent, DNG), and it’s the same type of prop­erty: a Vic­to­rian, sin­gle-storey to the front red­brick, in a ter­race, with orig­i­nal fea­tures and good-sized rooms.

It’s slightly smaller at 85sq m, but there are two key dif­fer­ences that will im­me­di­ately strike house­hunters: the gar­den – about 10m long, un­usual in these roads where many houses have just small yards – and the con­sid­er­able mod­erni­sa­tion work that needs to be done. The gar­den is the key to the po­ten­tial in this house: it will give scope, sub­ject to the usual plan­ning re­quire­ments, to cre­ate a modern eat-in kitchen and ex­tended liv­ing area and pos­si­bly an ad­di­tional bed­room or two.

Num­ber 17 Ovoca Road faces down Carlisle Street so it has a pleas­ant, open as­pect to the front. Cur­rently va­cant and be­ing shown un­fur­nished, it has been a rental for some years.

The lay­out isn’t too far from the orig­i­nal: two small dou­ble bed­rooms and a bath­room up­stairs, one fine re­cep­tion room off the hall to the front with pe­riod fea- tures and pro­por­tions, and an­other room to the rear open­ing into the kitchen. There is also a small util­ity room.

There are built-in cup­boards, wardrobes and shelves in var­i­ous rooms, but that hardly mat­ters as they will likely go in the ren­o­va­tion.

More spa­cious

The houses that line these streets were built in lots by dif­fer­ent builders at dif­fer­ent times and be­cause of this, even the villa style ones which ap­pear sim­i­lar tend to be quite dif­fer­ent. Be­cause of the pro­por­tions of num­ber 17’s two re­cep­tion rooms and hall, this house feels more spa­cious than its size sug­gests.

There is pedes­trian ac­cess to the rear which will help with the ren­o­va­tions which new own­ers will most likely em­bark on be­fore ever mov­ing in. The Ber is F – a low grad­ing that will cer­tainly need to be ad­dressed in any new plans.

‘‘ It will give scope to cre­ate a modern eat-in kitchen and ex­tended liv­ing area

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