Ed­war­dian looks to dou­ble its money

Black­rock home pur­chased in 2016 for ¤410,000 has been ex­ten­sively re­fur­bished since, in­tro­duc­ing lots of light and mak­ing use of lovely sea views

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 795,000

De­scrip­tion: Re­fur­bished three-bed­room end-of-terrace house with sea views to the front , min­utes from Black­rock vil­lage. Agent: DNG St Cather­ines, 17 Seafort Pa­rade, in Black­rock, is a house in walk-in con­di­tion. But that wasn’t the case last October when the end-of-terrace three-bed was pur­chased for ¤406,0000 by Fitz­patrick & Heavey Con­struc­tion. The Ed­war­dian came on the mar­ket in Novem­ber 2016 seek­ing ¤450,000 in need of com­plete moderni­sa­tion.

Over­look­ing Black­rock Park with views across the bay to the Pi­geon House and beyond, the set­ting is scenic, although at this time of the year the gor­geous mar­itime views are some­what ob­scured by the park’s de­cid­u­ous trees.

Mea­sur­ing 120sq m /1291sq ft, the red­brick fronted home is ar­ranged over three floors with a sep­a­rate gar­den-level en­trance to the front. It has been ex­ten­sively re­fur­bished with par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion paid to damp-proof­ing the ground level, in­su­lat­ing all the walls and re­pair­ing the roof to en­sure the re-use of the orig­i­nal ter­ra­cotta tiles.

The front door, at hall level, is ac­cessed via a set of gran­ite steps. Un­der­foot the orig­i­nal tim­ber boards have been pol­ished, and dec­o­ra­tive tim­ber pan­elling added to the hall and stair­well. The lay­out has been changed with the kitchen and liv­ing rooms moved to dif­fer­ent lev­els and the first of the three bed­rooms is where the for­mal sit­ting room would have been.

This room has gor­geous sea views and a lovely pe­riod fire­place. From here you can watch the progress of the Dart as it trav­els be­tween Black­rock and Boot­er­stown and in­deed there is a pedes­trian short cut through the park from the sta­tion in Black­rock.

The liv­ing room is now set to the rear of the house in a big­ger space that can bet­ter ac­com­mo­date sev­eral so­fas around its in- set fire. The kitchen is down a flight of stairs. It has a painted kitchen with mar­ble coun­ter­tops and ac­cess to a small but pri­vate west-fac­ing yard from where there is stepped pedes­trian side ac­cess to the street. Its in­ter­nal door has been re­moved to make the space feel more open and while it looks good it may be missed in win­ter. The fam­ily room is to the front with a lower ceil­ing and there also is a util­ity set un­der the gran­ite steps with a shower room.

There are two bed­rooms on the f i rst f loor. Both have built-in wardrobes. The main bed­room is set to the rear and the smart bath­room fea­tures dec­o­ra­tive floor tiles with the same tiles echoed in a niche above the bath.

The fin­ish through­out is first c l as s , over­seen by Mark Charles, a project man­ager who has pre­vi­ously worked on high-end homes in­clud­ing Michael O’Leary’s Gig­gin­stown House in West­meath. In fact, so im­pressed was the next door neigh­bour with the re­furb job here that she hired the same firm to ren­o­vate her house in­cor­po­rat­ing many of the same de­tails.

The prop­erty is now seek­ing ¤795,000 through agent DNG.

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