No, all three properties I went sale agreed upon were in apartment blocks built or converted from another usage pre-2010. I think I have looked at at least one, and in some cases 4 or 5 apartments in every apartment block in Dun Laoghaire and the nearby suburbs.
As you say, the quality is generally very poor. Pavilion apartments that I’ve seen are mostly ones which have been rented out for 20 years and are not in good condition (there are some lovely ones in there, but it is the exception I think, and they are priced accordingly). As for Marine Walk - I was looking forward to those coming onto the market, but, one of the apartments I viewed there, the ‘master bedroom’ could not fit a king sized bed and none of the corners were 90 degrees.
Then, when I find a place which is actually nice and not requiring huge renovation, it turns out that the fire stopping (for example), is non-existent, or the critical files I needed from the DLR CoCo have gone mysteriously missing (my surveyor said it reminded him of Watergate) or the OMC has no sinking fund or doesn’t even exist, or they have huge unfunded works pending, or the whole thing is owned by a receiver as the builder is long bust, or the construction was so shoddy that there are unexplained water leaks in bad weather or, all of the above. I mean, I may be unusually persistent in chasing these issues to ground, but I am struggling to understand how anyone proceeds to closing.
I managed to once talk to someone who had just purchased in one of these places (I pushed letters under the door to the lobby and some people got back to me), and they said “Yes, my surveyor said don’t touch it with a barge pole, and my solicitor said you would be crazy to proceed, but you just need to go ahead with it, I mean the location is brilliant”.
Sorry, this turned into a bit of a rant rather than anything else, but if someone has found a path through all of this and has happily purchased an apartment in central Dun Laoghaire, I would love to hear about it.