I have lived in a cookie-cutter 4 bed semi box in Dublin 15 since it was built in 2004. It does the job and I don’t mind where I am, but I hanker after something of about 200sqm with a bit more character or individuality, and I wouldn’t mind going somewhere with a bit less knifey-knifey and fewer cocaine factories.
Castleknock is a nice-ish location but the doric columns are a bit offputting, style-wise. It seems like some sad, damp copy of a 1980s Dallas set.
South of the Liffey seems to offer a bit of character, but the ones on the market seem (from threads here, and BER ratings on the ads) to be mostly badly maintained old husks that need extensive rebuilding, and my busy life and deep fear of building contractors rule that out.
I’d really like a warm, structurally sound gaff that I could just move into and enjoy.
Out of curiosity, I did an advanced search in the Dublin area on MyHome, filtering to 4+ bed houses with a BER cert of B3+.
I got about 11 results inside the M50 and South of the Liffey. Eleven.
Setting a max price of 1.5m brings the selection down to 8, of which a couple are characterless new build boxes much like I have now.
There are only a couple of properties with any sort of character:
The Mews, Rostrevor Road, Rathgar, €1.175m.
myhome.ie/residential/brochu … -6/2117748
12 Monkstown Road, Monkstown, €860k.
myhome.ie/residential/brochu … in/2257875
19b Garville Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6, €795k.
myhome.ie/residential/brochu … -6/1702618
That last one has peculiar proportions but at least is priced under a million quid.
Otherwise I’m left with this sort of thing:
8 Clonmore Road, Mt. Merrion, Dublin County, €875k.
myhome.ie/residential/brochu … ty/2083095
A nicely decorated but horrifically ugly dormer bungalow. I always thought bungalows were for old people who were too frail to use stairs.
If I relax the BER cert filter I get over 300 results. If (as some threads here have pointed out) it costs little to properly insulate a house, surely anyone selling a million quid house should have done so before putting it on the market?
Am I wrong in using a higher BER rating as a proxy for “not a complete kip”?
Where are the high quality period renovations? Do they not exist or are people just not selling them?