Indeed Semi-D spatial thinking is the worst design-non-design on the face of the planet. That one looks like a candidate ripe for very cold external walls estimating its ages by legacy internals, i.e. a time when insulation was a foreign land. Also looks a ex rental to me going by hodge podge of decor. However I could be wrong.
To OW’s eye it has no value like virtually all Semi-D’s. They are the prisons of old world thinking. The product of a failed way. A time of a depleted consciousness.
I remember looking at one of these to rent in the 1990s.It was split into two maisonettes.This one looks very,very similar.
So many things put me off once I stepped over the threshold.Just really a very ugly and badly designed house overall, combined with a lack of parking space if friends called over etc.,and the ubiquitous trains passing closeby. This one also has that old person has just passed away creepy feel to it. Definitely an exception to the location,location,location rule.
I don’t see the link between semi-detached and ugliness. Nor between poor insulation/energy inefficiency and being semi-detached. The Hollybrook Grove house is badly insulated because it was built in the 1950s and clearly has not been appropriately upgraded since the 1970s/80s, not because it is semi-detached.
Just drive around rural Ireland if you want to see how repulsively and tastelessly ugly detached homes can be. There are plenty of attractive semi-detached and terraced houses in Ireland, as well as plenty of dog ugly ones. Ditto for detached.
Agreed. There is is something about those sprawling 1950’s and 1960’s identikit housing estates (look at Beaumont/Santry/Whitehall/Swords) that is so soul-destroyingly ugly. Maybe it is the relative leaflessness of these suburbs. Or the complete absence of “village” feel in contrast tto places like Ranelagh and Rathmines. Not to mention Sandymount. There are a plethora of these houses for sale in above mentioned areas, now going for prices that no longer make the eyes water. Often they are solid and well built with good front and back gardens. But would I live in one? Not in a fit. I grew up in one of those houses and wild horses wouldn’t drag me back.
I don’t disagree about our fugly housing, but I wouldn’t single out Ranelagh and Rathmines as something special by any means. I’ve frequented both places – worked in Rathmines for years and played lots of snooker in Ranelagh before that. Also had friends living in both areas. Maybe it’s because I grew up as an outer suburbanite, but to me Rathmines and Ranelagh might as well be the city centre. I wouldn’t say Rathmines has any more of a “village” feel than anywhere between there and Dame Street. Same goes for D4. Different strokes, I guess.