Went to see this yesterday during the open viewing, along with a good view others.
Overall, an appealing property, plenty of people lingered. However, the floors are bowed on both levels. By this I mean not that they sag in the middle of the floor but along the sides of the property. It’s as if the middle of the house is holding it up from sinking evenly into the ground. This was especially noticeable in the top front bedroom and the room below it. The bay window has cracks suggesting it is falling away from the house and the back corner of the kitchen extension seems to be falling off as well. The property isn’t too far from a rail line that is recessed. Does anyone know if this area was specifically built up as a reclaimed floodplain in the early 1900s? Any other thoughts about the house/area would be welcome.
I don’t know what the rent would be. Thank you for suggesting the Drumcondra Road alternative. In fact, I welcome the principles you suggest: lower purchase price, paying for my own renovation mistakes rather than someone else’s, a larger property altogether… However, a quiet location is important to me, and Drumcondra Road doesn’t offer that (of course, I don’t know how often that train goes by Brigid’s, either).
“Don’t know the area that well - but certainly looks like a fine house”
By the way, among my questions is how fine a house it really is – I’ve not seen before a house that has floors that slope to the sides from the middle to parallel, mid-terrace walls, rather than in the middle. Is that a kind of subsidence that is likely to have reached its lowest level, or would one expect more? Would the neighbors on both sides be suffering as well?
You can at least park on Brigids Road. No where nearby on Drumcondra. No garden. Cost of re-instating listed house in 4 units to private house IMO not viable. More then likely to appeal to those renting without need for garden or parking would be reason. Nothing to do with condition or otherwise of property.
Thanks. I still don’t understand why renters are more likely not to wish to park. If it were so apartments would be bigger for the lack of need to accommodate car parking in the same facility.
In any case, do you have an opinion on the value of number 18? I see that number 17, across the street, has just this evening come on the market, asking 20k more, at 395k. It appears to have the disadvantage of a poorly conceived kitchen extension. Of course, the kitchen in 17 doesn’t have an obvious sag to the left, as no. 18 does, in its photos.
Looks nice. As 18 is West facing assume that garden in 17 is East (might not be a big deal for you) The last one on the road to sell I think was 12. It was around €390,000 also. Nice extension and attic was also done.
In my view, number 8 had a much nicer kitchen.
I went to see 16. Kitchen was small and the presses were full of washing stuff and boilers (really needed a ultility room) and there was a pointless attic. Lovely sitting room and lovely old period features, but 540k??!!!
540k in the end, eh? Really liked this house but given nextdoor sold for 375,5k less than a year ago, I lost interest when the EA said the bid was up to 485k a few weeks back. Wonder to what extent the vendor’s furnishings/decor contributed to that price. Must say that the first 2 floors were stunning (although have to agree the attic was a bit of a botch job).