Fix it: A mock 1980s Georgian terrace in Clontarf, Dublin 3

What is it? Sweatbands, bleached denim, shoulder pads and baggy pastel suits.

While we love the 1980s, some of their fashion mishaps are still traumatic. Little has been done to this 1980s terraced house at 7 Kincora Court in Clontarf, Dublin 3 since the New Romantics first put on makeup. Long before we built Edwardian models, we were all about faux Georgian terraced houses with salmon-colored bricks, spaghetti with plasterboard doors and white PVC leaded windows. And don’t forget the avocado bathroom for your full burn Head & Shoulders and Clearasil.

Tell me more about the place…
This 950 sq ft townhouse includes a south facing rear garden, three bedrooms, living room, 1980’s style eat-in kitchen and Avocado family bathroom.

The bad news?
It’s a manor house. So unless you intend to disrupt the streetscape, you’re pretty much stuck with the exterior trim. Brick prevents you from attaching the outer insulation to the front. The cure here is a new kitchen, new bathroom, re-wiring, heavy insulation (E-rating), upgraded heating and you’ll probably need a little extension at the back to make it really modern.


The avocado colored bathroom

The good news?
While it might ask someone to delve into me like Morten Harket, this 1980s survivor seems to still be in good shape despite the decades. It’s an honest house that should be relatively easy to renovate. The windows have recently been replaced. Location is its best feature – within easy reach of the seafront promenade in a desirable suburb and just minutes from the city centre. And the mullet is back, so expect avocado soon.

How much should I buy?
That’s Clontarf, so €575,000.

And to fix it?
You calculate €140,000 with an extension, €80,000 without an extension.

What will I end up with?
A respectable 80s revival for just over €700,000.

Who do I talk to?
If you’ve got brass in your pocket, Cara Murphy of REA Grimes Clontarf (01) 853 0630 thinks sweet dreams could be made of it. Fix it: A mock 1980s Georgian terrace in Clontarf, Dublin 3

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