What is it?
Every now and then in a mature suburb, a home comes along that is larger than the others and occupies a much larger lot, presenting opportunities for a makeover that can create something truly special. No. 71 Fairways in Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 is a five bed property on a corner lot. Covering an area of 2,045 square feet, it has already been expanded to one floor and features a rear garden that is 59 feet wide and 75 feet long.
Tell me more about the place…
There is a wide choice of spacious reception areas including a dining room, living room, family room and spacious kitchen/breakfast room. Upstairs is the master bedroom with en-suite bathroom.
The bad news?
The decor is straight out of the 1970s era Saturday Night Fever with gaudy carpets, wallpaper, a panel fireplace and even a beauty board in the hall. The BER-F rating means that when home heating bills increase, you’ll either have to spend big on a major retrofit or spend it on fuel bills.
The good news?
The contingent of upscale buyers, who have long sought larger early 20th-century red bricks to go straight to gutting and modernizing, are now facing major problems with recent increases in construction and material costs. Many are therefore turning to larger 1950s-1970s homes like this one, which are much less complicated to renovate and don’t present external insulation issues.
How much should I buy?
The price is €850,000.
And to fix it?
For a top job, count on €250,000.
What will I end up with?
You spend €1.1 million to build a house worth €1.5 million.
Who do I talk to?
Dan Steen from DNG (01) 4904666 brings you onto the carpets of the disco era.
https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/homes/fix-it-up-a-very-large-1970s-estate-house-in-dublin-14-41510449.html Fix it – A very large 1970’s mansion in Dublin 14