Fix it up: Arts and Crafts-influenced home in front of Dublin’s NCR

What is it?

Ublin doesn’t have too many Arts and Crafts influenced houses from the 1930s, but among them is 35 Ellesmere Avenue off the North Circular in D7 and near the junction with Aughrim Street and Stoneybatter. It was built in 1934 and has been in the same family ever since.

Tell me more about the place…

Michael and Margaret O’Connor moved up from Kerry in the 1930’s to take him a job as guards at Phoenix Park Headquarters. They bought this house new and it later belonged to their daughter Siun, an artist and art teacher until she died, leaving it to her brother Joseph, also an artist. He has moved to London with his adult children so No35 is for sale. The house is about 1,000 m² with an old garage next to it.


The interior of 35 Ellesmere Avenue at the North Circular in D7

The bad news?

Although the structure appears solid in general, it’s a tall order. It will require re-wiring, re-piping, a modern kitchen and living room extension, bathrooms, kitchen, insulation and likely gutters and downspouts to be restored or replaced. New plastering is also necessary, as this is severely cracked in many rooms.

And the good news?

As Joseph liked the house exactly as it is, this is now a rare case of a 1930’s Crafts House with all of its original features, not least the beautiful staircase and window joinery, wooden planks and a whole range of ornate tiled fireplaces of the period. The garden is 75 ft x 75 ft with plenty of room to expand. It connects to the Phoenix Park Tunnel service line, which is likely to be reopened as a public service.

How much should I buy?

The asking price is 600,000 euros.

And to fix it?

A spend of €200,000 should clear the above.

What will I end up with?

For €800,000 a BER B rated 1930’s crafts house with all its original features in one of Dublin’s trendiest and most central locations.

Who do I talk to?

Vincent Mullen of DNG (01) 8300989 shows you that where there are arts and crafts, home is. Fix it up: Arts and Crafts-influenced home in front of Dublin’s NCR

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