An old Kentucky home in Clontarf for €990,000

Period detached double-fronted house on 0.3 acre in need of renovation


This detached double-fronted property dates from 1910, and the name “Kentucky” was given by the original builder, who heard a passerby whistling My Old Kentucky Home by Geraldine Farrar.

The property was purchased by Riona Coggin’s grandparents in 1934, and during the mid-1950s housed four generations of the Coggin family.

The 120sq m (1,291sq ft) property standing on 0.3 acres is being auctioned with an AMV of €990,000 through estate agent Lisney.

Coggin remembers her youth at Kentucky, where her mother, Peggy Walsh, grew all their own vegetables and fruits. Evidence of this still exists, with pear and apple trees in addition to old raspberry canes and rhubarb plants in the rear garden.

The house has its own well in addition to a mains supply, as Walsh, with the aid of a water diviner who lived opposite, sank a well in the 1970s.

The three-bedroom house is in need of renovation but many period features remain intact. The entire house has original pitch pine flooring, some of which is covered by Linoleum laid by Walsh more than 50 years ago. Each room has original fireplaces, all of which are in working order, while the coving and deep-door architraves are in perfect condition.

New owners will want to change the kitchen and the old scullery, perhaps by way of an extension, subject to planning.

The site on 0.3 of an acre is large enough to take a substantial extension, while still retaining a decent garden. The property lies within a Z1 zoning belt, which aims to “protect, provide and improve residential amenities”, according to the Dublin City Development Plan.

As the house is one of the few remaining properties with large gardens in Clontarf, it is sure to attract interest when it is auctioned on May 23rd.

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