Brighton Square six-bed with an AMV of €1.1m

Large detached house in Rathgar with original features and lots of potential


Just off Harold’s Cross Road, with mature hedging offering a small, private front garden and access to a side garage, number 64 is a rarity on this street.

It is one of the few, if perhaps the only, detached houses on Brighton Square, a triangular development of houses that dates to the mid-19th century.

The square can boast a Joycean residence; James was born in number 41 in 1882.

This six-bedroom home, which was owned by the same woman for 61 years, does not want for size but signs of age are apparent. The house need reworking, beginning with the basics: wiring, plumbing, heating and double-glazing, and extending all the way to decor.

With each step into the house, a new discovery in bright, patterned carpet awaits.

To the side, where there would have been an external passageway, the house has been slightly extended – there is an extra bathroom, with shower and hand-rail, and a rear room that could be used as either a study or downstairs bedroom.

It’s hard to see any prospective buyer sticking with the layout as it is. And at 355sq m (3,825 sq ft), there’s plenty of space to play with. On top of which, the house is in a sought-after location, close to both Rathgar and Terenure villages.

The extensive garden is south-facing and the house has many original features, the most noteworthy of which are the large bay window in the front drawing-room, original cast-iron fireplaces and ceiling coving in many of the rooms.

Up for auction on June 26th, number 64 has an AMV (advised minimum value) of €1.1 million – which seems a lot. Number 60 went for just half that amount late last year.

But that was a terraced house with four bedrooms and number 64 will surely sell on the strength of its space, aspect and potential.

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