Drumcondra Edwardian is out on its own for €675,000

Detached three-bedroom in need of complete refurbishment

Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 10:02

Ravenswood, on the popular Iona Road in Drumcondra, has been occupied by the same family since it was built in 1905. The house comes to the market as an estate sale of the late Mary O Brien, who was born in the house and lived there all her life. It will be auctioned on March 5th through Lisney with an AMV of €675,000.

The estate agent’s literature tells us the property has been exceptionally well maintained and that it offers an exciting refurbishment opportunity. This may well be true, but the property is also in need of a complete overhaul.

The three-bedroom house, with a further room possible in the attic conversion, is of a decent size extending to 135sq m (1,450sq ft).

The front reception rooms are well proportioned with original coving and marble fireplaces.

The original wooden floors throughout are protected by a carpet that looks as if it was laid in the same year the house was built, and are ready for new owners to bring to life.

A recent addition of a bay window in the rear reception is not quite in keeping with the original Edwardian design of the house but allows a great deal of light into the room.

The kitchen could be extended to include the small rooms to the back as this would create a larger space and fill the room with light, thanks to the two south-facing windows.

Upstairs is a glorious room, listed as the master bedroom but as the largest room in the house with lots of light from a bay window, it would make a fantastic living room if a buyer was bold enough to reverse the current layout.

Houses on this prestigious northside road have sold in the last year for between €500,000 and €600,000 in need of little or no renovation.

What gives Ravenswood its star quality is that it is detached, a rarity on this road, with off-street parking and a 19m (64ft) south-facing garden.

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