House prices hot up on Heytesbury

A three bedroom villa-style house in Dublin 8 is asking €770,000 on a street where houses in need of refurbishment are selling for about €400,000

Thu, Sep 5, 2013, 00:00

Heytesbury Street, an arterial road connecting South Circular Road with Kevin Street in Dublin 8, has been a hotbed of sales activity in the last few months.

At 163sq m (1,755sq ft) No 22 is one of the largest on the street and the latest to come up for sale. The three-bedroom terraced house is asking €770,000 through agents SherryFitzGerald. It’s further evidence of how pricing on the street varies hugely, depending on the condition and size of the property. For example, No 75 has gone sale agreed through agent Felicity Fox. The 190sq m (2,045sq ft) house had an asking price of €850,000 and is believed to have made just shy of that.

Number 89, 125sq m (1,345sq ft) in size, is asking €595,000 though Felicity Fox.

The street also has several three-beds for sale in need of total modernisation. Number 34, about 148sq m (1,595sq ft), has an advised minimum value (AMV) of €400,000 and is due to come up for auction on September 19th through agents Norths. Lisney recently sold No 37 for €470,000. It too had an AMV of €400,000 and needed about €200,000 worth of work. Number 84, 175sq m (1,884sq ft) in size, is asking €375,000 through Felicity Fox.

All the dirty work has been done at No 22. The inverted villa-style house has all its accommodation at hall level. The reconfiguration of the house was already in place when the present owners purchased it about 10 years ago.

Both former reception rooms have matching cast iron fireplaces and benefit from the period high ceilings and lovely decorative plasterwork. The interconnecting doors have been dispensed with. The front bedroom, originally the sitting room, is a children’s bedroom.

The back bedroom has two small roof lights and an internal window that overlooks the open-plan kitchen below. This was closed when viewed and the room felt a little dark.

To the rear of the house is the master bedroom. It has a shower ensuite bathroom whose window, once outside, now opens into the kitchen.

A steep set of stairs leads to the garden level, where the family living space is. The family employed architect David Craig of BCDH Architects to remodel the kitchen extension. The kitchen opens out to the garden.

The cooking area floor to ceiling height is about seven feet and two inches, which may be restrictive for the very tall. The painted kitchen has polished black granite countertops, a stepped island and a sink that overlooks the garden. It opens into a lovely, airy double-height family room with lots of shelving.

Double doors lead through to the formal dining room, a dark walnut panelled room. It has a wrought iron fireplace that matches those in the original reception rooms. A second set of doors lead from it into the family room, set out as a children’s playroom. The house has oodles of storage, installed mainly by Wexford-based Darren Langrell.

The garden has a granite paved patio with high seating and storage built in underneath. A raised lawn is carpeted in artificial grass and there is rear-access off-street parking.

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