Five buildings to convert to homes from Ballsbridge to Westport
Each of these could make a stylish home, subject to change of use planning permission
Number 344 South Circular Road in Dublin 8 offers potential for conversion to a period home within easy reach of Dublin city centre.
Agent: Finnegan Menton
For those looking for a property in the capital, a former medical clinic at 344 South Circular Road in Dublin 8 could be of interest. With some reconfiguration and upgrading, the 200sq m (2,152sq ft) end-of-terrace building, which is in good structural orders, offers real potential for conversion to a period home within easy reach of Dublin city centre.
Reduced in recent weeks by €50,000, according to the estate agent planning permission will be required to change it from clinic to residential use.
Agent: Property Team O’Mahony Auctioneers
Number 12 Sussex Road, off Upper Leeson Street, and opposite the Mespil Estate, has been a showroom for classic cars for nearly 40 years, but the 90sq m (968sq ft) premises is now for sale with the prospect of being converted to residential use. It’s being offered for sale with full planning permission to demolish the single-storey building and replace it with a three-storey home of 90sq m. The permission also provides for two roof terraces.
VINTAGE SHOP VIBE
Agent: Farrell Auctioneers and Estate Agents
Burke’s on George’s Street in Gort, Co Galway, is a classic postcard of an Irish market town. Built in 1855 it may have borne witness to post-Famine emigration and has been run as a shop by the Burkes for three generations. In more recent days the farmers from the mart, located where Aldi now is, used to congregate in the pub to the back, itself a time capsule from the lounge bar moderne of the 1960s. As one recent visitor mused, where else would you find a can of rat poison, a dose for a bullock and a pint of Guinness for sale in the one place? The bar licence has been sold and there’s a preservation order on the shop front. The property comes with living space upstairs, accessed via a separate entrance to the shop. There is a kitchen, separate living room and four bedrooms as well as storage space to the side of the shop and in the sheds to the rear.
A SHOP ON MAIN STREET
Agent: Vincent Finnegan
The turquoise-painted frontage gives way to an interior of about 58sq m (624sq ft) that includes the ground-floor shop and an airy first-floor room with a fireplace. It’s not a terrifically busy stretch for retail, and given the major improvements going on in Blackrock Shopping Centre and the Frascati Centre, this kind of property could function well as a live/work space.
Agent: SherryFitzGerald Crowley
Situated on a bend in the road about 3½ miles beyond Westport in Co Mayo, tThe Gaiety is a former dance hall that its owners, husband and wife Seán and Clodagh, have turned into a thriving furniture and interiors business. The property is typical of its time, a 1930s long house with a corrugated metal roof, the difference being that it was extensively upgraded in 2011 to include gas heating, new electrics and plumbing and a painted tongue-and-groove ceiling to emulate the original. The entire property has been dry-lined. Its original dance hall floor remains in situ and could probably tell a tale or two. The property extends to 206sq m (2,245sq ft) and is being sold as going concern with its stock. Subject to planning it could be converted to a home or a work/live unit with plenty of unique pieces already there to help you craft a very interesting-looking home.