Diamond in the rough for €895,000

Late Victorian terraced house in Rathmines is in need of total renovation

Just off the leafy Palmerston Road, lies sleepy Ormond Road – a series of late Victorian properties comprising terraces on the west face and semi-detached houses on the east.

Noel Fitzroy not only grew up in Number 3, he was also born here. He left home more than 30 years ago and is now selling the home of his late mother.

Time has stood still in this property, but this is what will attract many buyers in search of a period property that needs a complete overhaul.

Thankfully almost all the period features are intact. The house has its original sash windows and both reception rooms have the original shutters. Under the dated carpets, lies the old pine flooring just waiting to be revealed. The front door is not original, but as with many period properties the Irish rain and dampness took its toll and it needed replacing.


The interconnecting reception rooms have graceful proportions with very high ceilings and all the coving and ceiling roses are in perfect condition. Both have matching marble fireplaces – but the hearth in one will need replacing.

The kitchen is as it was 40 years ago, but there is huge scope to extend into the generous scullery or out to the side subject to planning.

Upstairs are four bedrooms. One bedroom lies on the return and unusually the family bathroom is to the rear of the bedroom.

On the first floor are two very generously-sized bedrooms and a smaller room.

A large closet has potential to become a shower room or en suite.

This property will appeal to buyers in search of a diamond in the rough. There is much scope to restore this 176sq m (1,900sq ft) house to the handsome period residence it once was.

Number 3, is available through estate agent DNG with an asking price of €895,000.