Work to be done on Blackrock secret seafront terrace for €1.8m

Property in need of an update boasts views of Dublin Bay and south-facing garden

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Address: 6 Idrone Terrace, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Price: €1,800,000
Agent: Savills
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Idrone Terrace is secreted away behind Blackrock village's main drag and comprises 27 two-storey-over-basement houses with views over Dublin Bay to the front and secluded south-facing gardens to the rear.

The houses are in varying condition; many have a self-contained flat at garden level.

Number 6, which measures 259sq m (2,796sq ft), is situated at the quieter end of the terrace away from the Dart station and the hubbub of village nightlife. Set over three floors, the executor sale property isn’t quite in original condition but the interior hasn’t been touched in years. This means its fine period features are all intact right down to the river stone paving to its front and rear.

It retains its decorative cornicing and ceiling roses, sash windows and working shutters, soaring ceiling heights of 3.3m at hall and first floor levels with ceiling heights at garden level of about 2.3m.


The next owner will require deep pockets to bring it up to 21st-century expectations as the property needs heating, plumbing, electrical and insulation upgrades. Throw in an extension, new kitchens and bathrooms and the agent estimates a spend of anywhere up to €400,000. The property is asking €1.8 million though agents Savills.

At its longest the garden stretches to 150m and there is vehicular rear access. Prospective buyers will need to decide how they want to use the property’s grandest room. Located at the top of the house, it runs the width of the property and has the best sea views. If used as a sittingroom, there is scope for three to four further bedrooms; two on the first floor and two more at garden level.

It feels natural to keep the kitchen where it is – on the hall return. This is something that neighbour Helen McAlinden, fashion and lifestyle designer who collaborates with Foxford on its ranges, has done very effectively by adding a small extension to the rear.

She uses the room at the top of the house as the main bedroom but has added a small sitting area to it – great for parents in need of a quiet space away from family bustle.

The rooms at garden level have been subdivided into two “studio” flats with bedroom areas. Reinstalling the original layout would would make more sense, offering an option to lease the space under the Rent a Room scheme.

Number 24 came to market asking €1.25 million and has just sold for €1.625 million through the same agent. In 2011, number 24 sold for €677,600.

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in property and interiors