Dublin Fixer-Uppers: 5 of the best property projects to get stuck into
Looking to buy a property in 2022? While it may be tempting to look at show houses or turnkey apartments, you might find there's better value elsewhere.
If you're willing to put in a bit of elbow grease and use your imagination, a 'fixer-upper' could be the answer to your home-owning dreams...
88 Lourdes Road, Maryland, Dublin 8
2-bed terraced house
Potential is the watchword here - a well-proportioned house in a highly sought-after area within the Grand Canal, in the heart of up-and-coming Dublin 8 and close to the Fatima stop on the Luas Red Line
The interior is dated, so a buyer may wish to strip a lot of it out and start again, or at least do a substantial refurbishment. The extended kitchen is a real selling point, as is the long, west-facing walled rear garden.
4 The Close, Millbrook Lawns, Tallaght
3-bed terraced house
End-terraces are always in-demand for their mix of privacy and value, and this one in Tallaght should be no exception. Again, a substantial re-fit will be required to bring the house up to modern-day tastes.
It consists of two reception rooms and a sizeable kitchen/diner downstairs, with three double bedrooms and the family bathroom upstairs.
The location is convenient too, just off the Old Bawn Road and a short distance from the main shopping and entertainment areas of Tallaght.
33 Oxmantown Road, Stoneybatter
3-bed terraced house
Houses in Stoneybatter are always in demand, and particularly on an iconic street like Oxmantown Road, subject of an RTÉ documentary in 2018.
The street is right in the heart of the community, halfway between the city centre and the Phoenix Park with Stoneybatter, Smithfield and Phibsborough villages close at hand.
This house has had an upgrade at some point with the two reception rooms being knocked through to create a large, open-feeling living room. A sizeable rear extension contains a galley kitchen and family bathroom, while the three bedrooms are upstairs.
242 Glasnevin Avenue, Finglas
3-bed semi-detached house
This impressive semi-detached house is located roughly halfway along Glasnevin Avenue, between Finglas village and the Ballymun Road.
Though any new owner will probably want to do a full redecoration, it's a fine house with many attractive features, including two reception rooms, three double bedrooms, a large, sunny rear garden, off-street parking and a garage to the side.
It's worth noting that the next-door neighbours have extended above the garage and into the back garden, so similar improvements could be an option here.
312 Swords Road, Santry
4-bed semi-detached house
This large semi on the Swords Road has already been extended to the side and rear, and there is potential for more development, subject to planning - as the neighbours have done.
Even without that, and bearing in mind that it needs updating, you get a lot of house for your money here - living room, dining room, separate kitchen/diner, lounge, sun room, four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
Moreover, the house is in a prominent position on the Swords Road, providing excellent access to the city centre and airport. It's even directly across the road from one of the northside's most popular shopping centres, Omni.