The decor is as fresh as a newborn in No 38 Marian Park following a complete overhaul in the wake of a sale five years ago.
The level of work that’s gone into since is captured in our Before and After images.
What you have now at No 38 is a chance to buy an essentially turn-key Blackrock property at an affordable price.
This house has been scaled, gutted and filleted to within an inch of its fine thick walls to create a crisp, modern interior.
The gardening approach was more laissez-faire, but in a good way. A quaint and ancient stone wall that runs along the bottom of the garden is its prettiest feature, but it has the added bonus of being south-facing, so that it catches the sun’s rays all day.
No 38 is already generating plenty of interest, with more than 30 separate parties attending an open viewing last weekend. It’s currently under offer at the asking price of €335,000, say Jeremy Murphy and John Corbett of estate agents Jeremy Murphy and Associates.
An extension to the side and rear of this end-of-terrace property sets it apart from its neighbour, No 37, which sold last year for €282,000 according to the Property Price Register. Actually No 38 sold in 2015 for €207,000, but the substantial price hike reflects a comprehensive overhaul, including a side and rear extension to create a fine kitchen that opens through patio doors out onto that charming sunlit garden.
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Walls have been replastered and repainted, a new heating system put in and new windows and doors installed and all that’s left really is for the new owner to put their stamp on it.
This may or may not involve installing wardrobes in the main bedroom and box room upstairs, where alcoves await, or alternatively, the alcoves, which are quite a nice feature in themselves, could stay as is, with the more modern option of free-standing rails to hold those clothes.
The main bedroom has a very generous ensuite with rainhead shower, and there’s also a family bathroom upstairs and a WC downstairs.
A second unexpected door next to the WC reveals a utility room, plumbed for washing machine and dryer, and with a sink and storage. There’s also plenty of storage in the extended kitchen, which doubles as the main dining space, with the option of dining al fresco on a side patio that acts as a fabulous suntrap.
A lounge to the rear and a room that could function as an office or a playroom complete the downstairs layout.
Standing in front of the house, Mr Murphy points out how deceptive it is - it looks much the same size at first glance as its neighbour, until you spot that extension.
“It’s essentially a new home in an old carcass,” Mr Murphy says, “plus the new extension.”
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A gravel drive out front has room to park one car, but there’s also the option of on-street parking.
A striking feature inside No 38 is at the top of the stairs, in the shape of a long, slim window that acts as a natural frame to a row of trees running along the edge of a green.
The green also contains a grotto, most likely a throwback to 1954, dedicated by the Vatican as a Marian Year - of celebration and devotion to Mary - a theme embraced with great fervour in Ireland, judging by the number of Marian Shrines that sprang up in housing estates at the time, including Marian Park, an ex-local authority estate where homes have kept up well with market prices.
The house is “in pristine condition”, Mr Murphy says. A spacious and fully-floored attic offers potential for further renovation.
The location is fantastic, he says, well served by bus routes, and with plenty of schools and retail nearby.
Verdict: Keep the faith and this house could be yours.