Few prayers to St Anthony and No 38 could be great

IN the inimitable phrase of former US Defence Secretary, Donald Rumsfeld, there are ‘known knowns’ in regard to this house at 38 Hartland’s Avenue — and then there are ‘known unknowns.’

In other words, it’s a bit of an engineering exercise, and will be sold and bought as is — unknown unknowns and all.

According to selling agent, Michael O’Donoghue of O’Donoghue Clarke, the western suburban semi-detached house has stirred considerable interest since it came back on the market over a week ago.

Sale-agreed in ‘07 for close to €380,000, the deal was held up by a tangle of title problems and 14 months later when cleared, so too had the potential buyer.

Now, the dilapidated four-bed is back, and struts its stuff without a clear price guide — O’Donoghue is loathe to fix a level, but does indicate somewhere in excess of €250,000 for what he admits is a bit of a wreck.

In fact, female viewers have fled in shock and engineering reports have been less than complimentary — but, y’know, there could be a bit of a bargain here.

After all, this is a four-bed in the high demand, university area of the city. The Lough is just down the road, and at the rear, there’s a long, south-facing garden which isn’t overlooked.

And then, there’s space to extend and the option, albeit nuclear, of knocking the whole kit and kaboodle and starting from scratch. Which makes site value at €250,000 (plus stamp and costs), a good deal for the location. Despite it’s parlous state, St Anthony’s does have a certain amount of charm and a lot of potential. However it will take a buyer of stern stuff to realise the value a knock-down property like this offers, so builders may be in the bidding fray.

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