Welcome to my blog!

This blog tells my experience with buying a house in Dublin, Ireland, and renovating it. 

I wanted to share everything I learned along the way, my misadventures and any tips and tricks!


Cabra - Mid-Terrace House - 3 Bed / 2 Bath - €200,000

Type of Property: Mid-Terrace house
Location: Cabra 
Rooms: 3 Bedrooms and 2 Bathrooms
Asking price: €200.000, the current offer is €191,000 (This is a bank sale, and they are would not be flexible on the price. All the other bidders have dropped out)
Age of the property: 20 - 30 years
Floor area: 91 square meters
Public transportation: 1 Bus line (20 min by bus from my office). 
Other benefits: Internal street, away from the main busy roads and very close to the city center (on foot, it's 40 minutes from my office). 

NOTES: This looks like a beautiful house on the outside (and on paper). While it's a council house it's a bit newer than those in Crumlin and it has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (with two windows on the top floor, while usually council houses have 1 window). Furthermore, it's very close to the city center, so much so that in 40 minutes on foot I'm to my office. 

However, the inside needs a lot of work. A LOT. There was a fire that damaged the fireplace in the living room, and all the appliances are missing from the kitchen. The floors on the top floor need to be completely replaced (currently there are some missing wood planks) and the bathroom is very outdated and moldy.

But the worst part? The extension in the back (which can be accessed from the kitchen). It's divided in two sections: when you enter the extension, there is a small hall with a door in front of you that opens to a second bathroom, and a second door on the right to access the back garden. 

The bathroom needs to be completely renovated due to the mold and the outdated fittings. Honestly, it seems like it would be cheaper to tear down the extension and rebuilt it.

Fun story: I went out to check the back garden, and to reach it there is a narrow path between the extension and the shed. I had my backpack on, and the path was so narrow that I got stuck turning around to get back! 

Given the price, this house would need too big of an investment for us to renovate it. 

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