Fix it: D4 top player for less than €500,000 by glasmladih · 30 November 2023 No31 Beech Hill Drive is a mid terrace house located between Beaver Row and Stillorgan Road in Donnybrook, Dublin 4. It is located within walking distance of RTÉ, UCD and St Vincent’s Hospital. The house was built in the 1950s and needs to be upgraded and redecorated. Tell me more about the place.. It has an approximate area of 980 square metres, distributed over two floors. On the ground floor there is a living room at the front of the house, with an original fireplace, and then a room behind it, now a utility room but may have originally been the dining room. The kitchen is located at the back of the house in an extension created in the 1970s. The bathroom is next to the kitchen. Upstairs there are three good sized bedrooms. The rear garden is fenced with a decked patio area. No31 Beech Hill Drive is not in poor condition but needs upgrades Bad news? Although it is not in particularly bad condition, it needs a lot of development. The new owners will need to replace the single-glazed windows, install a new boiler and heating system, insulate the house, create a new kitchen, rewire and install new flooring. The good news? A decent sized three-bed apartment in D4 priced under €500,000 is sure to be an attraction. The property has also been vacant for more than two years, so it is eligible for the Vacant Property Renovation Grant, which can add up to €50,000 to the renovation pot. How much to buy it? The asking price is 480,000 euros. And to fix it? New owners can move on to the decorating work and take care of it themselves on a very small budget. To update the electricity, plumbing and windows, it will be necessary to spend about 60 thousand euros, which means that a lot of the work could be covered by the renovation grant. The house has a D1 BER, so insulating the walls and attic will raise this, with this work also possible to be helped by a SEAI grant. The design could be improved by knocking out the wall between the kitchen and utility to create a larger room at the back. It is a load-bearing wall, so getting rid of it could cost between 3,000 and 6,000 euros. Moving the bathroom upstairs will also add more functionality. What will I end up with? A family home priced at around €600,000, in one of Dublin’s most expensive postcodes. In September, No63 Beech Hill Drive was sold for €658,000, and has been completely renovated with a larger kitchen created at the rear, and they have also converted the attic. Who am I talking to? Robert Gardiner of Auctioneera (01) 9038335 will help you view this Donnybrook fare. For those who follow the bidding, you can follow the latest offers on Auctioneera.ie.