D12 Corpo Style Makeover: How a Fashion Accessories Retailer Redesigned a Crumlin Deck
280 Captains Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12
Request a price: â¬ 300,000
Agent: Felicity Fox Estate Agents (01) 633 4431
IIf you told someone they could buy a two bedroom house in south central Dublin with front and rear gardens and outdoor parking, all for just â¬ 300,000 , he probably wouldn’t believe you.
But the type of houses built by Dublin Corporation in the 1930s through the 1950s today offer what is probably (square feet for square feet) the best real estate value in the capital today.
Solidly built and centrally located, you can still buy them for the price of a one or two bedroom apartment, ranging from â¬ 250,000 (in original condition) to â¬ 320,000 (with work done).
In recent years, the old mid-century Corpos in Dublin have been transformed amid applause from a series of talented architects, largely in the Modernist style.
For a more tactile and colorful approach, check out Susan Kenney’s renovated double-fronted house at No280 Captain’s Road in Crumlin, Dublin 12, which is currently on sale for â¬ 300,000.
The fashion accessories businesswoman completed a renovation already partly done by the previous owners, taking advantage of a new fluid layout to maximize her own unique style.
Kenney bought the house in 2013 after selling a retail business. For 15 years until 2012, the Londoner owned one of Dublin’s most popular accessory stores, Showco in George’s Street Arcade.
In addition to fashion-conscious young people looking to accessorize themselves, it has also attracted a large number of celebrities looking for hats, sunglasses, gloves, bags, fascinators and its famous ‘pantyhose wall’. Â», Which made the last cry of fashion. available to Dublin’s youthful style tribes at reasonable prices.
Among those who visited Showco regularly were Debbie Harry (once pictured crossing Dame Street on her way), Michael Stipe, Bono, Bob Geldof and Sinead O’Connor.
âI’ve always had a rule that if you recognized a celebrity you had to pretend you didn’t recognize them,â Kenney says. âThat way they always knew they could shop with peace of mind. Today she is an event planner and also runs a vintage Italian handbag sourcing and sales business.
She moved to Dublin after years of retailing clothes on London’s trendy Portobello Road. âYou all know the story. You come to Ireland for two weeks and stay there for decades, âshe says.
âWhen I sold the store I decided I didn’t want a mortgage anymore, so I also sold the house I had at the time in the Tenters and bought Captain’s Road in 2013 I got it from a young couple who had only been a year ago.
“They had started to modernize it and had actually done a lot of work, but for personal reasons they had to sell it. The renovation was half finished.”
One of the big setbacks when it comes to old Corpo terraces is the dark layout of small, dark separate rooms at a time when a bright open plan is in demand. ‘Parlor’ houses like Kenneys also tend to have a separate small reception room at the front, which would have been originally kept for ‘good’ use only.
Number 280 saw this dividing wall come down to create an open plan kitchen and dining room on the left side and a spacious living room on the right. This means that the resulting two ground floor spaces are spacious, dual-aspect and therefore flooded with light.
It helps that it is a corner house and therefore double-sided. The staircase ascends directly from the dead center of the hall door, leaving plenty of space on either side and a significant amount of storage under the stairs to be used below.
The previous owners have also done Kenney a big favor by replacing all windows with appropriate weighted wood-framed versions (âyou lift them up and they go up like magicâ).
The added plantation shutters increase privacy and mystique. The floors on the ground floor have also been replaced with oak and a new wooden front door has been added, painted in bright cherry red.
Upstairs, Kenney transformed bedroom two into a combined study and walk-in closet, with the top shelves accessed using an antique bookcase ladder. âI’ve always dreamed of having my own walk-in closet, so now I have one,â she says.
A couple with young children can easily turn it back into a second bedroom. âThe bathroom actually contains its original suite, which is rare, and it is in fairly good condition. So I opted for an art deco theme.
There are two off-road parking spaces and the corner position means it has a ‘pizza slice’ rear garden. This has been carefully landscaped with a sun terrace, lawn and is surrounded by climbing jasmine.
“In addition to creating privacy, it blooms through November.” There is also a shed, which could also make a good home office with good insulation.
âAfter years of living in Ireland, America and Egypt, I want to come home. So I’m off to Canterbury where a lot of my friends live, âKenney says.
The new owners could expand it again by extending outward to the rear, while the wood floored attic would easily take on a good sized mezzanine level. Felicity Fox Estate Agents is asking â¬ 300,000 on her behalf.