A concrete shed in Booterstown, located between two homes on Grotto Avenue, has gone on the market for €59,000.
Listed on Daft.ie, the property’s description reads: “Castle Estate Agents Powered by Keller Williams present this Investment opportunity close to the Booterstown train station.
“29sq. metre private garage for sale at Grotto Avenue.”
The concrete structure appears to have previously been used as garage as a typical fold-up and pull-down door is used as the entrance-way.
The listing has been viewed over 7600 times and also describes the property as a “detached house” – even though such detached garages are often the subject of conditions imposed by the local council restricting its nature and extent of use.
The property appears to not have an address of its own.
Labour councillor for the area, Deirdre Kingston, told Dublin Gazette: “I think this listing is indicative of the dysfunctional housing market in this country.
“What’s particularly depressing is that this concrete shed is listed as a ‘house’ for sale. Housing in this country isn’t about providing affordable family homes, or taking people off housing lists, but making as high a profit as possible.
“I and my Labour colleagues have repeatedly called for more focus on the public ownership of housing but the Government continues to pursue a developer-led policy, rather than one that is focused on people and their needs.”
Fine Gael councillor for Blackrock Barry Ward says that the building is probably a commercial sale intended for use as a parking space near the DART station in Booterstown.
“I would be very concerned if anyone was suggesting that this could be residential or converted into a residential space,” says Cllr Ward.
“The ad gives no indication of adjacent land and the footprint here is insufficient for a residential construction in a low-rise, settled, suburban area.
“As to the price, while it is expensive, I think that people are increasingly turning towards sustainable modes of transport like cycling and public transport, which decreases the need of cars and expensive parking.”
For comparison, €45,000 will get you a three-bedroom terraced house in Ballintubber, Co. Roscommon and a three-bedroom terraced house in Scarriff, Co. Clare while €70,000 would get you a four-bedroom semi-detached house in Killea, Co. Donegal.
According to data released in 2017 by Daft.ie, the average price of a house in Booterstown was €565,000.