1930s style with high-spec fin­ish

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - BERNICE HAR­RI­SON 1.795m

own­ers so wish. There is an at­tic room over the side ex­ten­sion that will prob­a­bly be used by new own­ers – as it is now – as a fifth bed­room.

The ex­ten­sions ate into the out­door space so the rear gar­den is rel­a­tively small for such a large house. There is park­ing for four or five cars out­side and the house is well-screened from the road, be­hind tall hedg­ing and trees.

Ma­ture trees at the rear also make the back gar­den feel se­cluded. De­scrip­tion: Orig­i­nal five bed on a cor­ner site up­graded to stan­dard of a high-spec new-build Five bed­rooms, 3,150sq ft (292sq m) Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald De­tached houses on cor­ner sites of­ten come with de­vel­op­ment po­ten­tial, es­pe­cially in sub­ur­ban es­tates built in the 1930s, when large gar­dens were ex­pected. In 2005 plan­ning per­mis­sion was filed for the gar­den of a newly ac­quired house on Wood­lands Park off Mount Mer­rion Av­enue. The idea was to keep the orig­i­nal 1930s house and build three new ones in the gar­den. And that’s what hap­pened – even­tu­ally – with three strik­ingly stylish de­tached mod­ern houses de­signed by O’Ma­hony Pike.

The orig­i­nal house also un­der­went a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion by the same ar­chi­tects bor­row­ing some of the fea­tures from the new houses such as the zinc win­dow treat­ments, and in­side it has the look and feel of a high-spec new build.

All four were rented for the past few years. One of the new houses, called Dru­an­tia, came on the mar­ket ear­lier this year. Now the orig­i­nal house is for sale. Called Belisama, which isn’t badly spelled Ital­ian but, ac­cord­ing to the Sherry FitzGer­ald agent, the name of the Celtic god­dess of sun­light.

Cu­ri­ous name aside, this is a fine fam­ily home with plenty of space and the all-done feel of a mod­ern lux­ury new build but with a 1930s ex­te­rior to give it per­son­al­ity. It has five bed­rooms, all dou­ble, two with en suites and all with built-in wardrobes. One is down­stairs, near its own side en­trance so it might ap­peal to buy­ers with older chil­dren or as guest ac­com­mo­da­tion that feels quite sep­a­rate.

Down­stairs the lay­out is in­ter­est­ing, and the white walls and pol­ished lime­stone floors make it ap­peal­ingly bright and airy.

Fac­ing the front door is the glazed wall of the din­ing room, and to the right at the front of the house is the liv­ing room. The kitchen is at the back – it opens into the din­ingroom and also out to the rear pa­tio, hard land­scaped with gran­ite paving and planted with grass and bam­boo. The Dalkey De­sign painted tim­ber kitchen has a large is­land topped with tex­tured mar­ble – all very smart. Ap­pli­ances are in­te­grated and there is a Brit­ta­nia stove.

One of the nicest rooms in the house is also to the rear, just along from the kitchen – a bright in­for­mal liv­ing room with a glazed wall look­ing out on to the pa­tio. The house is set well back from the road with a newly laid lawn. The orig­i­nal wrought-iron gates – a quirky and very cute fea­ture of this de­vel­op­ment is gates with an­i­mal mo­tifs – have hap­pily been kept. The house has been re­painted through­out and has been fur­nished for the sale. Belisama is on the mar­ket through Sherry FitzGer­ald for ¤1,795,000.

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