City cot­tage with a big heart in se­cret D4 square

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - GEMMA TIPTON

De­scrip­tion: Four/five bed­room home tucked into one of Dublin’s loveli­est squares Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald When 19 Vava­sour Square last came to mar­ket, it was 2005. At that time it was the home of for­mer Fianna Fáil MEP Eoin Ryan. The Ryans had added an ex­ten­sion and car­ried out ex­ten­sive re­fur­bish­ments dur­ing their ten­ure; so much so that the next own­ers needed to do lit­tle to the house, apart from paint it.

This means that it’s back on the mar­ket with many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures in­tact, and all that time has added is the sense of tran­quil­lity you get from many years of happy fam­ily life.

Vava­sour Square, built in the 1850s, is one of Dublin’s se­cret spots. Named after Wil­liam Vava­sour, who drained the salt flats of Ir­ish­town, the square is tucked away off Bath Av­enue. “The house was built for Vava­sour’s son,” the owner says. “And so it’s the largest on the square.”

At 178sq m (1,915sq ft), it’s ut­terly de­cep­tive. At first you think you’re com­ing into a charm­ing lit­tle cot­tage, but the house ram­bles through to a huge (7.7m/23ft long) kitchen and din­ing room, warmed by a lovely dark-green Aga. “This kitchen ta­ble has started busi­nesses,” says the owner. “We’ve had the most fun in this room.”

Com­pletely se­cluded

There are four to five bed­rooms, de­pend­ing on whether you want a sep­a­rate study. The main bed­room, which is en suite, is on the first floor, the rest at gar­den level. And the gardens them­selves are wonderful: com­pletely se­cluded, with grassy spa­ces to the side and rear. Add to that the square it­self, which fills with chil­dren play­ing ball in safety, and it’s an ideal spot for a young fam­ily.

The own­ers, whose chil­dren are now grown, agree. “You can walk or cy­cle ev­ery­where. There are three fan­tas­tic na­tional schools within walk­ing dis­tance, so there’s no school run, and it’s 15 min­utes’ walk to Grafton Street”. The Dart is right be­hind, Grand Canal Square is a hop along the canal, and lovers of sport can rel­ish the prox­im­ity to the Aviva sta­dium.

“What will we miss most? The live­abil­ity of it, the neigh­bours, the gar­den, the liv­ing room. It’s per­fect for week­ends read­ing the pa­pers by the fire. In sum­mer we’re out in the gar­den.”

You can tell it’s a dif­fi­cult place to leave. “There’s also a lot of stor­age,” she says. “So there’s lots you could do with it.” On the other hand, you mightn’t want to change a thing.

It’s for sale for ¤1.25 mil­lion through Sherry FitzGer­ald.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.