Fine 1920s house brought right up to date on Cabra Road
Description: Four-bed with converted attic, 230sq m (2,475sq ft), and cleverly landscaped rear garden Agent: Lisney Cabra Road, like so many others in Dublin, was built in sections with a small-time developer buying a plot, building a few houses and then moving on.
Five houses – which became known was Bective Terrace – were built in the mid-1920s, four semi-detached houses flanking a detached one. It’s that larger house, Bective House, at 133 Cabra Road that is now for sale, the first time since 2002 when it was bought and extensively renovated.
The owners continued working on the two-storey house over the years as their family grew: converting the attic in 2007 and in the same year landscaping the rear garden, and installing a new kitchen in 2015.
The four-bedroom family home, with attic conversion, is in walk-in condition and likely to appeal to families trading up in the area or those looking for a roomy – 230sq m (2,475sq ft) – and interesting period home with the handiest of commutes to the city centre.
The period features start with the layout – the hall with its black and white tiled floor is a bright square space with a door to the right opening into the interconnecting reception rooms, and to the left into the garage.
The partially glazed doors are original with polished brass doorknobs. An inner hall leads to the extended back of the house and the kitchen and breakfast room.
Upstairs off a bright landing are four bedrooms, two with en-suites and a family bathroom.
A room in the attic extension is used as a fifth bedroom and there is also a shower room up there.
The landscaper who took on the back garden did a terrific job with dense colourful planting and a layout that includes a patio, as well as a play and seating area. To the front is off-street parking for three or four cars and there’s the integrated garage – although it is hasn’t been used for car parking for years.
There is potential for new owners to do some work such as rethinking that kitchen extension as the breakfastroom is windowless. They may also convert the integrated garage into living accommodation although it does provide excellent and practical storage.
And purists who are attracted to the fine-looking house because of its period 1920s features will probably want to take down the mock-Georgian portico.
‘‘ The landscaper who took on the back garden did a terrific job with dense colourful planting, a patio and play and seating areas