Fine 1920s house brought right up to date on Cabra Road

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

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

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