Up­graded for com­fort and rus­tic charm in Dalkey

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE 2.25m

De­scrip­tion: Bright Vic­to­rian red­brick in walk-in con­di­tion Agent: Knight Frank A two-storey over gar­den level Vic­to­rian on a quiet cul-de-sac in Dalkey, Co Dublin, com­pletely re­fur­bished in the mid-1990s, has been metic­u­lously main­tained by its own­ers and comes to the mar­ket in walk-in con­di­tion. Three large bay win­dows and dé­cor that em­pha­sises neu­tral colours and un­fussy fur­nish­ings make this an un­usu­ally bright Vic­to­rian.

Or mond e , a 329sq m (3,546sq ft) four-bed built around 1 890, is for sale through Knight Frank for ¤2.25 mil­lion. The own­ers are mov­ing into a new house they have built at the bot­tom of the still good-sized back gar­den. A high stone wall sep­a­rates the two prop­er­ties, and num­ber 4 won’t be over­looked, they say.

The house was in two flats when the own­ers bought it in 1992, em­bark­ing on ma­jor ren­o­va­tions in 1995. The gar­den level area was com­pletely re­done in rus­tic style, a kitchen on the main floor was re­moved and, up­stairs, a fifth bed­room was also re­moved to make way for an en suite in the large main bed­room. Pe­riod de­tails – some cen­tre roses, mar­ble and cast-iron fire­places – have been re­stored or re­placed, but most of the win­dows in the house are uPVC.

Tall gran­ite steps lead up to the front door which opens into a large square porch. There are just three rooms on the main floor, along with a smart toi­let. The large draw­ingroom with a mar­ble fire­place looks over the back gar­den. The din­ingroom at the front has pol­ished timber floor­boards and a tall, deep bay win­dow. Next to it off the front hall is a li­brary/den.

Down­stairs, the theme is rus­tic: pine doors have latches and the large kitchen/ break­fas­troom has smart old pine units, a pine dresser, Belfast sink and a cream Aga set into a chim­ney­breast with an ex­posed brick sur­round. There’s side ac­cess to the gar­den level, where ac­com­mo­da­tion also in­cludes a large fam­ily room, with a wood-burn­ing stove set into a raised brick fire­place, a sep­a­rate study, which could be a fifth bed­room, and a down­stairs toi­let.

Up­stairs, past a huge arched win­dow edged with coloured glass, there are four bed­rooms, three of them dou­bles, and the fam­ily bath­room.

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