Art deco orig­i­nal with added space

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 1.4m ALANNA GAL­LAGHER

De­scrip­tion: A sub­stan­tially ren­o­vated four-bed semi close to Sandy­mount Strand Agent: Sher­ryFitzGer­ald When the own­ers of num­ber 3 St Al­bans de­cided to ex­tend their home by adding a sec­ond floor they dis­cov­ered the proud sig­na­ture of a Mr E Lang­ton, the roofer or slater, set into the plas­ter in 1928 when it was built.

The pair bought their Sandy­mount house in 2004 in walk-in con­di­tion. Sit­u­ated just one block from Sandy­mount Strand the size­able res­i­dence was al­ready a fine fam­ily home with charm­ing pe­riod fea­tures ga­lore.

The art deco era prop­erty opens into a de­cent-size hall with a stone floor insert where morn­ing light streams through the dou­ble-bow-win­dows to the front. The small room to the left of the hall is a chil­dren’s play­room while doors to the right lead to in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms, which are floored in a honey-coloured par­quet that would make any mother su­pe­rior proud. The din­ingroom is to the front with a set of slid­ing ma­hogany doors re­veal­ing a large fam­i­ly­room com­plete with open fire area and a large seated space over­look­ing the south­west-fac­ing back gar­den and patio. A lightwell, the width of the room, washes the cen­tral area, of­ten dark in such a large ex­ten­sion, in light.

This ar­chi­tec­tural idea is repli­cated in the large eat-in kitchen and helps make it feel bright and airy.

The dual as­pect room has painted units and a five-hob Brit­ta­nia range. From here a pair of bow-shaped glass doors, that echo the glazing shapes to the front, open out to the patio and lawned back gar­den. There are nine-foot ceil­ing heights through­out the ground floor.

In 2007 the own­ers added a sec­ond floor ex­tend­ing the pitch of the roof to cre­ate a lovely o pe n pl a n s pac e wi t h wall-to-wall glazing form­ing the fo­cus of the bed­room quar­ters. On the first floor, two of the bed­rooms and a good-size study, have gor­geous views of the gar­den.

The main bed­room, a roomy space to the front, has a large, dual-as­pect en suite bath­room, with his and hers sinks.

The prop­erty, which mea­sures 199sq m (2142sq ft), is for sale for ¤1.4 mil­lion through agent Sher­ryFitzGer­ald.

Num­ber 40 St Al­ban’s, a sim­i­lar style prop­erty with three bed­rooms, sold last month for ¤1.075 mil­lion.

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