Adapted liv­ing with spec­tac­u­lar views

Three-bed prop­erty was re­designed in 2000 and ef­fec­tively dou­bled in size to 167 sq m

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 795,000 ELIZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Spa­cious three-bed­room home with su­perb sea views 167sq m (1,798sq ft) Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Dunbo Hill lies along what was the old Dublin road in Howth. Now a cul-de-sac, all the prop­er­ties along the nar­row road en­joy su­per views of the bustling port due to their el­e­va­tion above sea level.

Num­ber 2 was the last house on the ter­race, be­fore Thulla – a set of five prop­er­ties set be­hind elec­tric gates was con­structed, and is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald with an ask­ing price of ¤795,000.

In 2000, an ex­ten­sion de­signed by ar­chi­tect Robin Man­dal was added to the side of the prop­erty which in ef­fect dou­bled its size to 167sq m (1,798sq ft).

The only re­main­ing fea­tures of the prop­erty from its hey­day are the façade and two in­ter­nal walls.

The cur­rent lay­out of the three-bed house was de­signed to fa­cil­i­tate a wheelchair-bound owner up­stairs, and a carer on the ground floor, which ex­plains why the house has a kitchen on each level and a wheelchair lift in the cen­tre of the prop­erty.

The real sell­ing point of Num­ber 2, are the panoramic views from the liv­ing room up­stairs, which stretch from Don­abate to Ire­land’s Eye and the Moun­tains of Mourne on a clear day.

There is side ac­cess and park­ing be­hind the elec­tric gates of the Thulla de­vel­op­ment next door, and new own­ers of this prop­erty are ex­empt from an­nual man­age­ment fees.

The lift in the cen­tre of the house is not struc­tural and for new own­ers who do not re­quire a lift, it can eas­ily be re­moved. This would give a bet­ter flow through­out the house, as both fire­places – there is one on each level, face the lift and hence do not serve as fo­cal points.

The rear gar­den is laid out with In­dian sand­stone and raised beds with ma­ture plants in­clud­ing im­pres­sive ram­bling roses which me­an­der over old walls and a wooden per­gola. It is main­te­nance free apart from a day or so of an­nual weed­ing.

New own­ers may want to ad-

‘‘ The real sell­ing point of Num­ber 2 is the panoramic views

dress the en­ergy ef­fi­ciency – it has a BER rat­ing of E2 (grants are avail­able through the Sus­tain­able En­ergy Au­thor­ity (SEAI)).

The prop­erty would suit a buyer seek­ing a house adapted for wheelchair use, or, with the re­moval of the lift, a spa­cious fam­ily home.

Ei­ther way this house is re­ally all about the views.

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