Ex­tended oa­sis for all the fam­ily

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER 895,000


A five-bed­room semi on a quiet side street just off the N11 Agent: DNG Sit­u­ated just off the N11 in Dublin – op­po­site the Old Dublin Road and Oat­lands Col­lege – is Pri­ory Drive, Black­rock, a sub­ur­ban side street of large semis many of which have been up­graded and ex­tended to max­imise ev­ery inch of liv­ing space. Al­most all the houses on the street have con­verted the garage and built above it to add to the ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Num­ber 42 is one such prop­erty. The own­ers have lived here for 35 years, and the five-bed house, which now mea­sures 180sq m/1,938sq ft, has sim­ply be­come too big for their re­quire­ments.

The house has been added to over the years. A porch was in­tro­duced to the front and the ex­tra space al­lowed them to turn the garage, to the right of the hall, into a fam­ily room.

The liv­ing room is a long room with pol­ished wood floors, a mar­ble fire­place and a gas fire in­sert. It has a trio of win­dows to the sunny front, which faces south.

Glass doors lead through to a good sized din­ing room that over­looks the gar­den. With roof lights, a vaulted ceil­ing and wooden beams. its glass doors open out to the pa­tio where there is a long north-fac­ing gar­den, big enough to cap­ture the sun. Mea­sur­ing 100ft, it is also pri­vate. It borders Mount Mer­rion Pitch and Putt Club, and its en­trance is on Pri­ory Drive.

The kitchen, ren­o­vated in 2009, is housed in an area that was also prob­a­bly part of the orig­i­nal garage. Ceil­ing heights here are low (2.2m), and while the space lacks nat­u­ral light the ad­ja­cent cosy den has glass slid­ing doors that bring light in.

While the ex­ten­sion work is not seam­less it af­fords a fam­ily plenty of grow­ing room, with spa­ces for teenage kids to hang out. The den is ideal for keep­ing a watch­ful eye on smaller kids from the kitchen.

There are five bed­rooms up­stairs. The main bed­room over­looks the gar­den and it has a bright, nat­u­rally lit shower en suite. Three of the bed­rooms are sin­gles. The other dou­ble is to the front, and has the same trio of win­dows that fea­ture in the liv­ing room.

Across the street Num­ber 19 is also for sale. Mea­sur­ing 168sq m/1,808sq ft it has four bed­rooms, two sin­gles and two dou­bles, the main with a shower en suite, an at­tic con­ver­sion and full plan­ning for a large two-storey ex­ten­sion that would ex­pand the liv­ing room and add a master bed­room up­stairs.

It has a south-fac­ing gar­den and is seek­ing ¤950,000 through agent Sher­ryFitzGer­ald.

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