Re­vamped ar­ti­san cot­tage

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 325,000 ALANNA GAL­LAGHER

De­scrip­tion: A two-bed­room mid-ter­race house in a his­toric lo­ca­tion Agent: Sher­ryFitzGer­ald Tem­ple Cot­tages is a fa­mil­iar ad­dress in Ir­ish art cir­cles. The s o ut h- f a c i ng ter­race of brick-fronted ar­ti­san houses is just be­yond the bound­ary wall of Kings Inns on Con­sti­tu­tion Hill, Dublin 7.

The quiet cul de sac was im­mor­talised in 1977 by artist in res­i­dence Robert Bal­lagh when he painted his fam­ily out­side their house.

Bal­lagh moved into Num­ber 3 with his late wife Betty. She had lived in the prop­erty all her life. This was the late 1960s, and they paid £750 to the Dublin Ar­ti­san Dwelling Com­pany for it. When the neigh­bour’s house came up for sale they bought it too, and con­verted the pair into a large, el­e­gantly artis­tic space de­signed by Boyd Cody Ar­chi­tects.

It’s a pretty lit­tle spot not far from the Basin – that re­ally charm­ing war­ren of streets that runs down to Bless­ing­ton Street – that house­hunters in the Dublin 7 area will know. It’s a five-minute walk to Phib­s­bor- ough vil­lage, while O’Con­nell Street and hip Stoney­bat­ter are a 15-minute stroll.

The own­ers of Num­ber 9 bought their home in Au­gust 2014, pay­ing ¤235,000 for it, ac­cord­ing to the prop­erty price reg­is­ter. While the ground floor was al­ready open plan they up­graded it, in­stalling a new gloss kitchen, cus­tomis­ing the units to fit into the space, and fit­ting a long low-set bench above which to po­si­tion the TV. Deep draw­ers un­der­neath keep clut­ter from view.

Din­ing area

A small din­ing area to the front fea­tures a cast-iron sur­round fire­place with gas in­sert and a round ta­ble that can ac­com­mo­date four.

Up­stairs the larger of the two bed­rooms is set to the front, and from it you can see across to Con­sti­tu­tion Hill. The sec­ond bed­room is a nurs­ery for the own­ers’ small child.

The prop­erty, which mea­sures 54sq m/581sq ft, is seek­ing ¤325,000 through agent Sher­ryFitzGer­ald. The house was briefly on the mar­ket last year. It launched in February with an ask­ing price of ¤320,000, drop­ping to ¤295,000 four weeks later.

Park­ing is on street. There is pedes­trian ac­cess onto Do­minick Street from the back of the house, which is north-fac­ing.

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