Smartly ex­tended Balls­bridge bun­ga­low

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - ROSE DOYLE 850,000

De­scrip­tion: Re­cently ex­tended bun­ga­low with four bed­rooms. Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald. Balls­bridge Av­enue and its ven­er­a­ble, ter­raced cot­tages have man­aged, for many years now, to be both pri­vate and at the heart of things in Dublin 4. Com­ing from town it’s a quiet street to the left after Balls­bridge’s main strip of shops, restau­rants and Paddy Cullen’s pub.

About a third of the way along the ter­race, it’s a sur­prise to find an en­closed and gated court­yard. Peace­fully co-ex­ist­ing with 21st cen­tury Balls­bridge, these five, red­brick bun­ga­lows and beds of plants have been there for more than 30 years.

The vendor, who bought num­ber 22 Balls­bridge Av­enue in 2015 and has ex­tended to al­most dou­ble its size, ex­plains that the court­yard site was owned and used by the RDS for shoe­ing horses un­til it was sold for devel­op­ment in 1985.

The vendor paid ¤625,000 for num­ber 22 and says that the pre­vi­ous owner, who bought dur­ing the hous­ing boom, paid in ex­cess of ¤1 mil­lion. With its floor area ex­tended by al­most 46.5sq m (500sq ft), num­ber 22 now has four bed­rooms ( one of them en-suite), a fam­ily shower room, open-plan kitchen/ break­fast/liv­in­groom and sun­room/Ger­man glasshouse over a 125sq m (1,350sq ft) floor area. Agent Sherry F i t z Ger a l d is seek­ing ¤850,000.

The vendor is only half jok­ing when he as­sures that Balls­bridge Av­enue is “a divine place to live, a fore­taste of heaven”. Fam­ily changes make it nec­es­sary to down­size.

The Ger­man glasshouse, or sun­room, ac­counts for some 9.2sq m (100sq ft) of the ex­tended house and has cre­ated a won­der­ful sense of space and light as well as mak­ing for an all year round out­door-liv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Ac­cessed via the kitchen/break­fas­troom, it juts into the L-shaped 18ft x 13sq ft pa­tio gar­den and is shel­tered be­neath a 20ft-high old stone wall and even higher, creeper-cov­ered brick wall. There are hy­drangea, gera­nium and camel­lia plants but, in the in­ter­ests of low main­te­nance, an astro turf lawn sur­face.

The light-filled, fully-fit­ted kitchen/break­fast area has a pitched ceil­ing with four small Velux win­dows and the liv­in­groom has a gas-fired fire­place with pe­riod-style wooden man­tle.

The floor here, as with the rest of the bun­ga­low, is of a warmly pol­ished hard­wood. The main, en-suite bed­room over­looks the rear, creeper-clad wall and has fit­ted wardrobes. Two other bed­rooms are front-fac­ing and a fourth, large bed­room, faces the side. The tiled, fam­ily shower room has a Velux win­dow.

The court­yard has des­ig­nated park­ing for one car.

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