An es­tate agent’s for­ever home

Gunne fam­ily’s five-bed red­brick sits on a quar­ter acre site in a pri­vate, gated en­clave built in the late 1980s on Stil­lor­gan Road and is geared for en­ter­tain­ing

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - BER­NICE HAR­RI­SON 2m

De­scrip­tion: De­tached 1980s five-bed house on 0.25 of an acre with unique and colour­ful ad­di­tions. Agent: Quillsen That old say­ing about the cob­bler’s chil­dren and their lack of shoes never ap­plies to se­nior es­tate agents: they al­ways have ter­rific homes.

In 1989 Fin­tan Gunne’s Dublin es­tate agency busi­ness, which he had es­tab­lished at the start of the decade, was go­ing so well it was time for his wife Mau­reen and their young fam­ily to move down from Dun­dalk.

They wanted a new house, that was well lo­cated with good ac­cess to the city cen­tre and with plenty of space both in­side and out – the cou­ple would go on to have six chil­dren. An­other es­tate agent rec­om­mended to Fin­tan a new, ex­clu­sive gated devel­op­ment called Stone House on Stil­lor­gan Road just be­yond the Mon­trose Ho­tel.

Just in time they pur­chased num­ber 6, Wave­tree, the last of the seven houses to sell in the small, very pri­vate scheme. As the five-bed red­brick with 280sq m (3,000sq ft) of space was a new build they could make some changes be­fore mov­ing in.

In the large for­mal liv­in­groom that runs from the front to the rear of the house, they in­stalled an elab­o­rate tim­ber chim­ney­p­iece from Fin­tan’s fam­ily home in Dun­dalk and sourced an­other fine pe­riod chim­ney­p­iece from a bank for the other liv­ing room. The elab­o­rate pe­riod-style stair­case in the roomy en­trance hall, was de­signed to their spec­i­fi­ca­tions while a large bay win­dow was added at the rear.

Up­stairs, the Gunnes com­mis­sioned colour­ful stained-glass pan­els to go over each of the bed­room doors. They went on to com­mis­sion ce­ramic artist Laura O’Ha­gan to cre­ate a strik­ing tile splash­back for the Aga in the kitchen. They also got the builder to build a garage to the side – al­though there is pri­vate park­ing for sev­eral cars on the cob­ble­lock out­side the front door.

Fin­tan died trag­i­cally young, aged 50 in 1997, but Mau­reen and the fam­ily stayed on in the house – and she is now down­siz­ing from Wave­tree which sits on a sub­stan­tial quar­ter acre site.

With four re­cep­tion rooms, a large kitchen and sun­room, there is plenty of space and the lay­out seems par­tic­u­larly suit­able for large-scale en­ter­tain­ing.

Re­dec­o­rated and up­dated

The main rooms have clearly been re­dec­o­rated and up­dated many times over the years to bring them dec­o­ra­tively up to date and the tim­ber fit­ted-kitchen is a rel­a­tively new ad­di­tion. The large sun­room orig­i­nally had a glazed roof but that has been re­placed with a slate one to make it more com­fort­able year-round.

‘‘ They went on to com­mis­sion ce­ramic artist Laura O’Ha­gan to cre­ate a strik­ing tile splash­back for the Aga in the kitchen

Up­stairs, the main bed­room has an en suite and dress­ing room. The other bed­rooms are three dou­bles and a sin­gle and there are two fam­ily bath­rooms on this level . Down­stairs, there are two guest toi­lets and a large util­ity.

The gar­dens – with a south­west as­pect to the rear – are now ma­ture and pro­fes­sion­ally main­tained and as well as an ex­ten­sive lawned area there’s a large tim­ber deck. The ev­i­dence that the fam­ily are dog lovers is that a sec­tion of the gar­den has been sec­tioned off and paved as a dog-friendly area.

The Ber is C2 – a fair rat­ing for a very large 1980s house and prob­a­bly a re­flec­tion of the up­dat­ing and main­te­nance that has clearly gone on here.

Only two of the houses in the Stone House scheme have come on the open mar­ket since they were built in 1989 – a sign that fam­i­lies when move in they tend to like liv­ing there.

Wave­tree, 6 Stone House is for sale through Quillsen – for­merly Gunne – seek­ing ¤2 mil­lion. play

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