Eau so chic with sea views

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Two apart­ments merged into one in a pe­riod prop­erty with dra­matic views. Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald 115 Strand Road, a pe­riod house built in 1836 by the Earl of Pem­broke was, along with its neigh­bour num­ber 113, con­verted into apart­ments in 1989 by a lo­cal de­vel­oper.

Num­bers 11 and 12, which are now merged into one 109sq m (1,173sq ft) unit are home to mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions con­sul­tant Lita Notte. “We bought num­ber 11 17 years ago and when num­ber 12 came up for sale seven years ago, it made sense to buy it and merge the two to­gether, but in do­ing so we de­cided to do it in a way that they can eas­ily be re­turned to two units,” she says.

Over­seen by ar­chi­tect Elaine Mahoney, the only tell-tale that the space was once two units is the fact that there are two doors, stand­ing side by side at the top of the stairs – the apart­ment takes up the en­tire top floor of the building al­low­ing dra­matic views of Dublin Bay.

In­te­ri­ors of the three-bed apart­ment were de­signed by Eoin Lyons, who cre­ated clever stor­age so­lu­tions through­out, and an im­pres­sive bath­room fea­tur­ing a free-stand­ing bath. “The look I wanted was that of a Parisian apart­ment in a pe­riod building,” says Notte.

The merger al­lows for one large liv­ing-cum-din­ing room with 3-me­tre sash win­dows over­look­ing the strand in Sandy­mount.

In its cur­rent lay­out the third bed­room, which is a sin­gle – the oth­ers are dou­ble – is used as a home of­fice, which also has sea views.

The prop­erty, which re­tains all its pe­riod de­tails with the ex­cep­tion of the fire­place – which now houses a gas unit – has two des­ig­nated car spa­ces to the rear; there is also park­ing along the road for guests.

Sail­ing boats

Notte, who is mov­ing to Car­ling­ford ini­tially with a move to France on the hori­zon de­scribes the beach as her front gar­den: “It’s beau­ti­ful in all weather, a dif­fer­ent colour ev­ery day – and you know when sum­mer is ar­riv­ing when the sail­ing boats are out on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings.”

The prop­erty, in turnkey con­di­tion, will suit down­siz­ers who wish to be close to a vil­lage, live in a pe­riod house and have su­perb sea views. The apart­ment could also be re­turned to two units and rental in­comes are high in the area – a stu­dio on the ground floor of the building has just been let for ¤1,500 per month. The three-bed­room apart­ment is on the mar­ket through Sherry FitzGer­ald with an ask­ing price of ¤775,000.

‘‘ The look I wanted was that of a Parisian apart­ment in a pe­riod building

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