Dart­mouth of­fers op­tions

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 1.475m

For some years now num­ber 4 D a r t mo u t h Square in Ranelagh has proven an in­come-earner for its owner. The house, once lived in as a sin­gle fam­ily unit, was di­vided into a one-bed self-con­tained apart­ment at gar­den level for the owner who then let out the up­per level, a three-bed house. The stairs be­tween the two could eas­ily be re­in­stated, al­though the apart­ment was fit­ted out to such a high qual­ity – it’s all very mod­ern and stream­lined – it would be a big de­ci­sion for new own­ers to change that lay­out.

In the apart­ment, the dou­ble bed­room – with en suite – is to the front; there’s a small bath­room and at the rear is an open-plan liv­ing area. It was fit­ted two years ago with sleek grey kitchen units and a stone-topped break­fast-bar is­land on one side, while on the other is an open fire and plenty of space for a sofa and chairs.

Pan­elled hall

Tucked away off the pan­elled hall in this thought-through con­ver­sion are the wash­ing ma­chine and dryer fit­ted into a cus­tom-made cup­board. There is ac­cess from this level out to the gar­den which is rel­a­tively small – but the beau­ti­fully main­tainted square is to the front and it is now a hive of ac­tiv­ity es­pe­cially dur­ing the sum­mer.

These are tall houses with sev­eral steps up to the hall door so the gar­den level has good ceil­ing heights.

Up­stairs the house is be­ing viewed va­cant – the ten­ants are gone – but the ac­com­mo­da­tion is as ex­pected in this fine Vic­to­rian red­brick. Highly dec­o­ra­tive ceil­ing plas­ter­work is a fea­ture at hall level – in the in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms and en­trance hall – and there is the ex­pected list of pe­riod fea­tures in­clud­ing fine chim­ney­p­ieces, tall sash win­dows with shut­ters, fire­places in some bed­rooms, pol­ished floor­boards and a par­tic­u­larly at­trac­tive coloured glass win­dow on the land­ing. A kitchen was in­stalled in the rear re­cep­tion room which buy­ers might up­date or not de­pend­ing on taste.

Cher­ry­wood doors

A util­ity room is in the hall-floor re­turn. Up­stairs there are three dou­ble bed­rooms – the largest one to the rear has an en suite con­cealed be­hind a run of cher­ry­wood doors. At the top of the house in the back re­turn is the fam­ily bath­room.

In all, in­clud­ing the gar­den level, there is 195sq m (2,100sq ft) of space.

This side of the square backs on to a va­cant 1.7 acre site fronting onto the canal. That site is await­ing devel­op­ment. The pro­posed Metrolink is also ex­pected to im­pact on the west side of Dart­mouth Square al­though to what ex­tent is still not clear. Num­ber 4 Dart­mouth Square is f or s al e through DNG ask­ing ¤1.475 mil­lion.

Next door, num­ber 5 is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald ask­ing ¤1.425 mil­lion. It is in units so buy­ers for that prop­erty are likely to be quite dif­fer­ent from those chas­ing num­ber 4 given the amount of work and time re­quired to ei­ther bring that house back to sin­gle fam­ily oc­cu­pancy or to mod­ernise the units.

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