Full marks at for­mer school for ¤2.25m

Vic­to­rian ter­race with sea views was bought from fam­ily of the late teacher Eileen Sin­nott who taught gen­er­a­tions of pre-school­ers here

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Front Page - Frances O’Rourke

AVic­to­rian house in Sandy­cove, Co Dublin, fa­mil­iar to gen­er­a­tions of pre-school­ers who at­tended Eileen Sin­nott’s playschool there, has been ex­tended and ren­o­vated since new own­ers bought the prop­erty in 2002.

Num­ber 1 Cliff Ter­race, Br­effni Road is a 278sq m (2,992sq ft) two-storey-over-base­ment four-bed house – one of three on a ter­race built around 1850 – and it is now for sale for ¤2.25 mil­lion. Lo­cated on the main Sandy­cove to Dalkey road close to the junc­tion with Castlepark Road, the house has views of the sea from the rear of the prop­erty.

The cur­rent ven­dor – a reg­u­lar swim­mer at the nearby Forty Foot who had al­ways wanted to live in Sandy­cove – bought the house from the late Eileen Sin­nott’s fam­ily (who had lived there for 50 years) in 2002 and set about ren­o­vat­ing it in 2006.

The house was ex­tended to the rear, cre­at­ing space for a liv­in­groom at base­ment level and a con­ser­va­tory above it. The en­tire base­ment area is a mod­ern space with a beige-tiled floor open­ing onto a pa­tio that wraps around the house at the back.

Orig­i­nal fea­tures

Rooms on the ground and first floor have orig­i­nal fea­tures, such as elab­o­rate plas­ter­work in the front hall and stripped and pol­ished floor­boards. Walls are freshly painted in soft, neu­tral shades, and the en­tire prop­erty has been staged for sale by FitOut In­te­ri­ors. The over­all im­pres­sion is of a house in walk-in con­di­tion.

In­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms to the left of the front hall, con­nected by dou­ble doors, show­case match­ing mar­ble fire­places. The re­cep­tion room on the right now ac­com­mo­dates a long Chalon de­sign kitchen with a Traver­tine-tiled floor.

This in turn opens at the end into a bright con­ser­va­tory – de­scribed as an or­angery – which op­er­ates as the din­ingroom.

The kitchen is smart, with a tim­ber-topped is­land unit, mar­ble fire­place, cream Aga and cream kitchen units.

The din­ing room/or­angery opens onto a glazed bal­cony from which stairs lead down to the gar­den.

On the first floor, past a tall, arched land­ing win­dow, there are three bed­rooms. The large main bed­room runs from the

‘‘ Eileen Sin­nott’s for­mer playschool has been ex­tended and ren­o­vated since new own­ers bought the prop­erty in 2002

front to the rear of the house.

It has pol­ished tim­ber floors, a large fire­place and views of the sea: some will fondly re­mem­ber this as the room at the heart of Eileen’s playschool.

Now it has a very smart en suite with a step-in rain­wa­ter shower and stone wash-hand basin. There’s another smart shower room off the main land­ing.

French win­dows

The two other bed­rooms off the land­ing are, un­usu­ally, con­nected by glazed French win­dows; the room at the front could po­ten­tially be re­con­fig­ured as a dress­in­groom or study. The bed­room at the back has views of the sea.

Ac­com­mo­da­tion in the sub­stan­tial base­ment space in­cludes a util­ity room, a large smart fam­ily bath­room with shower and free­stand­ing claw­foot bath, a dou­ble bed­room with French win­dows open­ing onto the pa­tio, a large home of­fice and a fur­ther two liv­in­grooms con­nected through a deep arch.

The smaller of the two is de­scribed as a cin­ema room – it has a large wall-mounted TV – while the larger is de­scribed as the day­room

. It has been at­trac­tively decorated with a fea­ture wall of black-and-white wall­pa­per de­pict­ing va­ri­eties of Ir­ish trees, and French doors lead­ing out to the paved pa­tio.

Out­side, there’s room for a large din­ing ta­ble on the pa­tio, and gar­den light­ing il­lu­mi­nates the steps lead­ing up to the lawn. The gran­ite-walled back gar­den is pri­vate and boun­ti­ful with ap­ple, pear and plum trees.

There is room to park a cou­ple of cars in the grav­elled front gar­den.

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