A lit­tle Italy in Gle­nageary

Bright, white cul-de-sac home, gut­ted by its Ital­ian own­ers, is packed with de­sign flair

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE 1.375m

De­scrip­tion: Four-bed semi in sub­ur­ban cul-de-sac com­pletely re­vamped with Ital­ian flair Agent: Hun­ters A white curv­ing stair­case at the cen­tre of a semi-de­tached house in a sub­ur­ban cul-de-sac is just one of the de­sign sur­prises hid­den be­hind the front door of 24 St Catherine’s Park, Gle­nageary, Co Dublin. When Roberta Gio­vac­chini and Diego Franzin bought the 1950s sub­ur­ban prop­erty in 2013, they hired Ir­ish/Ital­ian ar­chi­tect An­dré Ne­gri to ex­tend and ren­o­vate it.

The re­sult is a bright com­fort­able fam­ily home with de­sign features that are both sub­tle and strik­ing.

These in­clude a pale Ital­ian mar­ble kitchen coun­ter­top that runs seam­lessly into a shelv­ing unit in the liv­in­groom; Cape Cod-style wain­scot pan­elling on some walls in­spired by the fam­ily’s years liv­ing in New Eng­land; and spar­ing but dra­matic use of colour to con­trast with the mostly all-white rooms, all floored with pol­ished wide-plank dark teak.

Most dra­matic of all are the stairs and the liv­in­groom ex­ten­sion, which is built at an an­gle at the back of the house.

Now the cou­ple and their two daughters are mov­ing home to Mi­lan af­ter 20 years abroad in Ire­land and the US, and sell­ing their 202sq m (2,181sq ft) four-bed with a large back gar­den.

The buy­ers will prob­a­bly be peo­ple who like the clean mod­ern style and fur­nish­ings – many of which may be in­cluded in the sale – de­signed to com­ple­ment the house.

Num­ber 24 St Catherine’s Park, Gle­nageary, Co Dublin is for sale through Hun­ters for ¤1.375 mil­lion.

The house was ef­fec­tively gut­ted in the ren­o­va­tion, with ar­chi­tect An­dré Ne­gri of Stu­dio Ne­gri in Dublin com­pletely re­build­ing the in­te­rior.

The lay­out now is fairly sim­ple, with two smart in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms with built-in book­cases and shelv­ing to the right of the front hall, a smart down­stairs toi­let and stor­age room on the left and at the end of the hall, a very large open-plan kitchen/liv­in­groom/din­ingroo m open­ing onto the back pa­tio.

The open-plan back of the house is ex­tremely bright, with the U-shaped kitchen in one cor­ner fac­ing the front gar­den. It’s a smart, ef­fi­cient space with Hafele units and Miele ap­pli­ances; a tall white wooden ta­ble at the edge of the kitchen was de­signed specif­i­cally for this house; as Diego says, the house is all of a piece. The mar­ble kitchen coun­ter­top con­tin­ues down the side of the last kitchen unit across the floor and up onto the liv­in­groom shelves, which also in­cor­po­rate a built-in glass-fronted wood-burn­ing fire­place.

The white wooden stairs lead around a curved wall to the bright first floor land­ing, which has built-in seat­ing con­ceal­ing stor­age be­side win­dows look­ing across to Killiney Hill.

There are four bed­rooms and a util­ity room next to the fam­ily bath­room.

Both this bath­room, the main bed­room en suite and down­stairs toi­let are very smart, fully tiled and with stone san­i­tary ware.


Mi­lanese in­te­rior designer Cris­tiana Perego de­signed the bed­rooms, which all have fit­ted wardrobes. Each bed­room has one wall painted a vivid colour, the other three, white: a sim­ple 2cm-deep white border painted around a coloured wall is an at­trac­tive de­sign fea­ture.

The 17.1sq m (184sq ft) at­tic (not in­cluded in the over­all size) on the top floor is a bright, airy sit­tin­groom/guest room with two deep Velux win­dows.

The large back lawn, shel­tered by high hedges, is filled with ap­ple and pear trees; two stone paths on ei­ther side lead up to a well-fit­ted Shomera, which has a small shower and kitch­enette. There are veg­eta- ble beds at the bot­tom of the gar­den and be­side the pa­tio, a small grapevine.

There is room to park sev­eral cars at the front of the house, next to a grassy round­about at the bot­tom of St Catherine’s Park, a cul-de-sac of 30 houses. It’s a short walk to Gle­nageary Dart sta­tion from here in one di­rec­tion and into Dalkey vil­lage at the other.

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