Im­proved for mod­ern tastes

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

De­scrip­tion: Ex­tended, modernised five-bed semi in Sandy­cove with a long back gar­den Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald A house in sub­ur­ban Sandy­cove has been a happy home for a cou­ple and their four chil­dren for more than 30 years: there was a tree-house, tram­po­line and zip wire in the back gar­den, and a play­room off the front hall. Now the chil­dren are grown and Num­ber 4 Dun­dela Park is in walk-in con­di­tion, freshly painted and dec­o­rated in neu­tral creams and whites; the back gar­den has colour­ful flower beds be­side a long man­i­cured lawn.

The cou­ple who own it modernised the house, which had been in two flats, when they first moved in in the 1980s. In 2004 they added a ma­jor ex­ten­sion at the back, cre­at­ing an open-plan kitchen/lounge/din­ingroom, with three sets of French win­dows open­ing onto a very large deck, a new main bed­room above it and a fifth bed­room in the at­tic .

They also added a fea­ture you sel­dom see – an up­stairs util­ity room. Up­stairs is where the laun­dry is, says the owner, oth­er­wise “you only bring it down to bring it back up”.

The 240sq m (2,583sq ft) five-bed semi near the cor­ner of El­ton Park and Dun­dela Park is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald for ¤1.375 mil­lion.

A long draw­ing room, open­ing through glazed dou­ble doors on the left of the front hall, has fit­ted book­shelves, two match­ing sand­stone fire­places and bi-fold glass doors open­ing into the bright din­ing space, with two glass atrium roof win­dows.

The open-plan kitchen/liv­ing/ din­ingroom, like the hall, has a beige tiled-floor. The kitchen, from Alan Brown De­sign, has a large is­land unit, which like the coun­ter­tops, has a pol­ished black granite sur­face. An Aga is set into a mo­saic-tiled chim­ney breast.

A room on the right of the front door was once the play­room, and now it is a study with fit­ted cup­boards. The down­stairs toi­let has stone tiles.

Up­stairs on the first floor are four dou­ble bed­rooms, all with fit­ted wardrobes by Alan Brown and a fully-tiled fam­ily bath­room. The main bed­room is a large dou­ble over­look­ing the back gar­den with fully tiled en suite.

Steep stairs lead up to a fit­ted out at­tic bed­room with shower en suite.

The railed out­side deck steps down into the long back gar­den, made pri­vate by high hedges. There is room to park a few cars in the grav­elled front gar­den

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