Between the dock and the bay
On a quiet Irishtown street, with trees and greenery to the front, 2 Bayview makes a gracious statement. Its handsome bay window and natty brickwork face the road to nearby Sandymount Strand. A quick left turn on the same road and you’re on the way to the Link bridge and Grand Canal Dock.
Bayview’s location was always desirable, even when the terrace – originally called Seaview – started going up in the mid-1800s. The name changed to Bayview around 1840, the terrace kept growing, and by 1865, when there were 14 houses, it had taken on the look it has today.
Number 2 was completely refurbished in 2008, including the roof and the windows, all under the supervision of a conservation architect. Number 2 sold for ¤561,500 in December 2013, and number 3 sold for ¤625,000 in May 2017, the property price register says. Agent Owen Reilly is now seeking ¤750,000 for 2 Bayview.
The generosity of space and high ceilings are notable in the formal drawing and diningrooms, bright hallway and airy bedrooms.
Design care is obvious in a rear kitchen/breakfastroom extension, a striking white-and-aqua family bathroom, and a reading oasis under a velux on the top floor. A rear patio-decking arr a n g e ment that gets the south-west sun is dazzlingly planted .
Original features have a central place, the refurbed bay window throws l i ght onto ori gi nal cast-iron fireplaces and palely van- ished floorboards in the reception rooms. A French door to the kitchen/breakfastroom allows for views to the inviting patio/garden.
The extension has a natural stone floor and long, feature skylight. The main, front-facing bedroom has a couple of sash windows. All three bedrooms have bespoke wardrobes.
The floor area is a generous 158sq m (1,724sq ft) over three levels, with interconnecting recept ion rooms ; kitchen/breakfastroom and guest toilet on the ground floor; two bedrooms and family bathroom on the first floor; a top floor third bedroom; and insulated attic.
Agent Owen Reilly sells a lot of stock in the area and says that, at ¤435 per sq ft (based on its 1,724sq ft measurement), number 2 is better value than new apartments in the locality. The average selling price in Sandymount is ¤700-800 per sq ft, while further up the road in Grand Canal Street the average is about ¤600 per sq ft.