Be­tween the dock and the bay

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market -

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.

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