Down by the Dod­der

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

A house by the side of a river is a fine thing. A house on the side of the river Dod­der, 26km long and pass­ing through no less than 11 Dublin sub­urbs, is espe­cially well lo­cated.

Lower Dod­der Road’s var­ied houses run along­side the river as it goes into Rath­farn­ham, over­look­ing a river­side walk di­rectly in front and, on the op­po­site bank, high, densely grow­ing trees.

The Lower Dod­der Road houses come in a va­ri­ety of de­signs and ages. Num­ber 39, a de­tached bun­ga­low with a cou­ple of wide bay win­dows to the front, was built in 1932. The lay­out is typ­i­cal of a bun­ga­low of its kind, with bright, high­ceilinged rooms, a cen­tral hall­way and kitchen to the rear. Ac­cess at ei­ther side is a boon, as is a shel­tered, lawned, south-fac­ing rear gar­den await­ing a green-fin­gered new owner.

A new owner will most likely mod­ernise, prob­a­bly by ex­tend­ing the kitchen and in­cor­po­rat­ing the ex­ist­ing garage to the side.

The job will be made eas­ier by the ex­is­tence of ap­proved plan­ning per­mis­sion to in­crease the liv­ing space from its present 124sq m (1,337sq ft) to a good-sized 216sq m (2,325sq ft). The garage would be ad­di­tional.

Raised pa­tio

Agent Lis­ney is look­ing af­ter the sale and ask­ing ¤695,000. Num­ber 42 Lower Dod­der Road sold for ¤732,000 just a year ago, 48 sold for ¤800,000 ear­lier this year.

The front, bay win­dowed rooms to ei­ther side of the hall are cur­rently in use as bed­rooms. Large, light-filled and sim­i­lar in de­sign, they have pic­ture rails. One has a ma­hogany sur­round fire­place while the other, slightly larger room, has a fire­place with a more elab­o­rate ma­hogany and mar­ble sur­round.

A third bed­room has a win­dow to the side, the fourth over­looks the rear gar­den.

There are two bath­rooms, both with nat­u­ral light. One has a bath-plus-shower, the other a shower only.

A glass door in the fit­ted, work­ing kitchen opens on to a raised pa­tio with space enough to dine, weather per­mit­ting. The liv­in­groom has a wall of win­dow and door to the rear 21m (68ft) long gar­den.

An ap­ple tree to the side is still hang­ing on to large, edi­ble ap­ples. There is am­ple off- street park­ing to the front.

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