Cot­tage with chef’s kitchen

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doors. On the other side of the hall there is a very bright study or den to the front.

To the rear is the kitchen, where in-frame units with mar­ble printed quartz coun­ter­tops have been sup­plied in a French grey by Nolan Kitchens. The ap­pli­ance pack­age in­cludes Elec­trolux dou­ble ovens, dish­washer, full-size larder fridge and a sim­i­lar-size freezer, Pando slide-back ex­trac­tor fan and a 35-bot­tle wine fridge. There is a sep­a­rate util­ity room where the units are vanilla gloss.

In these homes four of the five bed­rooms are lo­cated on the first floor, ac­cessed by a smart stair­case that Elaine Ger­ard of Elk In­te­ri­ors has dec­o­rated with pan­elling in­set with mir­rors. The mas­ter is to the front of the house and has a small, walk-through wardrobe and a smart en suite.

The fifth bed­room is on the sec­ond floor, and is dual as­pect thanks to its dormer win­dow to the front and a roof light to the rear. This room also il­lus­trates to would-be buy­ers of the four-bed­room units how the room could be con­verted.

Prices for the five-bed houses, of which there are five, range from ¤1.05 mil­lion to ¤1.2 mil­lion. Rialto Cot­tages is a se­ries of pretty sin­gle-storey ar­ti­san homes that are part of the orig­i­nal fab­ric of the area and are sit­u­ated within a minute’s walk of the red line Luas Rialto stop.

Set in three cres­cents, each looks onto a small com­mu­nal green. The one hous­ing num­ber 47, a one-bed, mid-ter­race prop­erty, looks out on a Mar­ian shrine housed in a glass box. When the cur­rent own­ers, for­mer chef turned food en­tre­pre­neur Ea­mon Leahy and his part­ner bought the house in 2014, pay­ing ¤60,000 (not the full mar­ket value, ac­cord­ing to the prop­erty price reg­is­ter), it mea­sured 47sq m (505 sq ft).

With the help of an ar­chi­tect they re­con­fig­ured the prop­erty, adding 7sq m to the size, bring­ing it to 54sq m (581sq ft).

Leahy worked as head chef at Brother Hub­bard for sev­eral years and prior to that at Miche­lin-starred L’Écrivain be­fore set­ting up Pi­ply, a healthy food de­liv­ery ser­vice. He in­stalled a very smart, min­i­mal­ist chef’s kitchen that opens out to a very small north-fac­ing yard.

Aside from the dual fuel five-burner Range­mas­ter pro­fes­sional, the space is low on stor­age and shows just how pared-back this en­gine room can be. It has a Belfast-style sink and lam­i­nate work­tops with two con­trast­ing colours used on the presses: a slate grey on the be­low-counter units and a robin’s egg blue on those un­der the stairs. These clev­erly con­ceal a dish­washer and wash­ing ma­chine.

What the room lacks is space for Leahy’s vast cook­book col­lec­tion of more than 100 ti­tles. It is one of the rea­sons the cou­ple is trad­ing up.

The pair in­vested in triple-glazed win­dows and op­ti­mised the hid­den ad­di­tional space in the roof by cre­at­ing a very smart at­tic room, ac­cessed via a steep set of ply­wood stairs con­nected to the ex­te­rior wall.

The cou­ple use this up­stairs space as a lounge and added pa­tio doors to bring light in and to ac­cess a small but per­fectly formed roof ter­race that, while north-fac­ing, gets morn­ing and evening light.

The prop­erty is seek­ing ¤300,000 and the cou­ple have opted to sell it them­selves in a bid to avoid es­tate agent fees.

Within the same group of cot­tages and on the same side of the street, num­ber 54, an­other one-bed house, this one end-of-ter­race, and 38sq m (409sq ft) in size, is also for sale. It is seek­ing ¤220,000 through agent Sher­ryFitzGer­ald, who is also sell­ing num­ber 12 – a far larger prop­erty of 68sq m (731sq ft) with nine ad­di­tional me­tres of at­tic room space – seek­ing ¤325,000.

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