Cottage with chef’s kitchen
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.