Se­cluded cot­tage charm

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

Wood­view Cot­tages have charm, con­nec­tiv­ity and prox­im­ity to both Rath­farn­ham and Tem­pleogue vil­lages. They’re a few min­utes’ walk from a good shop­ping cen­tre and only across the road from Dod­der Val­ley Park, where there are acres of green space.

But what the gran­ite-fronted two-storey houses have in charm they tend to lack in space (even the ex­tended mid-ter­race units only mea­sure about 75sq m, the size of a two-bed apart­ment). Hunters Es­tate Agents has one such prop­erty on the mar­ket, ask­ing ¤395,000.

Num­ber 601, on the other hand, is an end-of-ter­race that has also been up­graded and re­mod­elled but also boasts a wrap­around gar­den. Its owner took ad­van­tage of the pri­vate west and south-fac­ing gar­den to ex­tend out into these spa­ces and cre­ate a home that now mea­sures 82sq m/890 sq ft, but feels much big­ger thanks to the sur­round­ing ex­ter­nal space. It also en­joys wood views, mainly high beech hedg­ing shield­ing the backs of the large houses on Fair­ways.

Room for en­ter­tain­ing

The house has am­ple room for en­ter­tain­ing with smoked oak floor­ing knit­ting to­gether the open plan ground level, which leads from a long rec­tan­gu­lar lounge, a dual-as­pect room with an in­set stove, through glass pan­elled in­ter­con­nect­ing doors to the kitchen.

This room takes in light on three sides and fea­tures a taste­ful grey coloured, in-frame kitchen. Hid­den from view is a guest toi­let, util­ity area and larder cup­board that some­one trad­ing down might have be­come used to in a far big­ger-sized prop­erty.

By con­trast, up­stairs has just one re­ally good-sized dou­ble bed- room and a wall of wardrobe stor­age. The sec­ond bed­room is re­ally a large sin­gle. You could fit a dou­ble in length­ways if you re­moved the built-in wardrobes but this is a room that the next owner could use as an of­fice cum guest room by in­stalling a sofa or wall bed.

Num­ber 601 is seek­ing ¤550,000 through agent DNG, and its real sell­ing point is the lev­els of pri­vacy it of­fers that other houses in this charm­ing es­tate do not.

Re­cent sales on the road in­clude num­ber 592, which came to mar­ket in the sum­mer of 2017 seek­ing ¤425,000. Also ex­tended, it mea­sures 82sq m/890sq ft, and sold for ¤465,000.

Num­ber 589, a mid-ter­race house of 71m/764sq ft, in need of up­grad­ing, sold in Jan­uary 2017 for ¤325,000, ac­cord­ing to the prop­erty price reg­is­ter

Num­ber 577 and num­ber 578 both sold last Novem­ber, the for­mer mak­ing ¤385,000, the lat­ter ¤160,000. Num­ber 598, a mid-ter­race prop­erty of 61sq m /662sq ft, came to mar­ket ear­lier this sea­son seek­ing ¤325,000 and has sold for its ask­ing price.

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