Rooms with a view off Sorrento Road
DALKEY €885,000:SHENANDOAH, a three-storey house in the heart of Dalkey, isn’t actually on Sorrento Road as the agents have it. It’s just off it, on Sorrento Court, a cul-de-sac that’s parallel to Knocknacree Road.It is, however, an impressive-looking Victorian house within a short walk of Dalkey village and with fine sea views from all front rooms.
The family home, with four bedrooms and 2,200sq ft, is for sale by DNG for €885,000.
It is semi-detached – the house next door, called Prince Patrick, sold this time last year at auction for €927,000 and that house is double the size of Shenandoah and came with a two-bed bungalow. It needed complete modernisation and by the looks of things, that job appears to be almost complete.
Prince Patrick opens out on to Knocknacree Road because sometime in the past it looks as though the garden in front of both these houses was sold off and a smart-looking modern house was built – not that it gets in the way of the view as the old houses are so high up.
Shenandoah has a grand exterior but a more modest interior. Inside at hall level there are two reception rooms, and a small eat-in kitchen that opens out on to a back yard.
There is no basement as you might expect as the house was built into the hill. Upstairs on the first-floor return the family have built a small sunroom and a good-sized, timber-clad deck.
Up again and they converted the large back bedroom into a bathroom while the bedroom at the front is the largest of the four. The three other bedrooms are up another flight of stairs.
Gardens belonging to Dalkey’s older houses can be a little higgledy-piggledy and this is no exception.
There is a small sloping patch of lawn high up at the back, accessed via the terrace outside the sunroom on the first-floor return, and also by a spiral staircase from the yard below. Not perhaps an option that will appeal to families with very young children.
This has obviously been a comfortable family home, but whoever buys it will undoubtedly do a considerable amount of work renovating, reorganising the space and maybe extending as next door has done.
There is off-street parking for a car at the front.
Shenandoah, Sorrento Road, Dalkey
Description: Victorian house a short walk from Dalkey village with sea views from front rooms