Two well-presented, flowing family homes in Dublin 6W
A 1950s house beside Bushy Park in Terenure and a 1930s home down the road in Harold’s Cross have been done up in different styles but both are in good condition, writes ALANNA GALLAGHER
THIS FINE, four-bedroom, semi-detached home in Dublin 6W is on the edge of Bushy Park with its woodlands, Dodder walk, playing fields and the city’s first public skate park.
The house at 76 Rathdown Park in Terenure is well situated for families with children of school-going age. Terenure College is practically across the road and Our Lady’s School in Templeogue is a short walk away. Enrolling the kids in these schools would turn school run stresses into a walk in the park.
The 133sq m (1,435sq ft) property is selling for €895,000 through agents Sherry FitzGerald.
The house, built around 1956, has a good flow starting with a stylish oak parquet floored hall which has a decorative archway. Two interconnecting rooms, a dining room to the front and living room to the rear, span the house. The rooms have matching white marble fireplaces, timber floors, open fires and period-style detailing such as ceiling roses and coving. A set of double doors opens onto an Indian sandstone patio that runs the width of the property.
A door leads from the living room into the breakfast room where another set of doors leads out to the back garden. This room has a gas-inset fire with wrought iron surround.
The kitchen is in a decorative design in oak by French company Arthur Bonnet. It has grey granite countertops and window sills and ornamentally tiled splashbacks.
Off the kitchen there is a sizeable utility room and a second front door, handy for letting in kids grubby from games.
A mahogany staircase with brass rods and an impressive large stained glass window leads to the four bedrooms on the first floor.
The house has three doubles and one single bedroom. The single is to the rear. All have built-in wardrobes. The largest double is to the rear and has a mahogany surround fireplace with a gas inset. This feels like the main bedroom but it is the other double to the rear that has a shower en suite.
The black-and-white tiled family bathroom has a Jacuzzi and separate Grohe power-shower with body jets. This can also be used as a steam room. The attic is insulated and partly floored and is accessed via a set of Stira folding stairs.
The house is well presented with classic decor that won’t be suited to more contemporary tastes. A simple paint job would transform the feel of the rooms.
The south-facing garden ticks all family requirements. It is sheltered, protected by mature trees on three sides and feels very private. There are mature flower beds and a small sandstoned spot to the back where you can catch the sun.
The lawn is big enough to kick a ball around on and there’s a pond with a water feature for a gentle outdoor soundtrack. The garden is wired for lighting.