Family friendly in Terenure for €1.295million

This Edwardian-style house, built in the 1950s, is within walking distance of a choice of schools

Thu, Apr 3, 2014, 10:59

Hyde Park in London is one of the best known of eight Royal parks in the British capital.

Dublin has two Hyde Park addresses – albeit on a more modest scale – one in Dalkey, the other a quiet cul de sac just off Fortfield Road in Dublin 6W.

Situated just minutes from Bushy Park and non-fee-paying Pius the 10th National School and secondary schools Terenure College and Our Lady’s School, the location is suitable for families.

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Number 12 is a detached, four-bedroom house built in the early 1950s that has been extensively remodelled by the current owners over the course of their 30-year tenure under the watchful eye of architect Gerry Cahill.

Fifteen years ago, Cahill gave the house an Edwardian feel, adding bay windows to the front and sides to introduce light from every direction. This is most evident in original interconnecting sitting and dining rooms where the latter, now a middle room, remains a bright space thanks to the bay window added to the northern side of the house.

Double doors lead from the diningroom to a cosy sittingroom that overlooks the extensive back garden, which is 18m (60ft) wide by 12m (40ft) long and faces north-west.

The kitchen is on two levels, a work area with black granite countertops and an induction hob overlooks a lower eat-in area with a pitched ceiling and sliding doors out to the garden.

The owners changed all the internal doors to American oak solid doors and turned the already converted garage into a swish study.

Upstairs the house remains a four-bedroom property, albeit one with three very fine double bedrooms and a single that is big enough to fit a double bed.

The master bedroom annexed the original boxroom turning it into a sizeable en suite bathroom with separate shower and bath.

The house, now 219sq m (2,360sq ft), is asking €1.295 million through agents SherryFitzGerald.

The same agents sold number 15 Hyde Park, a five-bedroom house of 204sq m (2,200sq ft) last December for €950,000, according to the property price register, 11 per cent more than its €850,000 asking price.

Number 12 is a house of a similar size, and while the asking price of €1.295 million is still not the mad money of the boom, when number 14, Auburn, sold after auction in 2008 for more than its AMV of €2.25 million, it is still a leap of faith in a very short period.

Out front there is off-street parking for two cars on the gravelled path which borders a lawned front where a mature cherry blossom tree has pride of place.

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