Luxury Blackrock upgrade has a secret to tell for €1.395m

Behind this Blackrock property’s unassuming exterior is a stylish refurbishment, with feminine curves, Tom Dixon lighting, Corian worktops and a hidden upper floor

Thu, Jul 24, 2014, 01:00

Tucked away in a mature development off Carysfort Avenue, Number 88 Carysfort Downs started life as a far more modest version of its current self. The large property was substantially upgraded three years ago and it now feels like there’s room for every member of the family to find a decent space of their own and still cohabit in harmony.

The renovation work was carried out with architect John Duffy. In the kitchen the owner added curved mink gloss units, with Corian worktops, designed by Drogheda-based Mcauley Kitchens. Above the breakfast bar hangs a striking array of large pendant lights by designer Tom Dixon that echo the curved line of the counter. A high pebble-effect splashback adds texture to the back wall.

This room overlooks the walled back garden, which though modest, is south-facing and is accessed through sliding glass doors. A huge mature fir tree dominates and a water feature lends atmosphere. The space feels bright and yet private.

 

Sandstone fireplace

Off the kitchen the adjoining den is another inviting room. With two glass walls overlooking the garden and a feature fireplace that adds warmth, there’s direct access outdoors via sliding doors.

There is a more formal livingroom which has a classic sandstone fireplace at its heart, while across the hall at the other end of the property is the diningroom, currently furnished with a round dining table large enough to accommodate 10.

New walnut doors have been installed throughout. A staircase in the same wood with a wrought-iron balustrade, designed by Geraghty Joinery in Co Galway, curves upwards to a galleried landing off which there are four bedrooms. Hanging from the high space is another set of Tom Dixon lights, this time his very popular copper shades.

Two of the four double bedrooms share an en-suite bathroom, what estate agents refer to as Jack and Jill bedrooms. The master bedroom has a large walk-in wardrobe with natural light and a luxurious en suite with a Jacuzzi bath big enough to fit an entire family, a separate shower and twin sinks. All the bathrooms have underfloor heating.

 

Secret floor

A real highlight of the house, which measures a substantial 268sq m (2,885sq ft), is a secret second floor, accessed via an oak staircase hidden behind one of the walnut doors. The marvellous vaulted room runs the length of the house and has a pair of triangular windows through which light pours. It is currently used as an office and home gym but would make extremely luxurious accommodation for an au pair as it has an adjoining bathroom.

The house is well insulated with a B2 Ber rating and is asking €1.395 million through agent Sherry FitzGerald.

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