Detached Clonskeagh four-bed in 1960s estate for €1,095,000

Spacious A-lined house with an attic room on a mature private plot with a carport


Houses in Ardilea estate don’t come up for sale very often. Built in the 1960s and inspired by housing in the US, in Clonskeagh, Dublin 14, the development, of mostly A-line-roofed houses, was Clonskeagh’s first.

The owner of 2 Heidelberg, Rory Cafolla, grew up on the estate and moved into number two, then a five-bed detached house, in 1987, three years after he got married. Together with his wife, Fíona, he ran Nostromo, a restaurant and function room on Lower Leeson Street on the site of Suzy Street, a boîte of some repute in the 1980s and 1990s. The premises closed last year.

The house has a small hall that opens into a large, open-plan living-cum-diningroom. The dual aspect room has plaster niches framing an 1860s marble fireplace that came from a house in Glenageary.

An arch leads to the Amtico-floored diningroom. Down the hall is a private study and a smaller sittingroom with a raised Le Droff open fireplace overlooking the back garden. The large L-shaped kitchen is floored with unhoned Crema Marfil and has acres of counter space (a tip Cafolla picked up from his catering days) and a Rangemaster Toledo double oven and five-ring gas hob. French doors open out to a patio area.

Upstairs are four roomy double bedrooms. The master has a large pale pink en suite in what was once a fifth bedroom.

A staircase leads to the attic room, which provides 37sq m (400sq ft) of additional space.

The house is set on a mature private plot, and has a cobblelock front with a carport. Theback garden faces north but its generous size means it gets evening sun, especially a raised deck area to the rear.

The 287sq m (3,000sq ft) house is asking €1.095 million through agents Hunters. Last November, number 4 Princeton, a similar-sized four-bedroom detached house nearby, was asking €995,000; it sold for €900,000 in February. Number 8 Ardilea Wood, a five-bed built in 2000 in a gated development, came to the market in March asking €1.25 million; it is still for sale with a reduced asking price of €1.15 million.

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