Family attraction in Ranelagh

Thu, Feb 7, 2013, 00:00

Dublin 6 €795,000There's plenty of interest, especially among young families, in this house on the popular road where For Sale signs are in short supply

The open viewing at 12 Moyne Road on Saturday was busy with mostly young couples trailing two or three small children, and some older people, possibly with an eye to trading down or maybe on a recce for their own house-hunting grown-up children.

A busy viewing in Ranelagh on a bright Saturday morning is not entirely surprising given that family houses with a For Sale sign in the area are in scarce supply.

This four-bed, redbrick terraced house of 167.2sq m (1,800sq ft) is for sale by Sherry FitzGerald for €795,000. It's a strong price given that the few recent sales on the very popular Moyne Road have been in the €600,000 range - though they possibly needed work and were a different size, so direct comparisons are not possible.

Number 12 is a well-maintained comfortable house that could easily be lived in without any work at all - an attractive feature for families who don't want the extra expense or hassle.

The period details have been maintained and the house hasn't been extended and so follows its original footprint of two good sized interconnecting reception rooms downstairs with eat-in kitchen in the back return.

French doors open from the back reception room out to the garden. The house is three storeys at the rear and, thanks to the larger than expected return, the terraced house looks quite modest from the front. It has four good sized bedrooms with two bathrooms.

As is usual in these period houses, the large main bedroom is at the front and is particularly attractive with its high ceilings, matching sash windows and original fireplace.

New owners will probably change some elements, particularly the bathrooms - their coloured suites suggest they were installed when the current owners moved in in the 1980s - and may also opt to update the kitchen. Its pine units are well planned and functional but have fallen out of fashion.

They also may take on the larger task of extending the kitchen to the side - a popular option in these Victorian houses. There's no energy rating (BER) because this is a protected structure. The gardens, both front and back have been mostly paved or gravelled for easy maintenance.

Parking is on street and, as this house is at the busy end of Moyne Road, that can be scarce at times, although the Luas is a couple of minutes walk away, so a car might not be an absolute necessity.

12 Moyne Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Description: Four-bedroom redbrick terraced house in the heart of Ranelagh measuring 167.2sq m (1,800sq ft)

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald