Family home on Cowper with a very Dublin 6 price

Four-bed semi at the Ranelagh end of the road

Thu, May 9, 2013, 01:00

Asking prices in parts of Dublin 6 are showing a distinct bullishness at the moment and 34 Cowper Road is coming to the market with a strong price of €1,800,000.

Sherry FitzGerald is selling the four-bedroom semi-detached house, which the owners bought in 1984 when they say there was little supply in this section of the Dublin market. The price now probably reflects a similar situation.

Built in 1927, the 207sq m (2,230sq ft) house is one of six matching homs on the Ranelagh end of Cowper Road.

They are smart looking redbrick family houses with bay windows in the living room and the main bedroom. Number 34 was originally a five-bedroom house but previous owners converted one of the front double bedrooms into a very large en suite bathroom for the main bedroom. The three other bedrooms are made up of two doubles and a large single and all are off a spacious landing that is bright thanks to the tall window in the gable wall.

The family bathroom was once two small rooms, as was usual when the house was built, but some time in the past they were knocked together to make a roomy bathroom with two windows.

Downstairs are two interconnecting reception rooms with fine fireplaces, a bay window to the front, and two windows at the back looking onto the garden.

The former kitchen is now a breakfastroom and cosy living room with access to the back garden. It opens into the kitchen which is in a single-storey extension built by previous owners – the kitchen units were updated in recent years but the layout feels a little dated. There is also a toilet off the hall.

While the house has clearly been carefully maintained over the years, and the decor throughout is lovely, new owners will probably knock the single storey extension and replace it with a more up-to-date, large eat-in kitchen.

The garden is of such a size that an extension won’t impact too much on it. A peek over the wall on either side shows that more recent owners have done just that. The garage to the side opens off the hall – when it was used to park a car it must have been a very civilised arrangement on a rainy day – and is now used as a utility room. New owners might do as others tend to do and convert it into a playroom or study.

The good-sized back garden – planted with flowers, shrubs and trees – is not overlooked to the rear and to one side are views of the decorative spires and rooftops of the nearby Mageough nursing home complex. There is also a patio outside the breakfast room.

There is off-street parking to the front, and the Luas stop is just at the end of the road.

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