Five-year renovation of Ranelagh redbrick

Terraced house is on a quiet cul de sac just off Dunville Avenue with a small east-facing back yard and on-street parking


When the owner of number 8 Killeen Road in Ranelagh bought the redbrick terraced house five years ago the property had a lean-to kitchen to the rear. She gutted the house, installed new sash windows and added about 18sq m (200sq ft) to the size of the house, which now measures 112sq m (1,205sq ft).

There are Victorian-style chequerboard tiles in the hall, an old-fashioned combination of quarry tile red and yellow. To the left is the formal sittingroom, once two rooms but opened up by the time the owner bought the house in 2009. The ceiling coving is still evident in each room but just one fireplace remains.

Across the hall there is a family room which leads down into the galley-style kitchen where there are units down both sides of the room. Double doors from the kitchen lead out to the concrete flag-tile back yard, which is L-shaped and easterly in aspect. It gets the morning sun which diffuses through the glass doors into the kitchen.

The back yards on this side of the street are slightly larger than those on the other side which back on to the much larger properties on Palmerston Road but none could be considered sizeable.

There is pedestrian rear access to the lane behind the house

Upstairs the benefits of the small extension are very evident. The family bathroom is now on the stairs’ return. It has a bath cum shower and lots of natural light. Clever little hot-press cabinets have been built into the stairs to reap the heat benefits of being situated above the boiler.

The house has three double bedrooms, two with original fireplaces. The owner reconfigured the two front rooms, taking a slice of space from one double to create a master suite in the other. It has a walk-in closet and a shower en suite.

Lisney is asking €895,000 for the double-fronted red brick. Earlier this year number 30 Killeen Road, a double-fronted dramatically designed house, 1,400sq ft in size, at the top of the street, came to market asking €850,000 and made in excess of €1 million.

In late 2011 number four sold for €410,000. It came to market asking €420,000. In 2012 number five, a three-bedroom terraced house, 93sq metres (1,010sq ft) in size sold for €440,000 according to the Property Price Register. Both of these houses are similar in style, size and layout to number eight.

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