Former detached showhouse in Clonskeagh which is still looking good

8 Ardilea Wood, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14


When Cosgraves first launched its Ardilea Wood development in 2000 the large redbrick houses were the first properties in the country to command an asking price of £1million. The houses had sealed bids and sold in a matter of weeks. In 2006 these properties changed hands for as much as €3.5 million.

Thirteen years after the number eight first came to market, as the development’s showhouse, the five-bedroom detached property is asking €1.25 million through agent Owen Reilly.

The 260 square metre former showhouse is looking good. The décor is in need of a repaint but former models go this is the Twiggy of showhouses, a property with good bones that has lost none of its lustre.

In its day the property featured the best of new materials and they have proven their worth. Its Shaker-style kitchen still looks good 13 years after its installation. Adjoining the kitchen is a lovely bright breakfast room – a great place for the family to gather. To the front is a family room with a box bay window, a cherrywood floor and a marble surround fireplace.

On the other side of the hall there are two reception rooms. A really bright dining room to the rear has sliding doors that lead out to the patio. The front sitting room has a lovely round window accent.

The house comes with a bone fide office that overlooks the back garden. It is bright with plenty of storage and shelving and feels like a proper room rather than an annexed afterthought.

On the first floor there are five roomy bedrooms. The master is to the front of the house and has access to a decorative but narrow, east-facing, balcony. It has a shower en suite bathroom, built in wardrobes and a trouser press, one of the only mod cons that didn’t make the transition to the 21st century.

A spiral staircase leads up to the second floor where there is a sizeable attic room, currently laid out as a bedroom with an appealing under-the-eaves ensuite bathroom and plenty of storage.

The house has a small but perfectly formed west-facing back garden.