House at Seapoint just the ticket
No 6 Ardenza Terrace is a tall gracious house overlooking a communal lawn which runs towards the Dart line at Seapoint
The road that leads into Ardenza Terrace is immediately adjacent to the pedestrian entrance to Seapoint Dart station, and is clearly marked “Private Grounds – Residents Only”. The tall, gracious houses look over a communal lawn which runs down towards the Dart line. A bridge with a locked gate – only residents hold its key – leads over the rail line to the rocky shore below. It’s a safe spot for swimming, one of the neighbours says, as we look up the coast to nearby Brighton Vale. Residents even have their own gate leading into Seapoint Dart station.
Number six, an executor sale through Savills for €1.395 million, was refurbished by its owners who bought it when it was in individual flats 40 years ago. Now it’s a family home with a separate basement flat. The house has the handsome period details of its era, especially noticeable in the entrance hall, with its arch, deep alcove and elaborate cornicing.
The bright interconnecting reception rooms to the left of the hall have deep mouldings and handsome fireplaces. Most windows in the house have been replaced with PVC windows, apart from the main reception rooms which are timber.
New owners will likely replace the 1970s-style kitchen and utility room at the back which opens onto outside steps down to the back garden. There are six bedrooms upstairs on two floors: on each floor two doubles at the front have those uninterrupted sea views; the doubles at the rear look over the back garden. These back rooms both have en suites; the other bedrooms have wash-hand basins. There is a modern family bathroom on the return.
The basement is a good-sized self-contained apartment with a large living room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. New owners wanting to do a noughties-style refurb could reinstate stairs from the ground floor to the basement with an eye to building a large modern kitchen opening onto the back garden.
The part lawn, part patio back garden leads to a shed/garage backing onto Seapoint Avenue that could, say the agent, be converted into parking. There is also parking for all eight houses on the small road running in front of the terrace.