Light, space and a view of the sea for €2.3m

This elegant Victorian house in Sandycove is a stone’s throw from the harbour

Thu, Apr 10, 2014, 11:04

It’s seven years since 5 Ballygihen Avenue in the south Dublin suburb of Sandycove last came on the market and now those new owners are on the move again and so the four bedroom, Victorian terraced house is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald for €2.3 million.

A big selling point for this large 265sq m (2,850sq ft) house is its proximity to the sea – it’s just at the end of the road and the window seat in the upstairs bay window is a lovely spot for enjoying the sea view. It’s a particularly bright house helped by the wide hall with its limed, wide-plank flooring, the high ceilings on both levels and the tall sash windows throughout. The work done by the current owners has brought even more light in – they added a mostly glazed extension on the back, French windows from the living room out to the back garden and decorated throughout with soft bright colours, mostly shades of blue and grey.

The house dates from 1848 and originally there would have been four large, almost square rooms at hall level. These rooms have been opened up so that there are now two interconnecting rooms on either side of the hall.

On the right are the more formal livingrooms, each with a white marble fireplace and a new oak floor. They are now connected by folding doors and the back room has a French window, with glazed panels on either side, out to the garden.

On the left of the hall is a more everyday family space. The two rooms have been knocked through, with new folding doors installed in place of the wall, and the front is a family room with a wood burning stove in the original marble fireplace, while the back room is the kitchen. It has been fitted out with bespoke, painted timber units along two walls and a large island unit topped with black stone in the middle.

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The extension at the rear off the kitchen makes space for an informal diningroom and a sunroom, both opening out to the back garden.

Halfway up the stairs on the return is an open-plan room used as a home office. Further up there are four bedrooms, two very large, the main one has a deep bay window as well as a sash window. It has a newly redesigned en suite. The family bathroom is very smart with blue metro tiles, contemporary fittings and a skylight.

The landscaped back garden at 13 metres deep is relatively small given the size of the house – it’s the only compromise prospective buyers in this ready-to-walk into family-friendly house will have to think about.

There is off-street parking out front for two cars and pedestrian acess from the back garden out on to a lane.

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