Likeable on Lad Lane

Two mews, one a bachelor pad on the aptly named Lad Lane, the other a family home on Heytesbury Lane, offer stylish living for city slickers

Thu, May 16, 2013, 01:00

A three-bedroom, well-designed bachelor pad mews gets an A plus for location. Asking €750,000, whether buyers want to compromise on light and garden space remains to be seen.

Number 29 Lad Lane is a well designed, modern three-bed duplex on Lad Lane, just off Lower Baggot Street, that harks back to a time when swish mews homes off residential city streets were the must-have. Built in 2006 it ticks many bachelor pad boxes and is ageing well but a design update is needed to merit its asking price. The photogenic property measures 186sq m (2000 sq ft) and is asking €750,000 through agents Hooke and MacDonald.

Entry is at first floor, opening into a very large hall, dark in ambiance and underutilised in terms of space. There is cherry-coloured laminate on the floors. A large utility room is situated off the hall.

There are three double bedrooms at this level. All have built-in wardrobes. The master bedroom is situated to the back and overlooks the rear of the Georgian building, the site where the apartments were built. Two of the three bedrooms have ensuite bathrooms which have some natural light thanks to the installation of roof lights.

Also on this floor is a large, double height living room that has a gas fuelled fire and feature windows that have been blinkered by the installation of venetian blinds, hung at different levels, darkening the already masculine space. One prospective buyer has already earmarked it as a games room but it would also work as a formal office because it has its own entrance.

A double height stairwell with a glazed roof fills the large open-plan space upstairs with light, although a wall of glass blocks diffuses quite a bit of that light. To the rear is a smart looking galley kitchen that is east-facing. A door off it leads out to a terrace that is perfectly situated to make the most of the morning sun but was windy on this occasion.

A large fold-back door allows you to close off the kitchen from the rest of the living area. The living-/diningroom is spacious and has a wall-mounted gas fire. The room is in need of a simple decorating upgrade to make it feel swish in the way a property like this should. Getting rid of the gauzy curtains on the wall of glazing would allow more light into the room, which is overlooked by just one small office.

The west-facing terrace, while oddly-shaped, is sheltered and gets the evening sun. It is in need of some planting and softening through decking or artificial grass to make it feel more like a proper addition to the property.

The property comes with off-street parking for one car.

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