Pickering classic in Cowper, Dublin 6, for €1.295 million
Five-bed 1930s semi-d with internal garage and located near the Luas
As it’s a stop on the Luas Green line, people are familiar with the name Cowper and there are several places in Ranelagh and Rathmines that bear it, including a road, a village and drive, and they tend to be lined with late Victorian or early 20th-century houses.
While there are some slightly older houses in Cowper Gardens, it was mostly completed in the early 1930s by the builder William Pickering who was very popular at the time. Number 6 Cowper Gardens is unusual in that only two families have lived there since it was built, with the current family moving in in 1941.
It’s not a road that sees a huge turnover in houses: this is only the second house to come on the open market since 1993. The five-bedroom house with 169sq m (1,820sq ft approx (including integral garage) is for sale by Sherry FitzGerald for €1.295m
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Maybe inspired by the lovely decorative work he did on nearby Park Road, Pickering added some interesting features to these houses, including a double front door, attractive stained glass, and a timber-railinged verandah. It is accessed from one of the bedrooms.
The internal garage, a very modern feature at the time, will now most likely be eyed up by buyers as a potential extra livingroom or extended kitchen.
Downstairs there are two interconnecting reception rooms, both with their original fireplaces, a small scullery-type kitchen and a downstairs WC.
Upstairs the five bedrooms – three doubles and two small singles – share the family bathroom and separate WC.
While it has obviously been upgraded and well maintained over the years – the old steel windows have been replaced and there’s central heating – in many ways it’s much the same as it was when it was built, particularly the bathroom and the kitchen.
Aside from the garage space there is scope to extend to the side as part of the renovation as there is a four-metre side lane which would avoid compromising the south-facing back garden.
There is off-street parking for one car – with potential to enlarge that too, and of course the Luas is nearby.