Seaside chic in Clontarf
Three-bed double-fronted Regency house with views of Dublin Bay
Across from the promenade, hidden from view on a bend in Clontarf Road and just beyond Vernon Avenue, is a double-fronted property that bridges the Regency and Victorian periods.
Sea Haven dates from 1836 and has sea views from all its front windows. The property was modernised by its current owners in 2009.
A low-maintenance front garden, inspired by the seaside leads to the front door with original stained-glass panels. Inside is a hall with understated ceiling plasterwork and polished marble tiles that extend throughout the ground floor.
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To the left is a library with an open fireplace. An internal opaque window divides the front library from the middle downstairs room, the kitchen. The cream painted design by Huenna Kitchens has granite worktops and an island set on wheels with a brake.
Also on this floor is a large utility room, guest wc and a diningroom that could be reconfigured for use as a bedroom.
The kitchen leads through to a secluded sunroom with roof lights and two walls of concertina glazing that fold back to open up the space to the outside, where a large northwest-facing granite paved terrace borders the sunroom. It has a pergola for dining under and a seated area designed around a gas-mains fire pit that has been turned into a granite-topped table. The set-up, the owners say, makes friends feel like they’re on holidays when they visit.
The 178sq m (1,916sq ft) property asking €985,000 through agents DNG.
A feature window on the return overlooks the garden and leads the eye upstairs. DNG is listing this house as a three- to four-bedroom property.
The best room in the house is its charming sittingroom, complete with period plasterwork, an open fire and built-in bookcases. The room has plantation-style shutters that hide the house’s unique selling point – sea views. To make this a four-bedroom house, this reception room would have to be sacrifice.
Next door to it is a double bedroom, also with sea views. On the other side of the sittingroom is the third bedroom, currently used as a dressingroom and filled to capacity with built-in wardrobes.
There is also a good-sized family bathroom, with separate shower.
There is vehicular rear access and off-street parking for two cars. The property has a C3 Ber rating.