Two to view in great locations in Dalkey and Ballsbridge for about €750,000

Extended two-bedroom, double-fronted artisan cottage in Dalkey with a touch of the Italian Riveria in a terrace to the rear and a modern four-bedroom Cosgrave-built townhouse within a stone’s throw of the Aviva Stadium and Ballsbridge village


Harbourne, 11 Tubbermore Road, Dalkey

Harbourne is located just minutes from the bustle of Castle Street in Dalkey but its gorgeous terracotta garden makes you feel like you’re on the Italian Riviera.

The small but recently refurbished cottage in the heart of Dalkey village has a lovely continental terrace to the rear that echoes Italian charm.

Harbourne is a two bedroom, double-fronted artisan cottage that was refurbished in 2010 by owner Ray Kenny, a landscape designer.

He extended the house, raising the roof to the rear and adding extra light by installing Velux windows.

The cosy cottage atmosphere remains. Coming through the front door the external walls are about two feet thick. The door opens directly into a rectangular, carpeted sittingroom, part of a larger open-plan room divided by an ancient chimney breast.

Steps take you down to the rest of the sittingroom. Glass doors lead through to a light-filled eat-in kitchen with granite worktops.

The star attraction here is the terrace to the rear which makes you feel like you’ve been transported to Italy’s Mediterranean coast. The Italianate northeast-facing garden is very charming. Designed by Kenny it has painted terracotta-coloured high walls that give privacy, and large olive, magnolia and other specimen trees set in oversize pots to punctuate the space.

While your eyes feast on the warm Italian atmosphere your ear is alerted to the sound of a fountain pouring water into a pond filled with carp. At the far end is a wall-mounted plaster mould which sets the tone for a formal outdoor dining area that the owner says gets the evening sun.

The house measures 97sq m (1,044 sq ft) and is asking €775,000 through agents Sherry FitzGerald.

The two bedrooms are hidden from the main living space by a corridor, accessed through a glass-panelled door. A twin room to the front overlooks the street. It has built-in wardrobes and recessed shelving.

French doors in the master bedroom open to the garden. The room has a walk-in wardrobe and a shower en-suite bathroom.

Parking is on the street.

94 The Sweepstakes, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The Sweepstakes in Ballsbridge was built in 1992 by the Cosgrave brothers. It is now a very well landscaped mature development that is really well located.

Number 92 is a modern four-bedroom townhouse of 134 sq m (1,450sq ft) asking €750,000 through agents DNG.

The end-of-terrace house is tucked away in a quiet corner of the gated development which is situated at the end of Ballsbridge Avenue.

Granite worktops
Over the course of the last 20 years the owners have upgraded the property, extending into the attic to create a room of almost 28sq m (300sq ft) that includes plenty of under-the-eaves storage. This was done 14 years ago.

Six years ago they changed the kitchen, installing shaker units, granite worktops and replacing the tiled floor with a solid wood one.

The original utility room was turned into a pantry and they moved the utility room down into the garage below. The garage had to be completely rebuilt after the space was flooded in 2011 when the River Dodder burst its banks and flooded much of that side of Ballsbridge.

Dublin City Council and the OPW have invested €10 million in flood relief works along the Dodder from Herbert Park to Clonskeagh, to avoid a recurrence.

The sizeable garage, 55sq m (600sq ft) in size, can accommodate two cars. It also includes a large workshop-cum- studio and a utility room.

The property has a very smart, dual aspect and light-filled sittingroom and a diningroom that opens onto a patio.

The house has four bedrooms. The master has an ensuite bathroom with a corner bath.

The development is within a stone’s throw of the Aviva Stadium and Ballsbridge village.


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