Two with a view in Dalkey

A family home with Italian-style charm and a three-storey house on a smart road offer both style and substance in the coastal village


Capri, 23 Ard Mhuire Park
Capri is a well monikered house. Its sunny disposition evokes images of the Italian honeymoon destination, even on a dreary, wet afternoon.

Sequestered off Dalkey Avenue in Ard Mhuire Park, a small cul-de-sac, number 23 is a detached, four-bedroom property that was thoughtfully extended in 1994 and now measures 209sq m (2,254 sq ft). It is asking €875,000 through agents Savills.

The original front door, made of leaded glass, has been replaced by a more modern model but is retained as an inner front door and opens into an L-shaped hall.

The house’s key selling points are the rooms that overlook its east-facing garden. The painted kitchen has granite work tops and an island with a wooden counter top. It has a Villeroy and Boch sink and merges into a breakfast area.

A wall of glazing in the adjoining living area draws you in. It has a stylish, free-standing Mors stove that was blazing during the viewing and made you want to kick off your shoes and watch the birds outside dining on berries from the ash tree. A door leads out to where terracotta tiled steps take you down into the garden proper.

Next door is a more formal sittingroom with double doors and a step down into a lofty space with lots of glazing. A raised wood-burning stove provides warmth and a focal point. There is direct access into the garden from this room too.

A third lounge, a formal sittingroom to the front, has a bay window. There are two bedrooms on the ground floor. Both face the front of the house. One has a shower ensuite. There is also a home office that, in contrast to the rest of the house, feels rather dark.

Upstairs are two more bedrooms, both with peeks of sea views across Dublin Bay to Howth. There is also a bright and airy attic room and a shower room. The house has a D2 BER rating.

To the side of the house there is a sizeable utility room with storage to the back that can be accessed separately. This could, subject to planning permission, be developed into a stand-alone home office. There is off-street parking for one or two cars.

Parkville, Sorrento Road
Parkville is a detached three-storey house which was refurbished in 2010. It measures 159sq m (1,711 sq ft) and is asking €865,000 through agents Sherry FitzGerald.

The house, which is sits on the street, opens into a small hall and in turn into a dual aspect, open-plan living/dining room. It has an insert gas fire, polished walnut flooring and walnut doors.

A curved wall separates it from the staircase, which leads the eye up and also down into the vanilla gloss kitchen. The kitchen has an exposed red brick feature wall and overlooks a small south-west facing sandstone patio with water feature. It has pedestrian rear access.

The carpeted walnut staircase takes you up to the first floor, where there are three bedrooms, two with feature windows; one to the rear frames Killiney Hill, while one at the front looks out onto this road where writer Maeve Binchy lived.

It has an en suite bathroom, built-in wardrobes and a walk-in wardrobe that crops part of the window vista.

On the third floor, there is another fine room with sea views to the front. The agents are calling this a family room but this makes it a house that is topped and tailed by reception rooms.

Adjacent is a room that could be a study or a fourth bedroom.

The house has a B2 BER rating.

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