Walk in on Wellington in D4 for €1.9m

The choices made by the owners of this four-bedroom terraced period home when they renovated in 1999 – in terms of the style and layout of the kitchen and the look of the bathrooms – have stood the test of time

Address: 48 Wellington Road

Price: 1.9m €

Agent: Frank Knight

Thu, Feb 20, 2014, 00:00

   

The property price register as any house buyer – or seller – knows is useful, but only to a point. The vague description of “a dwelling house” without for example square footage or equally crucially, the condition of the property means its of little help when attempting to compare prices.

On Wellington Road, one of Dublin’s most sought-after residential roads, number 46 was a recent sale. It went to auction last year with an AMV of €1.6 million, failed to sell on the day and sold later for €2.1 million. It was in office use for years and so needs a great deal of work to turn it into the lovely family home it could easily be, but to offset that, it still has its mews site – which is such a desirable patch of Dublin 4 property that when the house was for sale many buyers expressed an interest in just that if only the main house didn’t come with it.

Its next door neighbour in this fine terrace, number 48 is now for sale by auction through Knight Frank on March 13th with an AMV of €1.9 million. It’s a very different proposition in that it is all done – a ready-to- walk-into, four-bed family home that was extended to 335.73sq m (3,614sq ft) and updated by its current owners, with landscaped gardens front and back. Its mews site is long gone – sold on years ago.

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The owners bought Number 48 in 1999 and after a year spent extending and renovating moved in. The choices made at that time – in terms of the style of the kitchen and the look of the bathrooms – have stood the test of time.

The extension at garden level is very smart – making room for a large kitchen and a conservatory. Also at this level is a family room to the front and a formal diningroom – it’s all open plan, so there is a good feeling of space. There is underfloor heating throughout and a small guest WC in the space under the flight of granite steps at the front.

The interconnecting reception rooms at hall level still have their original period features with fine fireplaces, generous proportions and two tall sash windows to the front. There is a home office in the hall-floor return and a single bedroom in the first-floor return, both attractive bright rooms because they are duel aspect.

On up the stairs and there are two more large double bedrooms each with an en suite as well as a single bedroom and a family bathroom.

The address and the walk-in condition will attract buyers looking in this price range but as usual there are compromises. Parking is on street, although it does not ever seem to be a problem on this road where the planners have shown a reluctance to permit householders to create drive ways in the front garden. Also the sun trap patio is in the front garden, the back garden is mostly north-facing.