A detached four-bedroom house at 20 Maple Road, Clonskeagh, is expected to fetch between £500,000 and £550,000 when it comes under Lisney's hammer on June 24th. Viewers of Milverton, at 20 Maple Road, will be surprised to find more living space than normal in these solidly-built, but often small, Crampton houses. The owners have incorporated the garage into the kitchen, creating an open-plan family living area with room for informal dining.
Throughout the house, original 1940s window frames have been replaced with Danish pine and shaped into bays to let more light into the reception rooms.
Crampton fans may not approve. On the other hand, the alterations have made the house's interior more comfortable for modern family living. There is a small entrance hall with oak parquet flooring and a guest cloakroom, which houses a state-of-the-art alarm system. The kitchen/family area opens to the right of the hallway and includes a smart blue-tiled kitchen with Italian terracotta floor tiles, interlinking dining area and steps down to a sittingroom with a rustic brick and timber fireplace. A window seat has useful storage space underneath.
The formal sittingroom runs from front to back and has a front bay window and doors to the garden. A connecting diningroom/study has a serving hatch to the kitchen.
Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms and two smaller ones. One of the single rooms is tiny and the other large enough to take a double bed at a pinch. The main bedroom has a range of fitted wardrobes and a cream-coloured en suite with corner bath.
The second double has a timber floor, while the single rooms have built-in cupboards. The family bathroom is decorated in sunny yellows and blues and has extra storage space.
Good gardens are a feature of Crampton houses. The garden at Number 20 is large, well-proportioned and stocked with mature perennials and a number of apple and pear trees. There are two garden sheds and a cemented-in climbing frame. The front garden is lawned, with flower beds and a wonderful clematis montana, which shades the porch.