Extension into family life

Five-bedroom detached house with rear and garage extensions, large back garden and off-street parking


This may look like any other semi-D in a Dublin housing estate but, inside, work on extensions has made the home more spacious than most.

The rear of number 35 – on sale through Sherry FitzGerald and on view this Saturday from 2pm to 3pm – is where you could see a family spending the most time.

The kitchen is large and airy, with the rear extension offering a cosy seated area in a conservatory-like setting.

A room that was once a dining room, adjoining the kitchen, is being used as a children’s playroom, while the dining room is to the front of the house and features a gas fire.

On the other side of the entrance hall, the front livingroom is bright and comfortable, with plenty of space for a wide variety of couch combinations.

The garage extension was used as a separate bedroom for an au pair – it is accessed via the kitchen and utility room, and has its own shower room.

The owner says that people in some of the other houses have knocked down the the walls between what was once the garage and what is currently the dining room to create one large room to the front of the house, something that is a possibility for any new owners.

Upstairs, there is one single, or box room, which could also be used as an office, and three doubles.

The main bedroom has an en suite and each room has fitted wardrobes.

There is a large tiled bathroom with bath and a hot press.

The current owners are moving on because they want to move closer to relatives in Greystones while their children are still young enough not to care too much about the change in schools and location.

At 217sq m, number 35 is an attractive prospect Ffor a family looking for space to grow – although its price, at€965,000, might not have universal appeal.

To put a little context on it, and without precise details of the features of other houses sold, the Property Price Register reports that number 76 sold in late 2011 for €945,000, while number 61 went for €525,000 0 in 2010.