Large house that grew at Little Oaks in Blackrock for €1.75 million
Bordered by trees in a small, quiet estate, this family home has bright, open-plan living areas, a country-style kitchen with Aga, converted attic and a large, mature back garden
Finding St Margaret’s, a small estate in Blackrock must have proved tricky over the years because there’s now a rather smart looking, large sign on Cross Avenue indicating the turn. It’s a small, quiet estate, mostly built about 30 years ago, with a green to the front fringed by several different style houses.
The latest house to come on the market here, Little Oaks, at 1 St Margaret’s, was built by its current owners and they lived there with their growing family for nearly 30 years before renting it out for the past couple of years.
It’s now being viewed unfurnished and the detached five bedroom house with 340sq m (3660sq ft) is for sale by Hunters for €1,750,000. It’s a quiet location, adjacent to several schools, and the house is in walk-in condition making it attractive for buyers looking for a large family home.
Little Oaks is bordered by tall trees and set back from the road behind tall electrically controlled timber gates so it feels very private. It’s double fronted so inside off the hall there are two small reception rooms with large picture windows.
The living space at the back of the house is bright and open-plan, with a family-friendly layout. The large, bright living room has a feature sandstone fireplace which suits the decor – the interior throughout is painted and carpeted in a neutral colour scheme that works well. This living room opens into the sun room.
The country style kitchen – it has an Aga in an exposed brick nook – is fitted with granite-topped units, has plenty of storage and a large central island. It incorporates a good- sized and attractive dining area at the back.
This has a mostly glazed pitched roof with exposed beams and it opens out on to the garden so the whole eating and dining space feels light and airy.
To the side, and also off the kitchen, is a large sun room. There’s a utility room and a guest cloakroom.
Upstairs, off a wide landing, there are five bedrooms, two with en suites. Four are doubles and there is one small single that has been fitted out as a dressing room. The family bathroom has a raised corner bath – all the rage when the house was built.
The owners extended up into the attic which is accessed by a narrow spiral staircase. It’s a large space, 58sq m (624sq ft), and there are two more double bedrooms and a showerroom.
Planning regulations mean that these rooms are not officially considered liveable spaces, but new owners will most certainly use them as extra bedrooms.
There is off-street parking for three or four cars and a large, mature, back garden with a barbecue area and a water feature.