Media couple's D6 redbrick


Terenure: €1.2mIn a quiet cul-de-sac, made greener than it's ever been by the sodden summer, number 10 Mayfield Road, Terenure, Dublin 6 has all the Victorian charm of intact period features, fireplaces in almost every room and a new, contemporary kitchen.

It has a certain media pedigree too, as the home in which RTÉ reporter Teresa Mannion and Connacht Tribune group editor Dave O'Connell lived in with their two sons while they revamped and refurbished over an 18-month period before work and the west of Ireland calling, they had to leave.

"We loved living there, so close to Terenure village. We spent a year and a half living in what was basically a building site," Teresa Mannion admits. "We rewired, did the lot. The kitchen was just finished when we found we had to move."

The house is for sale by private treaty through Mason Estates with an asking price of €1.2 million. One of those houses which is larger than it appears to be, its redbrick facade fronts a floor space of 156sq m (1,680sq ft) in which there are four/five bedrooms, two reception rooms and a kitchen/breakfastroom. There is additional space, and a choice of usage, in a large timber-floored and skylight-lit studio/playroom stretching across the end of the rear garden.

High ceilings and double bay windows come into their own in the ground floor reception rooms and in the overhead main, first floor bedroom. The bedroom, in particular, which has a second window alongside the bay, is filled with light, a fact given emphasis by the honey tones of original, polished floorboards. The living and dining rooms are separated by the original, double sliding doors, complete with brass finger plates. Both rooms have distinctive fireplaces while the floors in both are of polished pine.

The kitchen also has plenty of light, along with a Belfast sink beside the rear, garden-viewing window and a Creda, gas-powered range set into a brick chimney breast. The blue-toned bathroom and a bedroom are on the first return, a second bedroom is off the first floor landing and a fourth bedroom and small box room are on the top return.