Beechwood beauty with cosy layout for €1.3m

In a former life 56 Beechwood Avenue Lower operated as a B&B, now it has been cleverly extended

  • Address: 56 Beechwood Ave Lr, Ranelagh, Dublin 6
  • Price: € 1,300,000
  • Agent: DNG
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Both Beechwood Avenues – upper and lower – have come a long way in two decades, from what was once student flatland to highly sought-after residential roads in Dublin 6.

It’s not hard to see why the area is an attractive option for house-hunters; the Luas is just around the corner and the avenues are within walking distance to some of the most popular schools in Dublin.

Number 56 Beechwood Avenue Lower, was, in a former life, a bed and breakfast when it was purchased by its current owners in 1998.

The couple then added an architecturally designed extension to the rear in 2005, bringing the total floor area to a generous 178sq m (1,920sq ft).

The extension added a living room to the rear – which sits adjacent to an open plan kitchen and dining area.

Two sets of French windows in conjunction with four sets of double roof lights maximise the light flowing into this space.

The Newcastle Design kitchen has a six ring Rangemaster opposite a granite island complete with double Belfast sink.

There is an abundance of storage on both floors and further space in the attic.

The front reception rooms retain all their original features dating back to Victorian times, with the exception of the original floorboards in the hallway. They have been replaced with new walnut flooring which matches the walnut stain on the old floors in the reception rooms.

A window in the original dining room – which is now used as a third living room, was replaced with a door; which now provides access to the kitchen from both the front hallway and the main reception rooms, giving a good flow to the property.

Upstairs are four bedrooms – this is unusual as many houses on this avenue have just three. The main bedroom occupies the entire width of the property, and has a small en-suite.

Two further spacious doubles and a single occupy upstairs, adjacent to the family bathroom.

DNG is seeking €1.3 million for the house, which reflects the very strong demand in the Dublin 6 market. On the upper end of the avenue, Number 57, a similar sized property also in turnkey condition sold for €1.21 million in 2014.