Carefully crafted Clontarf cottage for €445,000

Two-bed artisan home combines clever use of space with stylish floors and other features

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Address: 7 Crescent Place, Clontarf, D3
Price: €445,000
Agent: DNG
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Crescent Place is a quiet lane that runs parallel to the back of the Georgian houses on the Crescent in Clontarf, a part of Dublin 3 where the three villages of Fairview, Marino and Clontarf intersect.

And while it’s situated just off the busy Malahide Road, it feels light years away from that thoroughfare’s constant traffic flow.

A mix of commercial units and mews houses of different vintages line its east side, while a line of single-storey cottages occupies its west side.

These are popular with couples and traders down and the most recent price achieved for a second-hand unit here was €500,000 for number 30 in 2019, according to the property price register.


Which makes number 7, a two-bedroom, double-fronted cottage that is being brought to the market for €435,000 through agents DNG, seem like relatively good value.

The mid-terrace, two bathroom, house has been remodelled and upgraded by its engineer owner and now extends to a sizeable 86sq m (925sq ft). It also has a decent, C2 BER rating.

The residence opens directly into a large, open-plan, L-shaped space which is floored in cognac-coloured merbeau floorboards, which is also known as Borneo teak or ironwood.

The first of its two double bedrooms is to the left of the dining room. The bedroom has doubled as a home office and is bright thanks to a roof light overhead.

The open-plan space is bisected by the staircase, which runs through the centre of the house, with its living area out of sight of the front door where it overlooks the kitchen.

The kitchen is set on a raised dais akin to those found on TV cookery programmes. It’s a smart set-up that gives the cook access to the counter space on three sides while still being able to commune with the rest of the family.


Another smart feature is the bookshelf door that opens to reveal under-the-stairs storage. Its heavy door is a beautiful example of highly-engineered and functional joinery.

The main bathroom is at ground-floor level, at the far end of the house and has a shower in the bath.

There is a small, gravelled back yard that faces northeast but is very private.

Upstairs, the main bedroom is set to the back of the house. The bright space has a WC set in under its sloping roof. There isn’t really the ceiling height here for a shower, unfortunately. That being said, if you are smaller in stature, there is ample storage space in the walk-in wardrobe, which adjoins it, to hive out a shower room.

The ceiling heights and lack of window in the second room preclude it from being called a bedroom, under building regulations. But it is more than big enough to accommodate a good-sized double bed and would make a great study cum spare room.

The layout of the house will really lend itself to those couples who plan to continue working from home. The accommodation offers scope for both partners to make use of a private space with a door, one downstairs, the other upstairs.

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in property and interiors