The previous owners of No 80 Braemor Road renovated the standard suburban Churchtown semi-D so that when the present owners bought in 2012 it had been transformed into a double-fronted house and extended into a four-bed family home on three levels with the standout room being the very large open-plan kitchen/living extension to the rear. They paid just over €700,000 for the 255sq m (2,745sq ft) house, a strong price then for a property on the busy, wide road.
By 2016 they were ready to do work of their own, adding a glazed room to the rear with glazed roof and frameless doors that fold back, making a space that must have been a boon during the lockdowns. They also added a large contemporary rooflight in the kitchen extension, bringing more light into the spacious, north-facing room.
The house backs on to Milltown Golf Club and, on an autumnal Saturday morning standing at the large black granite-topped island unit – the kitchen units are high-gloss cream – the view beyond the garden is of golfers wandering past at the 13th hole.
Other works they undertook included adding glazed roofing to the side passage, renovating the en suite bathroom to add underfloor heating, improving storage and installing elaborate electric gates to the front, where there is off-street parking for three cars.
While the rear of the house is open-plan, the front reception room is a separate living room, although its dividing wall was replaced with glazed panels, presumably to throw light from the front to the rear extension. The bedrooms are three doubles and a single, with one fitted out as a dressing room.
The bathrooms, including the en suite and the guest toilet off the entrance hall, are all fully tiled with contemporary fittings, in keeping with the high spec detailed by the previous owners when they took on that comprehensive renovation. The dormer attic conversion is one large open-plan room used as a home cinema and for home working. New owners might use it as a main bedroom or a teenage hangout.
The house has been rented for a couple of years so new owners will probably repaint and maybe update the kitchen units. The locality is well served by shops and cafes, and the Luas at Dundrum is not too far away. No 80, which has a BER of B3, is for sale through Owen Reilly, asking €1.1 million.