Deceptively big reimagined villa style on Rathgar terrace

Contemporary extension adds space and light to €875,000 family home


Frankfort Avenue is a well-located residential street close to shops on Upper Rathmines Road. It has mixed types of housing stock from Victorian terraced redbricks to villa styles and two-storey over basement townhouses.

Number 61 is a single storey bay-windowed redbrick to the front with two storeys to the rear. It was built circa 1860 and boasts lofty ceiling heights of about 3.3m in the main livingroom, a light-filled space with oiled wood floors and an open fire with marble fireplace and cast-iron surround.

The rear of the house has been reimagined as one big open-plan room comprising kitchen, dining and living areas by Sandra O’Riordan of O’Carroll O’Riordan Architects. Floored in an engineered oiled oak by Trunk Flooring the space is very bright thanks to a clever courtyard enclosure. Sludgy coloured handle-less kitchen units keep the space looking very uncluttered. There is a Neff induction hob with a fridge freezer and washing machine concealed behind integrated doors.

More light streams through a deep picture window, complete with generous window seat. A large rooflight overhead made the room so bright that owners installed a vertical blind. The dining area has floor-to-ceiling cupboards and glass doors that open out to the southwest facing garden where there is a bike shed and pedestrian rear access.    

C1 rated The first of the property’s three bedrooms is at ground level. It has been in use as a home office. On the return is a bedroom with another deep window seat. Currently two children share the room in Flexa bunk beds. The family bathroom is adjacent. The main bedroom is to the front of the house and has an internal window looking out to the hall and a shower en-suite bathroom.

The C1 Ber-rated property which measures 123sq m (1,324sq ft) is seeking €875,000 through agent DNG.

While differing in style several houses have sold on the street this year. Lisney recently agreed number 66 Frankfort Avenue, an end-of-terrace property set out as two self-contained flats, that came to market asking €795,000 and sold for substantially more. Last March, number 23, a gorgeously extended mid-terrace, three-bed came to market with a Paul Doyle-designed garden and 188sq m (2,023sq ft) of space seeking €1.195million. It sold for €1.385million.