Dramatic Dalkey open-plan home for €1.075m

This 1930s dormer bungalow in a quiet cul-de-sac has undergone a complete makeover

  • Address: Capri, Ard Mhuire Park, Dalkey, Co Dublin
  • Price: € 1,075,000
  • Agent: Sherry FitzGerald
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A 1930s dormer bungalow in a quiet cul-de-sac off Dalkey Avenue has been given a complete makeover since its owners bought it in 2013 for €910,000, turning almost the entire downstairs into a large, bright open-plan space. The original glazed and leaded inner front door opens from the porch into a space where the front hall would once have been and a clear view into the back garden, past the dining area through nearly floor-to-ceiling windows.

Capri is a detached 209sq m (2,250sq ft) four-bed and it’s for sale through Sherry FitzGerald seeking €1.075 million.

The owners hadn’t planned such a dramatic makeover when they bought their house, but decided to renovate because it was cold. Then architect Ryan Kennihan came back with his open-plan design “and we went with it”, the owners say. The makeover didn’t add to the square footage, and it’s still a dormer bungalow, but it’s far more bright and spacious than you’d expect. 

Downstairs is painted white and floored with pale brushed-and-oiled oak, with birch ceiling beams and non-supporting pillars – a design feature. Accommodation here comprises a wide, open livingroom, a large TV room, dining area, and kitchen, as well as two bedrooms.

The livingroom to the front is a bright area with a bay window and a solid-fuel stove. The dining area is at the rear of the open space, next to two tall windows, with a glazed door at the side opening onto a patio from where steps lead down into the garden.

The kitchen, to the right of the dining space, has a timber-topped island, hand-painted units, black polished-granite countertops and a Kensington range. A few steps down at the left of the dining space leads to a large familyroom with a sloping double-height ceiling: the space has a wood-burning stove, three tall windows and doors at either side into the rear garden.                      

Two of the four bedrooms are downstairs, both modest-sized doubles, and both with bay windows. One, to the right of the front door, is fitted out as a playroom/study and has its original 1930s fireplace, with both mantel and inset tiles painted white. The main bedroom has mirrored Sliderobes storage and a smart en suite.

The family bathroom nearby is equally smart, with white subway tiles. A small, dark room that could be a cloakroom is currently fitted as a study.

Upstairs are two small bedrooms for children: both rooms have views across the sea to Howth. A good-sized under-eaves attic room is fitted out as a guest bedroom. There’s also a showerroom upstairs.

The back garden is wide and private, sheltered by high hedges and bushes, with a patio and BBQ area to the side. At the other side is a separate utility/room for storage with access from front and back gardens. There’s off-street parking for a couple of cars.

Ard Mhuire Park is a small road off Dalkey Avenue just before the junction with Killiney Hill Road and very close to Killiney Hill.