Extended, bright four-bed semi in Dublin 14

Spacious family home with light-filled extension for €1.2 million

Whitebeam Avenue lies just off Whitebeam Road, on the boundary of Ranelagh and Clonskeagh. Number 7 is a semi-detached property located on the quiet tree-lined cul-de-sac.

Extended by its current owners in 2000, the house now stands at 195sq m over two floors.

The extension was designed by architect Brian Leyden, who maximised the light flowing into all the rooms, and is seamless except for a slight tonal difference of the exterior bricks.

What was the old kitchen is now an office – with a wall of fitted units providing lots of storage – keeping files and office supplies neatly out of sight.


The extension consists of a bright dual aspect kitchen-cum-living room, with a mixture of French oak and terracotta tiles.

Adjacent lies a sunroom, with a large oriel window catching the movement of the sun throughout the day.

The deep aperture allows for two large storage units, which are sunken to the base much like storage units on a boat.

The room also features a white sandstone fireplace and double doors to the rear garden.

The old part of the house – which dates from the late 1930s – is centred around a triangular hallway, off which lie a drawing room and interconnecting dining room.

Upstairs are four double bedrooms, the master of which is en-suite.

A pretty powder-pink room has been given a recent facelift – carpets have been removed and the old floorboards have been painted white.

New owners may wish to replicate this in other bedrooms, as some of the carpets feel somewhat dated compared to the fresh feel of this room – fit for a young princess.

Back garden

The current owner admits to not having a huge interest in gardening – but green-fingered enthusiasts have ample scope to develop the back garden – it currently houses an old apple tree, cherry blossom and some potted plants around a lawn.

The property is for sale through estate agent Lisney, with an asking price of €1.195 million.

Lisney is also selling 2 Whitebeam Road – a 235sq m detached property on a corner site with larger gardens – current offers have exceeded the asking price of €1.4 million.

Recent sales in the area saw 34 Whitebeam Road – a 143sq m terraced property – achieve €850,000 in December 2015, and 25 Whitebeam Avenue, a four-bedroom house, sell for €1.06 million in August 2015.