Feminine flair in Ranelagh for €995,000
A four-bedroom, mid-terrace redbrick with fine period features
Sandford Road in Ranelagh is a busy thoroughfare but once inside number 66, a three to four bedroom mid-terrace redbrick, the noise recedes to a quiet hum.
The family home has fine period features including ornate cornicing, ceiling roses and sash windows complete with shutters. Matching Adams-style fire surrounds in the two interconnecting rooms add a sense of balance.
An arched door leads to the good-size eat-in kitchen that has units lining both sides of the walls with black granite countertops.
At the far end of the room a French-style breakfast table is set up overlooking the manicured gardens.
The owner, Eleanor Walsh, ran Homes in Heaven, an interiors shop in Dún Laoghaire that she sold in 2006. Having previously worked in fashion, running a boutique in Tipperary, hers is a feminine style with Francophile overtones throughout.
Walsh entertained the idea of extending the kitchen out to the side into a part of the garden that is under-utilised and even went as far as getting TV architect Dermot Bannon out to draft some ideas.
The accommodation in the house is spread over two floors. On the first and second floor returns there are lovely coloured glass-panelled windows. The first bedroom on the hall return has a large en suite shower room and a small windowed storage room off it that might work as a study area for a child of exam age.
The master bedroom spans the width of the first floor and is femininely decorated but any minimalist with vision will be able to see past the patterned curtains and admire the high ceilings and southern light that streams through the large windows. There is a second good double on the first floor.
The attic room at the top of the house benefits from four roof lights and has a small cast-iron fireplace. It would make a fine office for someone working from home.
The property, which is asking €995,000, through agents Hunters, has off-street parking for two cars.