Hidden gem by Dublin’s Pigeon House

Secluded cottage in Ringsend with large gardens and three bedrooms for €495,000

 

With the Liffey estuary and Dublin Bay to the front, the tall trees of Ringsend Park giving shelter to the rear and the city centre a 15-minute trot away, Bayview really does enjoy the best of all worlds. In a hideaway location off Pigeon House Road, it has a lawn and vegetable garden to the front and the peace of birdsong in the air.

All this and history too. Bayview has seen Ringsend, the river and the city grow and change around it since 1875, when it was built for merchant William Grimley of Thorncastle Street, Ringsend. Bayview itself has made a complete about-turn: the original front is now the rear, the salt-water bathing inlet it once faced replaced by Ringsend Park.

The vendors, selling in response to the lure of the west, bought the house five years ago, but before that three generations of the same family lived here.

Secretive

“It’s in such a secretive place, we couldn’t believe it when we found it,” the vendor says. “It was overgrown so we felled trees, cut back and opened it up. We had a ‘eureka’ moment and added a sitting/family room, then extended the shower/bathroom, increasing the size from 646sq ft to 1065sq ft. We put in stoves and made a vegetable garden in part of the front lawn.”

The vendors paid €365,000 for Bayview in 2010. It is back on the market with an asking price of €495,000 through Sherry FitzGerald. Sale is by private treaty. There are three bedrooms, two reception rooms, kitchen/breakfastroom and family bathroom.

An oasis-like livingroom at the centre of the house, with a pitched ceiling and stove, leads to the kitchen/breakfastroom and sittingroom.

The sittingroom, which has decorative beams and pitched ceiling, has a French window leading to the sheltered rear garden where a lawn, decking and flowerbeds have replaced the sea wall.

The kitchen/breakfastroom overlooks the entrance laneway and there are distant lighthouse views. There is also attic storage and all three bedrooms have garden views.

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