Make the Ranelagh-Donnybrook connection for €1.15m

Well-maintained period redbrick on Belmont Avenue mixes classic and modern

  • Address: 43 Belmont Avenue, Donnybrook, D4
  • Price: € 1,150,000
  • Agent: Hunters
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Several houses have recently sold on Belmont Avenue, one of two main thoroughfares that connect Ranelagh’s Sandford Road with Donnybrook’s Morehampton Road. Number 43 is situated on the left as you drive down towards Donnybrook. A well-maintained period redbrick, it is accessed via a set of granite steps to hall level where there are ceiling heights of 13ft. The house is very classically decorated with the formal sittingroom painted a rich chlorella green and featuring polished timber floors, large windows draped in swagged curtains and a black stone fireplace with a striking tiled insert of arsenic-green patterned tiles.

The diningroom is to its rear, accessed via a set of steps. Overlooking the rear, it is painted a primrose yellow and has a white marble fireplace.

The kitchen has been modernised and has a light-reflecting crema marfil tiled floor, vanilla units and a Rangemaster stove. Glass doors lead out to the garden, a good space with a northwest aspect and pedestrian rear access to a lane that abuts Muckross Park College. Parents of girls of secondary school-going age lucky enough to have won the so-called Donnybrook lottery, ie a place in the no-fee-paying school, can see the school buildings, but there is no shortcut access.

To the front of the house, at garden level, is a room that has a ceiling height of about 7ft; other houses on the street have turned theirs into a games or media room for the kids.

Claw foot bath

There is a lovely old-fashioned bathroom on the return, complete with free-standing claw foot bath. Originally a bedroom, it has a large hot-press adjacent to it and the first of the property’s three bedrooms. Another flight of stairs takes you up to a fine drawingroom, painted a deep but restful shade of red, on the piano nobile.

On the return there are two more bedrooms. These share a shower room.  

The property, which measures 210sq m (2,260sq m), is asking €1.15 million through agents Hunters.

There is on-street disc parking, but there are double yellow lines directly outside number 43 so you’ll have to park up somewhat away from the house. This is an effort to try and calm the two-way traffic that clutters the road to and from St Mary’s Nationals School at school times.

The house two doors down, number 39, recently sold for €1.05 million.