One-bed garden gem a hop from Guinness Storehouse for €225k

Ground-floor apartment extending to 37sq m is chic inside thanks to architect’s makeover

  • Address: 5b Thomas Court, Dublin 8
  • Price: € 225,000
  • Agent: Sherry FitzGerald
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Thomas Court is a series of terraced houses that conceal former council flats. These were purpose-built properties which include a shared hall and stone steps leading to the upper floors. 

Situated on a side street, just off Thomas Street, a couple of steps from the Robert Emmet memorial number 5b is located on the ground floor.

While the common entrance area is underwhelming, with pockmarked painted walls and wainscoting, don’t let this first impression put you off for number 5b is little gem in one of the city’s most historic quarters and just up the road from one of the capital’s top tourist attractions, The Guinness Storehouse.  

Owned by architect Dean Moore, who runs a practice under his own name, the property has lofty 2.7m ceiling heights and is set out in a broken-plan fashion so that it feels open but each area also feels like a room within the larger space.

The livingroom has an open fireplace with a cast iron surround and tiled insert, a lovely touch that gives the place a real sense of home. Lime green is the colour used on the feature wall, where there is also floating shelves housing decorative items and bookshelves built in above the fire.

Livingroom with a lime green feature wall
Livingroom with a lime green feature wall
Modern kitchen
Modern kitchen

The room opens through to the kitchen, scullery sized but with every centimetre of space utilised to give maximum storage – the units go up to the ceiling and the same large-format tiles have been used on the floor and splashback with a stone countertop giving it plenty of polish.

There is room here too for a dining table that can comfortably fit four and can be repositioned if you have more guests to dinner. From here glass doors open into what is the property’s unique selling point – a decent-sized west-facing patio that has mature planting and, if we ever get another summer like this year’s, would make a fantastic outdoor room. It also means you can dry clothes outside. The paving here needs an upgrade to bring it into line with the interior.  

The double bedroom is set to the front and the shower room includes space-saving wall-hung sanitaryware and two contrasting shades of grey.

The place measures just 37sq m (398sq ft) but feels like two people could cohabit without killing each other.

There are four units in the building. The management fee is €1,215 per annum. The property is asking €225,000 through agents SherryFitzGerald.