Potential to bloom in Portobello’s finest quarter for €850K

Well-proportioned house on Bloomfield Avenue offers an opportunity for reimagination

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Address: 8 Bloomfield Avenue, Portobello, D8
Price: €850,000
Agent: Quillsen

Bloomfield Avenue is one of Portobello’s best addresses, running from St Kevin’s church, on the corner of South Circular Road to Lock’s restaurant which fronts onto the Grand Canal. Number eight is on the right heading towards the canal. These houses have big windows that stream light in and ceiling heights of 11 feet.

A terracotta and grey quarry-tiled path leads to its front door, and into an impressive hall that opens through to two interconnecting reception rooms. The front has a black marble fireplace that stands at a higher level than the white marble design in the dining room, more typical of these houses and accessed through interconnecting doors. Both rooms have lovely proportions although the dining room is darker because of a Gothic style extension to its rear.

The back of the house needs a rethink. There is a guest toilet under the stairs and a breakfast room on the return with a vintage Stanley range set into a raised hearth with exposed brick surround. Ceiling heights here are about 9 feet but soar in the adjoining conservatory, a room with elaborate Gothic-style timber arches and multiple coat hooks.

The house lacks a decent kitchen. At present it is served by a small L-shaped design to the rear of the breakfast room but this entire area needs to be reimagined. If you opened it up you could install an open plan, eat-in room with family lounge space to the rear, subject to planning.


While the back of the house is west facing most of the original garden has been built on. To the rear of the house is a single storey garage that also could work really well as a home office or studio space if it had more natural light.

Upstairs there are three – or potentially four – bedrooms. On the return is the family bathroom, currently home to a free-standing tub. There is also a bedroom, with cast iron fireplace and a second bedroom leading off it that could become a very fine dressing room.

On the first floor there are two fine doubles. The front room is the width of the house and would make a very luxurious bedroom, even more luxurious if you turned the room to its rear into a spa-style bathroom.

The house, which measures 190sq m / 2050sq ft is seeking €850,000 through agent Quillsen and has an E2 Ber rating.

Last November number one Bloomfield, an end-of terrace, came to market seeking €850,000 and is understood to be sale agreed above that sum.

Number 40, on the other side of the street and a property that had been extended, sold for €965,000 last May. There is on street disc parking.

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in property and interiors