Step up to a substantial seven-bed for €1.35m

This very large family home has an Italianate terraced garden and a wine cellar

 

Woodside Drive is one of those steep roads off Braemor Road that thousands of southsiders have travelled with driving instructors to work on their hill starts.

Number seven is at the top of that steep hill, right beside Castle Golf Club, considered one of the best in the city and where pro player Shane Lowry comes to relax.

The detached house, originally built in the 1950s, was extended and a third floor added in 1990 making it a gargantuan 416sq m (4475sq ft). It opens into a huge stone-tiled hall, with one of its three reception rooms situated to the front.

On the other side of the house a nicely proportioned sitting room interconnects with a formal diningroom and on through to the big eat-in and bright kitchen off which is a good utility room.

From the kitchen, sliding patio doors open out to an Italianate garden, terraced to make the most of the space. Originally about 60 metres long, part of it was portioned off to build another house but it remains a sizeable 24 metres long by 14.5 metres wide. Redbrick steps and sandstone patios lead down to a grassy lawn and pond, now empty of the koi that once lived in it.

The nicest terrace, just below the house, includes a glazed area and a substantial climatically controlled wine cellar. On a sunny day you wouldn’t have to move.

 

Tired decor

The house has enough bedrooms to accommodate the entire Brady Bunch. There are five big bedrooms on the first floor. The master is vast but the decor here is tired. It includes a big dressingroom and a travertine-clad en suite bathroom with a sunken shower.

The two bedrooms on the third floor share an en suite bathroom.

The house is filled with light. There is a conservatory on the second floor. While some of the glazing needs replacing the views are wonderful and private. A home office-cum-gym running the depth of the property is also at this level.

Most of the houses on Woodside are detached and are generally prized for the size of the sites they sit on. Several have been extensively remodelled or even razed and constructed anew.

According to the Property Price Register number 33 sold for €1.18million in September last year. Number 19 sold for €2.55 million last December.

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