Sunny secret garden in Sandycove

Bright and private, this four-bedroom house is within walking distance of Glasthule

 

A bright kitchen-cum-sun room and a well-planted 24m/80ft back garden are the most striking features of this house on Dundela Park in Sandycove, Co Dublin. The 1940s house, refurbished about 20 years ago, is a comfortable family home in a great location.

It’s near the corner with Elton Park, about a 10-minute walk from both the Forty Foot bathing place and the village of Glasthule, just around the corner from Fitzgerald’s pub and a 10- to 15-minute walk to Sandycove Dart station.

Number 7 Dundela Park, a 171sq m (1,841sq ft) four-bedroom house, is for sale by private treaty through Sherry FitzGerald, with an asking price of €845,000.

A square front hall opens to the left into a small book-lined study and to the right into the interconnecting drawingroom and diningroom. These both have timber-surround fireplaces, picture rails and ceiling coving. There’s a bay window in the drawingroom at the front, and sliding double doors divide this room from the diningroom, which, in turn, opens through glass-panelled doors into the sun room.

The kitchen, with blue-painted units, a range, pulley-operated ceiling clothes rack, tiled floor and Velux windows, is a bright, cosy space with a TV room just off it. There’s a utility room, too, and at the other side of the kitchen, sliding doors open into the sunroom, which opens on to the back garden.

Upstairs, off a small landing made bright by a tall stained-glass window, are four bedrooms – two singles and two doubles – the family bathroom and a separate toilet.

The very private back garden has an attractive old-fashioned feel. A path winds its way past mature trees and bushes, including magnolia and clematis,and the lawn leads to a kind of secret garden, entered through a bower. There’s also a pond, a garden bench and a shed. There’s good space for off-street parking in the front.

Dundela Park is a quiet road within easy walking distance of the increasingly busy and chic Glasthule, with its boutiques and restaurants, including two new ones in Carluccio’s and the Cookbook Cafe.

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