With a view to Government Buildings


DUBLIN 2 €800,000:There are not many more centrally located residences than this spacious four-bedroomed penthouse

Apartment 3, 74 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2

Description: Four-bedroomed penthouse in central location on a laneway of mews and shops

Agent: Knight Frank

APARTMENT 3 at No 74 Fitzwilliam Lane, Dublin 2, gives a whole new meaning to the term “living over the shop”. The building was developed in 2002 as a block of three apartments over two business premises. Knight Frank is asking €800,000 for the four-bedroom penthouse which takes up the entire top floor of the building and has balconies and terraces off every room.

Location-wise, it’s very central. Close to McGrattan’s pub on a lane of mews and businesses, when you turn right after you exit the apartment building you are looking straight at Government Buildings. Turn left and you are heading for Lower Fitzwilliam Street, and can see the rooftops on part of Baggot Street from some of the rooms.

The apartment can be accessed both by lift and stairs and is 172sq m (1,851sq ft).

What strikes you when you step off the lift is how bright the living room is, helped by two panels of floor to ceiling windows and doors that open onto a substantial terrace with a high wall, so there’s a feeling of privacy. The decor is all light woods and neutral colours and is fairly timeless and classical – apart from a built-in fireplace with a fire bowl.

The living room is part of an open plan area that also includes a central dining area, and a kitchen. The dining area could have been a dead, dark space in the middle of the room but an atrium and glass block window keep it bright. The kitchen area again is bright with three roof windows, and doors out to a small terrace that overlooks an area that isn’t exactly scenic – the car park of the Catholic Library. The kitchen is a mix of cream gloss units, chrome and wood veneer with a marble topped counter and a good sized utility room off it.

The bedrooms are all a good size for an apartment, and two have spacious en suites including the main bedroom, which has access to a terrace, and three sets of built-in wardrobe. The en suite has an enormous jacuzzi, and a bowl sink on a wooden plinth. All of the bedrooms have access to outside space and the smallest one is currently being used as a study.

There’s also a large main bathroom.

The service charge is currently €3,662 and there’s one designated car space.