Stylish and spacious semi by the seaside with 160ft garden


On a quiet street with bay views, this semi in one of the city’s most sought-after suburbs is in walk-in condition, writes ALANNA GALLAGHER

21 Dollymount Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Refurbished and extended three-bedroom house with 48.5-metre (160ft) back garden and sea views

Agent: Felicity Fox

SEASIDE LOVERS should investigate 21 Dollymount Avenue, a 1930s semi-detached property that is set on a quiet residential street, with very little through traffic, and is located just off the Clontarf Road, beside the Bull Wall in Dublin 3.

The three-bedroom house has been refurbished and extended but not significantly.

There is scope for further extensions, subject to planning permission, but part of the property’s charm lies in the fact that it has remained quite true to its original footprint.

It’s a bright and ambient home, 142sq m (1,530sq ft) in size, and is for sale by private treaty through agent Felicity Fox. It has an asking price of €985,000.

The front room has a bay window and interconnecting doors that lead into the sittingroom. This leads out to the sunroom, which is a newly added extension that has two abutting sliding doors and roof lights. Glazed double doors open from the sittingroom into the galley kitchen, which also overlooks the garden.

This is a former four-bedroom house. Upstairs there are now three bedrooms.

The main bedroom is to the rear and has a shower en suite. There is another roomy double to the front, which enjoys the bay window. The third room is a bright single and the family bathroom is also on this floor.

The period staircase style continues into the attic where a large room, some 22ft long, presently serves as a studio and/or fourth bedroom.

This fine-sized, dual-aspect room has peek-a-boo views of Dublin Bay. The horizon line tracks the ferries coming into Dublin Port, past the kitesurfers on Dollymount Strand and other city landmarks including the Ringsend towers and the Sugarloaf.

The house is 173sq m (1,860sq ft) in size including its rather lofty attic conversion.

Out back there is 48.5 metres (160ft) of prime, south-facing garden. The phenomenally long space is old-fashioned in mood and divided into three areas.

The front garden is where the owners dine outside and enjoy the afternoon sun. The garden designer owner has planted fruit and vegetables together in the middle part of the garden and has a green house where she grows tomatoes.

In the back there is a super-sized Monterray Cypress and a fine-sized garden shed, big enough to become a kids’ den. There are several fruit trees: apple, plum and pear and pedestrian access onto Doyle’s Lane.

The garage has been converted into a home office and utility room with a back door taking you into the garden.

There is off-street parking for up to three cars.

The owners will also consider a house swap – a house close to the sea in Dublin south (Sandymount, Blackrock or Monkstown areas). They’re looking for a property with two to three bedrooms, parking for two cars and a south-facing garden.