Back-lane abobe in Dublin 6 comes with its own pitch and putt
The outdoor space and interior layout are where this house shines
A five-hole all weather putting green is most likely not the first feature you'd expect to find in a modern terraced mews house in Rathmines, Dublin 6. But its presence will surely bring 3 Church Lane to the attention of keen golfers, who might otherwise fear that a D6 location would offer precious little in the way of opportunity to hone their golfing skills for the weekend ahead (the nearest oasis is the Milltown Golf Course just over the Dodder in Dublin 14).
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The putting green is surrounded by some tasteful planting, outdoor lighting and external speakers, and sits in the west-facing garden a few steps below the granite patio area, with its built-in planters, LED lights, and water feature. Other garden features include a concrete storage shed and a hardwood greenhouse with an automatic ventilation system that will appeal to the GIY crowd, and ensure that there can be no excuses when it comes to herbs and salad leaves being required in the kitchen.
The garden is not Number 3's only outdoor space. The first floor roof garden is a beguiling terrace with an outdoor fireplace, hardwood decking, LED lighting, wall-mounted electric heaters and outside speakers. It even has a niche in which to store the logs that will keep the fire going on summer evenings when the weather is less than balmy.
With all this optimistic focus on outdoor living, it's no wonder that this mews house feels a bit different to other Irish houses.
Built about a decade ago, 3 Church Lane is one of five houses on the lane, tucked away behind the Victorian terraces that face onto Rathmines Road. Number 5, a similar but smaller and narrower house in the same terrace, also designed by architects CODA, sold for €1.515m in July last year.
The exterior may be unremarkable enough but the outdoor spaces and the interior layout are where the house shines, and the latter is where it distinguishes itself from any number of period houses in the area.
Older houses sometimes find it hard, despite the best efforts of owners and their architects, to meet the challenges of modern family life. And while there will always be those who prefer the prestige of a period home, there is a cohort that doesn't give a hoot about sash windows or cornicing or original floorboards and would much prefer to have an abode which is energy efficient, cosy on winter mornings, and has enough bathrooms to cope with the morning rush. It is to these people that Number 3 will appeal.
In total, the house has 3,200 sq ft of living space. The entrance hall leads to a three-storey glazed atrium-style hallway and the living accommodation is arranged on two levels, with three living rooms in which the high ceilings and generous proportions mimic those of the more traditional houses of the area.
To the front of the house is a living room, equipped with a projector screen and surround sound, that functions as a den or family television room.
The open plan living/dining/kitchen is at the heart of the home, and opens out, via wall to wall glass doors that fold back completely, to the garden, while at first floor level the drawing room opens out to the roof terrace. The natural stone floored McNally kitchen is pretty swanky, with Corian worktops, an island unit with double sink, and top-of-the-range integrated appliances. There's a double-height ceiling over the dining area and a wall-mounted gas fire. The utility room has plenty of built-in storage units.
Upstairs, the drawing room is a grown-up space, with smoked oak floors and an open fireplace, with direct access to the roof terrace. There's also a study area with a built-in work station accessed via double doors.
Also at first floor level are three double bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, and a separate shower room. A fourth bedroom at this level is currently used as a home gym.
The master bedroom suite at second floor level is a luxurious and very grown-up space, with large windows and double doors leading out to the balcony and a glamorous bathroom with a mezzanine bath/spa area.
Church Lane is tucked away off Church Avenue, close to Palmerston Park, and within walking distance of Rathmines, Rathgar and Ranelagh. There is a good choice of schools, both primary and secondary, in the area, along with plenty in the way of shops and restaurants. St. Stephen's Green is two miles away, and the closest Luas stop is at Beechwood.
The house has two off-street parking spaces, located behind electronic gates.
3 Church Lane
Rathmines, Dublin 6
Asking price: €1.75m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4966066