Country feel in a peaceful D4 townhouse
Having lived in Donnybrook Dublin 4 all her life, Sinead Barrett had always longed to have her own home there. With some experience in the property industry she also recognised that one of the few ways for a then single girl to buy her own D4 house was by buying a doer upper. So when this two bedroom terraced house at 5 Home Villas, Donnybrook, came on the market during the property boom, she felt this was an opportunity too good to miss.
Now she has no regrets.
Even though Sinead is a city girl, she set about creating a house with a country feel.
"I love the idea of the country cottage and among the features I introduced are the kitchen beams. I felt that this also complements its setting as Herbert Park is like a back garden," she points out.
Unlike some houses where country beams have darkened the interior, Sinead has combined them attractively with velux windows which help to flood the kitchen /dining area with natural light.
In addition by removing part of the wall separating the kitchen from the sitting room, this light helps to brighten the reception room.
By reworking an old kitchen extension she has extended the floor area of the house to 70sqm. In doing so she also had an eye for the period features such as the sash windows, marble fire place and brass fittings.
Double doors open from the kitchen dining area to the rear patio area.
A door off the kitchen also connects to a bathroom where a claw foot rollover bath provides another period feature.
Upstairs she converted one of the bedrooms into an ensuite. The second bedroom has wooden floors and views overlooking Herbert Park.
While the patio is a compact 8.4sqm it is complemented by its parkland setting.
When Sinead and her husband David, an IT project director, decided to marry about six years ago, they made a bargain that would put both her house and his Bray apartment on the market and they would both move into the one which was slowest to sell.
"Luckily for me David's sold first," she says. Now that they have two children, they decided they need more space and are looking for a larger house in the area.
David explains: "We are looking but whether we move will depend on what we achieve for this house, we are asking €425,000."
They want to stay local because the children have been signed up for local schools and Sinead's parents still live around the corner.
Then there are all the advantages of being almost in the middle of the village, within walking distance of Ballsbridge and their jobs near Baggott St.
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