Gentlemen and scholars in D16 for €1.3m
Brockagh House €1.3m
The residents of Scholarstown Road in Dublin 16 are in fairly lofty company. One of their neighbours is former taoiseach Liam Cosgrave, who lives at Beechpark - a modest bungalow whose simplicity comes as a surprise to almost everyone who sees it.
About a 10-minute walk from Beechpark is Brockagh House, 800 metres east down Scholarstown Road. It predates Cosgrave's house, having been reportedly built in 1946, and it's considerably more imposing than the home of the former Fine Gael leader.
Brockagh House is a five-bedroom detached two-storey property, and it's reasonably big, having been extended to 2,748 sq ft. And at that, the selling agents point out that there may be scope to make it even bigger, as it's on a site of just under half (0.49) of an acre.
It would be a pity to sacrifice any of that garden though, as the owners have cared for it beautifully. There are gravel paths wending their way through broad lawns, and orderly flowerbeds blending with pleasantly unruly trees and shrubs.
The house has been carefully planned inside too. The ground floor has a formal drawing room overlooking both the front and back gardens and separated from the rest of the living areas.
These consist of a family room with a fireplace, a dining room, and a kitchen and breakfast room at the back of the house, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a separate utility room and pantry.
Also at ground level there's a single-storey garage measuring some 280 sq ft, which might be absorbed into the living space.
The five bedrooms are on the first floor, with the main bedroom en-suite, and there's also a study and a family bathroom on this level.
Brockagh House is for sale with agents Sherry FitzGerald Templeogue (01) 495 1111 and has an asking price of €1.3m.