Light and space in smart city mews
81b Grosvenor Lane Rathmines, Dublin 6 €725,000
Mews properties have become as sought after as the big houses they once served because of their period character, privacy and proximity to areas brimful of restaurants, bars, shops and entertainment facilities. A case in point is the pair of thoroughly modern mews in Rathmines that lie behind the facade of an original coach house dating from circa 1870.
Having fallen into disrepair, the coach house was extended and renovated to create two mews properties. 81a Grosvenor Lane went sale agreed within a matter of weeks, say agents Sherry FitzGerald. For those disappointed, there's a chance of a second bite of the cherry, with the identical adjoining property, 81b, now on the market. With an array of exterior spaces including a rooftop shower en suite, it elevates the notion of connected indoor/outdoor living. This is an example of the new take on mews makeovers which blend a sense of history with 21st Century conveniences from underfloor heating to smart technology. According to the agent, the vendor was very involved in the design concept, with very clear ideas of what he wanted to achieve.
The toastiness of a B2 BER rating is combined with a light-flooded interior, thanks to large glass windows that manage to preserve privacy, even in that wall-to-wall glass rooftop shower en suite.
It's an ideal pad for entertaining. Folding doors in the living room open on to a courtyard with tiled patio and there's a raised solid-fuel stove as a focal point inside. The kitchen/dining room with its white and slate grey gloss cabinetry and Silestone countertops incorporates a Rangemaster stainless steel stove with gas hob and twin electric ovens. Folding doors feature here too, opening right back on to the south-facing patio and garden, creating an outside room.
There's also a guest WC; shower room; three double bedrooms and bathroom. A real retreat, the master bedroom revels in an enclosed south-facing terrace and separate rooftop terrace with skyline views, intercom and door to en suite.
The carpeted first-floor hallway with intercom is equipped with wall-to-wall storage, plumbed for a washing machine and with space for a tumble dryer and shelving. It could also incorporate a home office, Andrea Whelan of agents Sherry FitzGerald suggests. Bedroom number two to the front retains the original coach house window opening and has a Velux window. Floor-to-ceiling windows bathe the third bedroom which is to the rear, in light. Extensive use of Creme Marfil tiling in the bathroom with its Duravit sanitary ware and Schell stainless fittings makes for a spa-like effect. The tub has a large rain shower and separate shower attachment and there's mirrored storage.
There's a no-maintenance astroturf lawn with flower beds to the rear and a landscaped gated courtyard with parking for one car to the front. Bordered by cut-stone granite walls with painted fencing and tall Carpinus, the rear garden provides an escape from the busyness of urban living.
Located on a mews lane, a stroll from Rathmines, Harold's Cross and Rathgar, the property is within walking distance of the city centre and has a frequent bus service. "It packs a lot into its 142 sqm," says Whelan.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 496 6066 Viewing: By appointment