Friday 24 October 2014

Light shines bright on quaint bungalow ideal for commuting

Published 06/06/2014 | 02:30

The bungalow is on the market for €650K.
The property has French doors to the garden.
The kitchen is one of the rooms flooded with light.

Anecdotally at least, riserless stairs – those without upright sections between the treads – can be dangerous for small children and pets. There's a risk of slipping between the gaps. As a result, building regulations are quite strict about their construction.

On the other hand, architects are fond of them, as there is no better way to allow light to fall down from above onto the floor below. If you don't mind sacrificing under-stairs storage, riserless staircases guarantee a brighter hall.

Number 5 Abbeyfield in Killester is a textbook example. The hallway of this semi-detached bungalow is full of light, which bounces off its quaint, chequer-tiled floor.

It's partly because of the riserless stairs leading up to the attic rooms, and partly because the hall has glazed double doors leading into a large, open-plan kitchen/ dining room measuring 15ft by 26ft 6in.

Adjoining that kitchen is a living room with a partly-vaulted ceilings showing exposed roof beams.

The living room has wooden floors, a solid fuel stove, and French doors to the garden.

The rest of the 1,722sq ft of accommodation consists of four bedrooms and a shower room.

There's also a dormer attic room upstairs with a built-in wardrobe, and an adjoining bathroom. Behind the house is a 100ft garden facing southwest, planted with a lawn and shrubs, and includes a gravelled children's play area at the end, together with a block-built garden shed. The garden offers pedestrian access to a laneway behind the house.

The DART station at Killester can be reached in about five minutes or less on foot, while the amenities of St Anne's Park in Raheny are about a kilometre away. Dublin Airport is about a 15-minute drive.

Gallagher Quigley in Fairview (01 818 3000) is the agent for 5 Abbeyfield, and the asking price is €650,000.

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