Wednesday 26 October 2016

Lyrical lodgings close to seafront at Monkstown

Published 01/05/2014 | 14:12

Mary Coughlan’s former backing singer has realised a long-held ambition of releasing her own folk music album.

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But to continue to focus on her passion for music, and with her children grown, Valerie Armstrong has decided to downsize her 4-bed home, bought in 2004 for approximately €4.5m.

As a result, Alma Road’s ‘Marlin’ in Monkstown, based a short stroll from the seafront, has gone on the market for an initial asking price of €2.8m.


Extensively renovated just over a decade ago, this classic Victorian residence is laid out over four floors (double glazing throughout) and arranged to allow as much light in as possible.


Rear hall
Rear hall
Front reception room
Gas fired black Aga
Guest bathroom
Bathroom with period marble fireplace
Bathroom with period marble fireplace

Covering ground of approximately 4800 sq ft, the family home is not only located on one of Dublin’s most sought after residential roads, it is also close to the amenities and transport of nearby Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire.

Granite steps lead guests and potential buyers from secure off street parking to the end-of-terrace accommodation that is adorned with period features including bespoke radiator cabinets throughout.

Polished stone tile floors are laid in the entrance hall with a cornicing arch and double doors that lead to the dining room with its white marble fireplace slate inset and shuttered window overlooking the rear garden.

The TV room and the study both feature cast-iron period fireplaces – and the ground floor also includes a sunroom, a laundry room, a guest toilet and a cloakroom.

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Downstairs, the fantastic kitchen with stone flagged floor features twin Belfast sink, a gas fired black Aga, a double electric oven, a Neff microwave, a Fisher Paykel American style fridge, and an integrated dishwasher.

The first floor is given entirely to the master suite which includes the 7.46 m x 4.9 m master bed and ensuite 5.14 m x 4.85 m. 

It's is all about personal space here as stone tiles line the bathroom, which holds a freestanding bath and an overhead rain dance shower, and features a period grey marble fireplace

The top floor houses three more double bedrooms, all adorned with decorative cornicing and period furniture.

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But perhaps what is the real clincher – if you are not captivated already – is the separate guest apartment at garden level.

With its own entrance hall, this garden flat contains a living room, kitchenette and bedroom – perfect for an older student looking for his/her own space.

Automatic gates at the front of the townhouse allows access to a gravelled driveway and parking area.

The side and rear garden is laid out in lawns, granite paved patios and mature herbaceous borders.

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