Thursday 21 September 2017

Put down new roots in €1.15m Blackrock home

Everything in the garden is rosy at this property

A glazed sunroom overlooks the lit garden, while sliding doors lead out on to the deck area
A glazed sunroom overlooks the lit garden, while sliding doors lead out on to the deck area
The deck area is ideal for dining al fresco
The reception rooms include a family sitting room and a drawing/dining room
The property sits in an attractive cul-de-sac off Booterstown Avenue
The sunroom's wall of glass overlooks the lit garden

Katy McGuinness

If you didn't have good reason to visit someone who resides there, you might spend your life living in Blackrock and never even realise that Cherbury Gardens exists. That would be a pity, because it's a particularly attractive cul-de-sac of solid post-war houses, many of them still occupied by their original purchasers, tucked away just off the upper end of Booterstown Avenue, close to the junction with the N11.

The owners of No 21 purchased their house a decade ago. It was, they say, in a bad way, and they set about an extensive renovation.

Now that they are preparing to leave Dublin for a rural location with better family support for their adult son with special needs, they are understandably reluctant to be leaving a house that they say has been a wonderful home to them.

On good roads and in well-regarded, mature estates, there tends to be very little property churn. Families who chose well several decades ago are loath to relinquish well-built houses with manageable gardens in a great location, for less attractive, smaller houses or apartments in less well-established developments.

Often, if houses on these roads and in these estates change hands at all, they are sold to family members.

And frequently, these properties only come on the market in an executor's sale, in a condition requiring substantial work to make them suitable for modern family life.

The challenge of such projects is beyond the practical capabilities of many families - there is simply too much going on between work, child-rearing and all the other demands of their lives even to countenance embarking on such an enterprise.

For time-pressed prospective purchasers looking for a property that is in walk-in condition, in which all the hard work has already been done, with no stinting on finishes, number 21 will be an appealing prospect.

These potential buyers are likely to fall in to one of two categories: empty nesters downsizing from larger properties in the area, and young families looking to trade up from smaller houses.

Located at the end of the cul-de-sac, and with off-street parking for several cars, 21 Cherbury Gardens is secluded, yet within a short walk of public transport links.

At 2,185 sq ft, it is a spacious yet manageable family home in immaculate condition.

As currently configured, the house has three double bedrooms, with a fourth bedroom on the ground floor in use as a study.

As you enter the house through the front door, your eye is immediately drawn to the expanse of green foliage visible through a wall of glass at the rear of the house. This is the sunroom off the kitchen, and one of the most attractive features of the house.

Sliding doors lead to the newly installed deck, overlooking a secluded garden that is compact, yet lush and verdant.

The kitchen itself is a slick Siematic number, with golden granite work surfaces, a smart central island, and a comprehensive range of appliances including a brand new Neff induction hob and Samsung American fridge freezer. A generously proportioned separate utility room houses the washing machine and tumble dryer.

The reception rooms on the ground floor are a front to back drawing/dining room and a family sitting room, both fitted with Gazco stoves. The dining room has bespoke Newcastle Design shelving and storage units. There's a large guest lavatory off the entrance hall.

Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms. The master bedroom and the second bedroom are inter-connected, but it would be straightforward to separate them.

The master bedroom is luxuriously en suite, and has both a dressing room and a walk-in wardrobe.

There is a separate family bathroom too.

Finishes and fittings throughout are of a high standard, with Junckers solid oak harmony (no knots) flooring used on the ground floor, and Villeroy and Boch fittings in the bathrooms.

Located within a short walk of several Montessori and national schools, and both Blackrock College and St. Andrew's secondary schools, No 21 is ideally situated for a young family looking to establish roots in a house and in an area that will meet their needs for many years to come.

Blackrock village has a library, two shopping centres with M&S and Supervalu supermarkets, smart shops including children's emporium, Jane Carroll Design, and designer boutique, Kahn, as well as a branch of the Organic Supermarket and excellent independent bookshop, Raven Books.

There's no shortage of places to dine out at, either. Restaurants include the highly regarded Canteen in Blackrock Market, Ouzo's and Clodagh's Kitchen.

Bear Market and the Mellow Fig are busy daytime coffee spots.

The Three Tun Tavern is one of several popular pubs; others include The Wicked Wolf and Conway's.

21 Cherbury Gardens,

Blackrock, Co Dublin

Asking price: €1.15m

Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald, (01) 2880088

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