Refurbished period home in Ranelagh on the market for €865k
Refurbished period home in Ranelagh for €865k
Last year Ranelagh hit the top slot in a survey conducted by Independent Property to determine the five "hottest" property markets in the capital - those neighbourhoods for which competition for homes amongst buyers had been absolutely the most ferocious.
The genteel and trendy Dublin 6 village emerged as the city's hottest market ahead of Donnybrook/D4 (second), Clontarf (third) Rathgar (fourth) and Portobello (in fifth place).
When the survey was conducted across the three largest estate agency networks, there were just 18 houses for sale within the two to five-bedroom range. At the time, agents reported all sorts of antics and conniptions by buyers targeting particular houses.
Today, there are 25 in this bracket available to buy - slightly improved but still tight for supply.
So just what it is about Ranelagh that gets people so fussed up? Before the boom, it was naught but a jaded flatland mixed in with some old money red-bricks and the remnants of a long-standing working class population. It was student pubs and fast food, schoolboy pool and snooker.
When the economy kicked in back in the 1990s, the traditional money target zone of D4 was seen as a bit stuffy by the up-and-coming newly young and wealthy. They did, however, like the classy and sometimes more manageable period homes in neighbouring Ranelagh - as well as the more affordable prices.
Elegant and slightly tarnished, the area had a sort of Notting Hill vibe going for it. Back then you could pick up a mid-sized flatland dwelling for €300k, strip it out within reason, add an architect-designed contemporary glazed extension and a Shaker kitchen and you were sorted.
Today the arrival of eateries like the Gordon Darcy-backed Exchequer wine bar, across the road from the recently FlyeFit 24-hour gym, sums up modern Ranelagh - a combination of daytime cafe society for yummy mummies (this is the red-brick land of Bugaboo) and a fun-filled and healthy night life. It's got a series of trendy upmarket eateries where the yummies spend afternoons nibbling goat cheese salads. A period end-of-terrace on the market at Leeson Park Avenue is typical of what buyers go for here, or how the homes turn out when given a top to toe renovation.
At just over 1,100 sq ft, No 17 equates to a typical family semi in its dimensions. Located off Appian Way, the house is on the D4 side of Ranelagh and because it is situated at the end of the cul-de-sac, the property gets well away from the thoroughfare traffic.
Number 17 is recorded as having sold at €366,666 in 2010 and was upgraded and refurbished soon after under the guidance of De Blacam and Meagher, a practice noted for cutting edge residential work as well as substantial commercial projects.
This commission included sorting the ground floor into a bright open-plan layout. Meantime, the rear garden, which benefits from being flanked with period stone boundaries, was landscaped by Paul Doyle and has maintained its shape and character to become a strong selling point of this property.
Accommodation includes a living room with two large sash windows, an ivory-coloured limestone fireplace with a brushed steel inset, along with built-in bookcases and under-stair storage. The open-plan space moves into the dining room and to the bespoke kitchen with 'cheese hole' sliding room-divider by Vozza.
There's also a utility room and shower/wet room at ground floor level. The swish modern steel framed doors to the rear are from Nigel Saunders and the kitchen is from Alan Brown Design.
Upstairs, the house was originally a three-bedroom property but the current owner has redesigned it to carry a large upper landing with a study area, a big master bedroom suite with an ensuite bathroom and a second guest bedroom.
The ensuite has a bath with a concealed tv set by Tilevision as well as a Hansa power shower with a rain shower head.
Estate agent Quillsen seeks €865,000.
17 Leeson Park Avenue
Ranelagh, Dublin 6
Asking price: €865,000
Agent: Quillsen (01) 4995050