Secluded €1.5m custom-built home on the market in Dublin 14
Secluded €1.5m custom-built home is office ready
There is little doubting the appeal of gated communities to young families, for whom peace of mind and security are important considerations.
Number 1 Washington Wood is located right in the heart of Rathfarnham, one of Dublin's most mature and well-established suburbs, and is one of only two detached houses in the little enclave.
The house was constructed in 2001 and has 3,261 sq ft of living space arranged over two floors, plus a spacious attic. Despite its close proximity to a good choice of schools - Loreto, Our Lady's, Terenure College and High School are all within walking distance - and the shops of Rathfarnham village and shopping centre, Washington Wood feels quiet and secluded.
This house is particularly useful for those with noisy offspring and who also need to work a good deal from home. The entire attic floor is converted into a substantial office suite. The degree of separation from the other two floors offers the perfect balance of proximity and distance from which to conduct a fruitful yet vigilant working session.
The current owners are leaving with regret, as the house is the repository of good memories and not a small amount of sentiment. Washington Wood is built on the site of what was the tennis court belonging to Lisheens, the family home of one of the owners.
Her father was a builder, and was involved in the design and construction of the two houses, for two siblings. The process took three years from start to finish, and the house evidences the meticulous care and attention that went into its planning.
"Every inch of it was custom built to our requirements," say the owners.
Once the current owners moved in, they were a minute's walk from the back door of Lisheens, and they remember the pleasure of being able to stroll through the garden and over to visit their father. Sadly, he died some years ago and Lisheens is no longer in the family.
Certainly 1 Washington Wood is a very comfortable modern family home and, by all accounts, it has been a happy one.
The garden, with its sunken trampoline, has been a magnet for their children's friends, and the family has hosted an annual sleep-out and barbecue for 20 or 30 children and teenagers. Both house and garden have seen plenty of party action during the time that the family has lived there.
Inside, at ground floor level, the property has three reception rooms. Immediately off the entrance hall is the formal living room, occupying the bay window to the left of the front door. This room features a solid wood floor and a marble fireplace with cast-iron inset, and double doors that open directly on to the dining room.
The dining room in turn opens on to the kitchen, which is fitted with wooden units, granite worktops and splashback. The kitchen leads out to the garden and also to a separate utility room with a tiled floor and sink, which is plumbed for a washing machine.
Also overlooking the back garden, and with sliding doors that open directly out on to it, is the family sitting room, with its marble fireplace.
To the right of the entrance hall, which has a porcelain-tiled floor, is the playroom, with a picture window looking out to the front garden. This could obviously serve as a den for older children, a study or home office. There is also a guest lavatory on this level and the whole ground floor has under-floor heating.
Upstairs, the master bedroom suite features a walk-in wardrobe, while the ensuite bathroom features both a double shower and a separate bath. Double picture windows overlook the back garden. There are three further double bedrooms at first-floor level, two of which are ensuite with spacious double showers, plus a family bathroom.
Outside, the garden features a rockery, sunken trampoline, tree house and brick-built barbecue.
1 Washington Wood
Rathfarnham, Dublin 14
Asking price: €1.5m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4951111