Saturday 27 May 2017

Terenure's hot tub time machine

Refurbished home with a Jacuzzi on the roof is older than it looks

The kitchen and dining area of the large open-plan living space with floor-to-ceiling windows
The kitchen and dining area of the large open-plan living space with floor-to-ceiling windows
One of the double bedrooms
The exterior of the renovated property
The formal reception room features a grand piano
The hot tub on the roof terrace

Katy McGuinness

Bushy Park Road is one of the most quintessential D6 addresses and usually associated with large and solid Victorian and Edwardian properties that have traditionally been home to generations of doctors, dentists, lawyers, bankers and other upstanding types. The road is located equidistant between Rathgar and Terenure, and within walking distance of the shops and other amenities of both.

Number 93, however, is a little different to its neighbours and last Saturday afternoon, the numbers of interested parties coming to view the house were sufficient to cause something of a traffic jam on the road, which handily connects Orwell Road, via Zion Road, to the main Rathfarnham Road. It was a very visible indication of the enthusiasm that there is for modern family homes in an area where most of the housing stock is period.

In fact, the original house at 93 Bushy Park Road is older than its current appearance would indicate and was used for many years as a doctor's surgery until it was purchased by the current owners in 2008. They hired Stephen Connolly of Dot Architecture to give the existing house a thorough overhaul and it is now, for all intents and purposes, a contemporary home with 3,280 sq ft of living space and an impressive B3 BER.

The design brief to the architect was to create a comfortable and practical family home with elegant proportions, to maximise natural light and to create an easy relationship between the house and the garden. Connolly achieved just that.

One of the double bedrooms
One of the double bedrooms

Apart from the floor-to-ceiling windows that surround the open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, the roof terrace features a hot tub - perfect for winding down after work in the summer months.

The main living area is at the heart of the home and is clearly the space upon which the hurly burly of family life is focused.

Roof lights ensure that the room is flooded with natural light, while full-height windows and sliding doors make the most of direct access to the south-facing garden, which stretches for 100ft and features raised flowerbed borders and specimen trees.

The kitchen has a high-gloss white floor, eye-level units and a marble splash-back. Appliances in the sale include a tall fridge/freezer, built-in Miele oven with single steam oven and warming shelf, Siemens dishwasher and, housed in the white gloss central island, a Miele five-ring gas hob.

There's also a separate playroom with built-in storage that could function as either a den or study, depending on the requirements of the new owners.

To the front of the house is a more formal reception room, fitted with a Schott Robin gas fire that offers a private retreat separate from the main living room - useful for when family members at different ages and stages need a little time out from one another or have different groups of friends.

The exterior of the renovated property
The exterior of the renovated property

Also on the ground floor is a utility room equipped with a Samsung washing machine and Zanussi tumble dryer, and guest lavatory.

On the first floor, the master bedroom has a large dressing room and the ensuite bathroom opens out on that south-facing roof terrace with the hot tub.

There are two further double bedrooms at this level - these share a smart family bathroom fitted with Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware. Up another flight of stairs, there are two further double bedrooms, both ensuite. The enduring popularity of Dublin 6 and the bullishness of property values in the postcode owes much to the excellent choice of schools available to local residents.

Primary schools in the vicinity include St Pius X Junior School, St Joseph's Boys School and Rathgar Junior, while secondary options include The High School, Stratford College, Terenure College, Presentation, Alexandra College and Our Lady's. Students at either High School or Stratford would be able to roll out of bed 15 minutes before the start of school and still make it in on time from No 93 after a shower, breakfast and a quick sprint along the road.

In Terenure, the Green Man Wine Bar has become a popular and convivial local gathering place, while in Rathgar, Fia Café is the go-to spot for healthy midweek lunches and weekend brunches.

Bijou restaurant has a heated outdoor terrace and Revolution serves up a fine pizza. The Butler's Pantry in Rathgar discreetly looks after many a dinner party for harried D6 hosts.

The formal reception room features a grand piano
The formal reception room features a grand piano

In Bushy Park itself, there's a weekly market on Saturdays and the local tennis and cricket clubs are already gearing up for a busy summer season. For those working in the city centre, St Stephen's Green is a two and a half mile walk away, while the 15B bus goes directly to Grand Canal Dock.

93 Bushy Park Road

Terenure, Dublin 6

Asking price: €1.495m

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4907433

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