Thursday 27 October 2016

The whole picture in Sandymount

Strand House €475k

Published 09/09/2016 | 02:30

Strand House is a block of 12 apartments right on the seafront in Sandymount
Strand House is a block of 12 apartments right on the seafront in Sandymount
Open-plan sitting and dining room with a gas fire and sea views

After Marilyn Monroe died of an overdose in 1962, Andy Warhol began making garish silkscreen paintings of her. He produced more than 20, but in the intervening decades the number of knock-offs of those Marilyn prints has grown exponentially.

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As you browse through other people's houses on property websites, you spot Marilyn's face looking at you from countless living room walls. It just goes to show there are few things more mystifying than other people's taste in art.

Mercifully, the owners of a two-bedroom apartment in Strand House in Sandymount, Dublin 4, don't have any pictures of Marilyn. They do have a bit of a collection though, and while they're willing to let their apartment go along with every stick of furniture in it, the paintings are not for sale.

Strand House was built in the 1980s at Strand Road, so from the front there are uninterrupted sea views. There are only 12 apartments in the building, and Number 12 is on the top floor.

It's a comfortable enough 657 sq ft and the two bedrooms, to the right as you stand in the entrance hall, both have sea views.

On the opposite side of the hall there's the mosaic tiled shower room with a power shower.

The main living area is an open-plan sitting and dining room at the back of the apartment. It has a marble fireplace (gas-fitted) and a patio door leading to a balcony with arresting views of the Dublin coastline.

Off this is a galley-style kitchen - quite chic with black and white cabinets and black and white mosaic tiles on the wall.

There are security gates at the entrance and designated parking spaces behind the apartment building. The management fee is €1,800 a year.

It's for sale for €475,000 with Janet Carroll (087) 400 2020.

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