Sunday 30 April 2017

You'll either love or loathe the rainbow theme in this €975k Rathfarnham house

A 1950s Rathfarnham home has been revitalised with vim and verve

Coloured fitted storage panels make this a fun and bright reception room
Coloured fitted storage panels make this a fun and bright reception room
The 1950s' exterior
The sitting room with its engineered oak floor
The hall with tiled floor
The rear garden
A bathroom
A bedroom
The open-plan kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke units
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

When the trend of the moment in interior colour is, essentially, colourless - forty shades of grey (and beige ... and mushroom) - it's thoroughly refreshing to encounter an older home which has been revamped for modern living but revitalized using splashes of bold and bright primary hues.

The house at 12 Washington Park itself dates from Ireland's grey era - the 1950s - when emigration was at its peak and prospects were generally grim at home. And although the city was laden down with slums, some luxury housing was still being built in the then outer suburbs. For the original owners, this house was in the country.

It features some of the well-known design features deployed as mass-built homes drifted into the standard modern forms we are accustomed to today.

There's the part-brick front, the characteristic 1950s white pointing and a porthole window, while some of the earlier design forms from previous decades - the bay window column to the front side and the covered porch - are also in evidence.

The 1950s' exterior
The 1950s' exterior

The current owners bought it in 2006 at the height of the boom, when it had already received some extending in the form of an additional bedroom space.

Five years ago they threw the kitchen sink at it by converting the garage to the side, added a two-storey and additional single-storey extension to the rear, and converted the attic to maximize space.

Extending it to 2,550 sq ft, around twice the size of an average city family home, this residence is entered via a striking hallway with a multi-patterned tiled floor, stained glass window, Victorian-style radiator and completed with panelled pull-out under stairs storage.

The guest WC at ground floor level continues the statement floor tile scheme and has a wall-mounted towel radiator.

There are three decent sized reception rooms at ground floor level. The brightest is without doubt the TV/playroom, which comes with wall-mounted storage in red, yellow, green and blue. These cupboards are ideal for storing toys and other bric-a-brac.

The room has an engineered rustic oak floor and an open marble-flanked fireplace. Sliding doors lead through to the dining room, also with an engineered oak floor, as well as built-in ceiling speakers and an open fireplace with a marble chimney piece.

The sitting room with its engineered oak floor
The sitting room with its engineered oak floor

Double doors lead out from here into the garden. These rooms can be closed off or interlinked open-plan, depending on daily preferences.

Separately, there's the sitting room, also with the oak floor and featuring built-in shelving and a gas fire. This has floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows and glazed double doors to the garden.

The heart of the house however is the open-plan kitchen and diner area which comes with solid wood bespoke units built by Newcastle Design, as well as a good-sized breakfast bar.

The counter tops are in marble and there's also a larder-style cupboard, recessed lighting and built-in ceiling speakers. It has a stainless steel sink with a marble drainer, along with a washing machine, fan, double oven, oven grill and microwave, and regular microwave, all by Neff. Off this is the utility room with a tiled floor, stainless steel sink, a range of built-in floor and wall units, and Hotpoint washing machine and dryer.

Upstairs, a substantial and bright landing benefits from a wraparound walnut staircase that leads up from the first floor into the attic which, in turn, is kitted out with built-in wardrobes and shelves and would serve well as a home office.

There are four double bedrooms, two of these with en suites. A styled family bathroom completes the accommodation on this floor.

The open-plan kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke units
The open-plan kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke units

The master bedroom has a large box bay window overlooking the rear garden, built-in wardrobes as well as walk-in storage and its aforementioned en suite.

The front garden provides off-street parking on a cobble-locked driveway, bordered by a mature hedging, shrubs and plants.

To the rear it is mainly laid in lawn and patio with Kilkenny limestone. For even more space, the garden has a Seomra which would be ideal for a home office/studio, home gym or, perhaps, a teenager's den or a hobby room. A nice touch is the fantasy treehouse for children to play in.

Located in a cul-de-sac off Butterfield Avenue and close to the well-known Orchard Pub and the Rathfarnham Shopping Centre, the house sits in an area of historic note.

Although no one seems to know who the "Fearnan" was who gave Rathfarnham its name (Fort of Fearnan), there are plenty of notable places to visit, including Rathfarnham Castle (the grounds and the building are open to the public) and you can glance in at Butterfield House, which was the home of Robert Emmet through the 1803 rising.

Marlay Park and Bushy Park, both once the mature and manicured pleasure grounds of the big country houses, are also proximate - the latter with the River Dodder and its linear park running through it and then for miles in either direction. The river is noted for its wildlife including kingfishers, wild trout and various water birds.

There's a decent choice of shops and restaurants including Rathfarnham Shopping Centre and the village itself, while Nutgrove and Dundrum Shopping Centres are within reach.

Schools in the area include Loreto, Our Lady's, Terenure College and High School Rathgar.

The property has just come to market and the asking price is €975,000.

12 Washington Park

Rathfarnham, Dublin 14

Asking price: €975,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald, (01) 495 1111

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