The cream of Strawberry Beds
2 Silvermount Cottages €400k
Silvermount Cottages consist of a pair of semi-detached early 19th century houses at Strawberry Beds in Dublin 20. According to the selling agent, the building once housed a laundry for the nearby Summerton (now Somerton) House estate.
The cottages front onto Lower Road 50 metres north of the Liffey, and just upriver from the site of the old New Holland Iron & Starch Works. Next door - 120 metres away - is the Wren's Nest pub, whose famous patrons are said to have included Mick Jagger and Julia Roberts.
Number 2 Silvermount has been restored and modernised by the owners, who have lived there for 18 years. They have kept the traditional cottage feel, though, with reproduction sash windows, complete with shutters, and reclaimed pitch pine floors acquired from a salvage yard.
They've done a lovely job outside too. The gardens are planted with fragrant flowering shrubs, and there's a deck off the kitchen and a herb garden.
The cottage is 975 sq ft, all on one floor. Inside the front porch is a living room with a reclaimed flagstone floor and a fireplace in Liscannor stone and cast iron.
At the back of the house is an open-plan kitchen, dining room and family room, with high-gloss cabinets in the kitchen area and a solid-fuel stove in the sitting area. There's also a vast, almost floor-to-ceiling window at this end of the room with a sliding door to the deck and garden.
Just off the kitchen is a separate utility, so you can continue to pursue an interest in laundry with absolute discretion, and the main bathroom is next to this.
The house has two bedrooms, one each side of the living room, and one has an en-suite shower.
The agent is Sherry FitzGerald Castleknock (01) 820 1800 and the asking price is €400,000.