Tuesday 26 September 2017

Top let: Grand designs on the rental market

The living room with customised bookshelves
The living room with customised bookshelves
The exterior with original sash windows
The large kitchen
One of the double bedrooms
Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

It's not clear where Rugby Road in Ranelagh, Dublin 6, got its name. Certainly, the only sports venues in the immediate vicinity are Leinster cricket grounds, Mountpleasant Lawn Tennis Club and a couple of gyms.

There are a few decent rugby schools nearby, including St Mary's in Rathmines and Terenure College and St Michaels in the other direction.

Donnybrook and Old Bective Rugby pitches are within reach, but either way, this quiet, residential street of Edwardian red-bricks is certainly ideally placed, not just for local sporting amenities but the village, with probably the highest density of posh eateries per square kilometre than anywhere else in the country. Ranelagh, of course, has the added advantage of great schools, including Gonzaga, Sandford Park, St Mary's and a host of other primary and secondary options, along with a couple of Luas stops and some nice green areas to enjoy. Being within walking distance of the city centre is an added bonus.

This property is semi-detached, with three bedrooms, which has been nicely refurbished inside, while keeping some of the original features such as the sash windows to the front, ceiling coving and the panelled front door with fanlight, along with the nice granite contrast decorative trim on the brick work.

The exterior has been kept maintenance free for the prospective tenant, with gravel, low alpine plants and, to the rear, a courtyard patio requiring little or no minding.

Inside, there is a traditional layout of a living room to the right, which has customised bookshelves fitted into the alcoves on either side of the cast iron fireplace. The floor is wood and the room, as is the rest of the house, is comfortably, though minimally, furnished.

The kitchen to the rear of the house is a nod to modernity, with new beech soft-close cupboards and plenty of storage or larder space.

It is long and narrow, benefiting from the floor-to-ceiling glass door and window to one side, which leads on to the courtyard for al fresco dining, although there is a table and chairs on the less chilly side of the glass too. A bright crimson back-splash, reflected in colour accents in the room give a startling contrast. It is fully fitted with appliances.

Upstairs are three double bedrooms. two fitted with wardrobes and beds, the third unfurnished so it could equally be used as a study or games room for kids. The modern bathroom is here too.

The property is ready for occupation in what will be its first letting.

LEASE: One year

Enquiries: Sherry FitzGerald Lettings (01) 2461177

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