Family home in Booterstown with garden large enough for fruit trees and vegetables is going for €1.2m
25 Woodbine Road, Booterstown, Dublin 4 €1.25m
An elderly dachshund has lived at No 25 Woodbine Road for the whole of his life, and it's easy to see why he's as contented as he is - spending his days snoozing in his bed by the Aga, mooching around the ground floor of the house and heading off into the very large garden for adventures whenever the fancy takes him.
The vendors bought the property 21 years ago, from the son of the original owners, so only two families have lived in the house over the last 70 years.
When Woodbine Road was developed after World War II, the sites were sold individually, with the purchasers building their own houses. While all the houses date from around the same time and share the characteristics of the era, there is a mix of detached and semi-detached homes and they are all subtly different.
The current owners say many of the sites were originally bought by people from the country moving to Dublin, something to which they attribute the strong sense of community in the area.
As the houses on the road change hands, the majority are extended and renovated, and No 25 will appeal to a purchaser who wants to do just that, although the house is in very good condition as is, and new owners could easily move straight in and take their time deciding on the changes that they would like to make.
There is ample precedent for extensions on a large scale in the immediate vicinity, and plenty of room on the site of No 25, subject to planning permission, to extend up, back and out and increase the size of the existing house significantly.
As currently configured, there are two large front-to-back rooms on the ground floor.
Originally these would have been four rooms, but the current owners knocked down walls to allow more light into the house and give a greater sense of space.
The kitchen is to the right of the entrance hall, with the dining area behind, and the double living room is to the left. A new stove fitted last year makes this a very toasty room.
Doors lead from the two rooms at the back of the house to the back garden, a landscaper's dream, which is large enough to accommodate all manner of sports and play equipment, a vegetable garden, fruit trees and patios for catching the sun as it moves during the day.
Although the garden faces north-west, it is so large that it gets the sun all day during the summer and it is this feature of the house that will most appeal to families with young and energetic children.
From the kitchen, there is direct access to the garage at the side of the house, currently set up as a utility/storage room, and a downstairs loo.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms - two doubles and two large singles - all with fitted wardrobes, two bathrooms, a hot press and linen closet. The attic has a high pitch and would lend itself to being converted.
The current owners say No 25 has been a terrific family house, but that they are now ready to downsize and hope to move closer to the city centre. They raised a family of four here - and the fact that two of the four have yet to learn to drive is testament to the excellent public transport in the area.
"Between the 39a, 145 and 46a, there's a bus every five minutes," say the vendors, "and also the Dart at Booterstown, which is a 15-minute walk away."
Booterstown offers a good choice of schools, both primary and secondary, including St Andrew's on Booterstown Avenue, which is mixed and has both junior and senior departments. UCD is a five-minute walk away, so there's no excuse for students living at No 25 to miss any early morning lectures, while golfers will be beguiled by the proximity of Elm Park, a mere putt away.
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