Beautiful Seapoint home hits the market at €1.95m
A double-fronted spacious Dublin family home has huge locational pluses
Seapoint Lodge, Seapoint Avenue, Monkstown, Co Dublin, Asking price: €1.95m, Agent: Lisney, Dun Laoghaire (01) 2806820
Having a Blue flag beach on your doorstep in Dublin is a rarity. There are only five currently listed as achieving the gold standard and Seapoint is one of them.
Within a stone's throw of the popular bathing spot is Seapoint Lodge at Seapoint Avenue in Monsktown - currently on offer for €1.9m. The cash buys you almost 5000 sq ft or five times the size of a starter semi.
This is a large double-fronted, semi-detached, red-brick house which has another big locational plus - being right opposite Seapoint DART Station.
For a bit of history, it's also within a very short walk of the area's historic Martello Tower, one of 26 intercommunicating defensive installations installed in the early 1800s to protect the capital from sea invasion.
The current owners have lived here for over ten years, and have carried out an extensive refurbishment project. Now they are moving closer to town to be nearer their children's schools.
Inside, the entrance hall is floored in walnut parquet and there is elaborate plasterwork on the ceiling. To the left, the kitchen occupies the room with the large bay to the front.
Often the owners of period houses make the mistake of relegating the kitchen to the basement, where there is less light, the rooms are less grand and the ceilings lower.
In a family house, the kitchen is always the room that gets the most use, and is likely to be occupied more than any other. It makes sense to put it in one of the best rooms.
The deep red kitchen of Seapoint Lodge is a large room, but the presence of the Aga makes it immediately cosy. A substantial centre island with a natural stone worktop offers plenty of storage, as does the corner pantry, something on every serious cook's wish list. Steps lead down to the family/television room, which is decorated in modish greys and has a contemporary feel.
From here there is access to the back garden, and also to the stairs that would lead to the basement level if the connection between the two floors were to be reinstated.
On the other side of the entrance hallway are the formal dining room to the front, and the drawing room to the rear.
Folding double doors connect the two. Both have period marble fireplaces and ornate ceiling plasterwork. There are paired sash windows at either end. From the drawing room, these overlook the garden. There is a guest lavatory on the ground floor.
On the return, there is a bright room with double-aspect windows currently in use as a study. This could be used as a bedroom if needed, but makes an ideal home office.
On the first floor, there are four double bedrooms. The master bedroom occupies the room directly above the kitchen, and from the bay windows there are views of the sea.
The dressing room off the master bedroom is fitted with extensive clothes hanging space and has ample storage space.
The master bedroom also has access directly on to a lavish bathroom with natural stone tiled floor, step-in power shower, and double wash hand basins, as a well as a roll top bath with claw feet.
The three further bedrooms - one to the front of the house, which has sea views, and two to the rear, overlooking the back garden - are spacious and tastefully decorated, with ceiling coving and sash windows.
There is a decent-sized shower room with a Fired Earth step-in power shower.
From the first floor landing steps lead up to a utility room on the second floor. This is plumbed for washing and drying machines but was originally a bathroom and could be converted back without too much difficulty, as the plumbing remains in situ.
The basement of the house has been left untouched, and will require significant expenditure to bring it into a condition in which it can be used.
Bearing in mind that Seapoint Lodge is a protected structure, the basement could either be reintegrated into the main house, or perhaps become a separate self-contained unit which can either produce a decent rental income for the new owners or house an elderly or teenage family member.
Outside, the garden is a reasonable size for a family, stretching the width of the house and extending to about 50ft. It is surrounded by a high granite wall, and there is a patio. Side access is via a lane over which Seapoint Lodge has a right of way, but which is the main drive to the house behind.
A wide selection of schools within easy reach makes this a good location for families. Nearby in Monkstown and Blackrock there is excellent shopping and eating, and Dun Laoghaire is home to four sailing clubs and the Irish National Sailing School.