Saturday 25 May 2019

Brought back to life in D3

Renovated and extended Clontarf period home would suit a young family

No 90 Hollybrook Road was reconstructed and extended
No 90 Hollybrook Road was reconstructed and extended
The entrance hall with a painted wooden floor
The converted attic is used as an office and has three push-out balcony Velux windows
The living room
The living room opens through to the lounge
The low maintenance back garden with artificial grass
The kitchen

Alison Gill

Amongst the current design trends for creams, beiges and off-whites, it's refreshing to walk into a house where the owners dared to be different - the ones who get out the matchpots to experiment with a variety of colours.

When it comes to period homes in particular, owners can be conservative and formulaic when there are plenty of bright and colourful alternative approaches which can be taken without undermining the home's inherent character.

The owners of 90 Hollybrook Road are these kind of people, the ones that want guests to walk into their home and remember it, not for the functionality but for the small bursts of colour on the walls, rugs and pictures, that bring an otherwise three-bed terrace to life.

When they bought the house back in 2002, it was little more than a shell. It hadn't been lived in for years and was set out in three bedsits. One of the first projects was the eviction of the lingering tenants that were living upstairs - a rather large group of birds that had made nests in the attic.

The converted attic is used as an office and has three push-out balcony Velux windows
The converted attic is used as an office and has three push-out balcony Velux windows

Once the house was gutted, they undertook a nine-month renovation project. This included an extension to the rear of the house and the total reconstruction of the original building.

With a growing family, the owners did further work to the house in 2011 to create more space. They vaulted the ceiling on the landing, added a large Velux window and converted the attic. This room is used as an office and features a Velux Cabrio Balcony system.

It has been a very happy family home and would be ideal for a couple with young children. There are many schools in the area like Greenlanes, Belgrove and Howth Road National school for primary age children. Secondary schools close to the house include Holy Faith, Mount Temple and St Paul's.

With a floor area of 1,335 sq ft, Number 90 is a nice mix of new and old. The porch has the original brick archway and tiled floor. Beyond the blue front door, the original timber floor in the hall has been painted with a white floor paint. To the right is the living room with a polished wooden floor, open fireplace and bay window. The alcoves around the fireplace are painted in Farrow and Ball's Card Room Green. This room follows through to the lounge that would make a good play room or teen's den. From there double doors lead into the kitchen.

This is an L-shaped room with a tiled floor, hand-painted fitted kitchen, vaulted pine panelled ceiling and Velux windows. There is a utility room off the kitchen that is plumbed for a washing machine and dryer. There is also a shower room on this level.

Light pours down the stairs thanks to the new large skylight in the ceiling of the landing. There are three bedrooms upstairs, each with the original timber floors. The family bathroom has wood-panelled walls, a free-standing cast-iron bath and a corner shower.

The living room
The living room

A nice feature is the turned staircase that takes you up to the converted attic. This is a dream office for the home worker. It has three double push-out top and bottom balcony Velux windows, so you can look out over the bay from the comfort of your own home and be inspired by the view.

The back garden had a facelift in 2011 and is laid with artificial grass, so it is very low maintenance. It is west-facing and has a storage shed.

Hollybrook Road is right in the heart of Clontarf village. The seaside town has everything you could need. And even though Dublin city is only 4km away, there's no need to make the short journey if you want to keep it local. Restaurants like Moloughneys, Fishbone, Bay, Kinara and The Pigeon House are up there with the best in the city. You're spoilt for choice when it comes to pubs too with Harry Byrne's, Connolly's (known to locals as The Sheds) and The Yacht all within walking distance of the house. There are two supermarkets close to the house - Supervalu in Killester and Nolan's on Vernon Avenue. The family-owned supermarket has a bakery, butcher and places a huge emphasis on organic and artisan products.

The popular Clontarf promenade is a few minutes' walk from the house. This walkway goes down to Dollymount beach and Bull Island, or all the way to Sutton.

The planned cycle path from Clontarf into the city has been recently revised following controversy around the felling of up to 60 trees in Fairview Park. Dublin City Council went back to the drawing board and has come up with a new route that will segregate cyclists from traffic on each side of the road. It does, however, reduce two lanes of traffic to one at the Malahide Road junction which locals say will impact heavily on rush hour traffic. Work on the route is due to begin in just over a year.

If cycling into work doesn't appeal to you, Hollybrook Road accesses the Howth Road at one end and Clontarf Road at the other, so there are plenty of bus routes to choose from. The DART station at Clontarf Road is a 10-minute walk from the house.

The living room opens through to the lounge
The living room opens through to the lounge

Number 90 Hollybrook Road in Clontarf is selling through agents DNG Fairview (01 8331802) with a guide price of €720,000.

90 Hollybrook Road

Clontarf, Dublin 3

Asking price: €720,000

Agent: DNG Fairview, (01) 833 1802

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