Cottage contemporary: a trio of cottages with city smarts
24 Farrenboley Park €550,000
Cottages were once considered to be at the forefront of progressive social housing. In times of slum dominated cities, those whose employers provided them with tiny one or two room houses for life were considered lucky.
In Dublin, the Pembroke Estate, Guinness, the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Company and various tram and rail companies were among the organisations to provide workers with homes at relatively nominal rents. Families of 14 were raised happily in two rooms.
Today the market for cottages in cities and suburbs is dominated by trendy childless couples and singles - who appreciate the compactness of apartment living but with the independence of having your own front door. Cottages are period homes brimming with character and so they carry a trendy cache, especially when they've been architect renovated to increase their square footage.
Ten foot-wide homes in original condition have been greatly expanded by digging down below ground level, moving up into the attic space and providing mezzanine floors.
Three cottages on the market at the moment include two examples of Dublin city centre artisans at Stoneybatter and Seville Place as well as an example of a rural-style cottage in Windy Arbour.
You can't get more central than the unusually named Third Avenue, located off Seville Place in Dublin 1. Here the Dublin Artisan Dwelling Company constructed cottages in the adventurously named First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenues.
Number 54 has been refurbished within an inch of its life by its current owner. A few hundred metres from the IFSC, the house spans 450 sq ft in which every inch has been utilised.
You walk in the front door and down steps to the contemporary open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen. Behind this arrangement at the back is the family bathroom, while upstairs there is a decent sized mezzanine room used as a bedroom.
The décor is primarily clean white with bright primary coloured furnishings. The kitchen has bespoke floor and eye level units, a stainless steel sink unit, an integrated Zanussi oven, microwave and four-ring hob. There is also some additional under stairs storage. There's a reasonable sized yard to the rear which the owners use for dining out in the summer months.
The property is being sold by Sherry FitzGerald (01) 6431400 which is seeking €225,000, normally the price for a one-bedroom apartment around these parts.
The same agency is selling a period cottage at Farrenboley in Windy Arbour, a locality sandwiched between Milltown and Dundrum in Dublin 14. Farrenboley was originally a township in its own right dating from the early 17th Century and this area was a centre of milling into the Victorian era.
The semi detached cottage at 24 Farrenboley Park is part of an interesting stretch arranged in a "loop" layout. The street has two entrances in close proximity and taking one route brings you around in a circle right back to the other.
The cottages in this area are believed to have been mostly provided for those working in the mills that once dominated the area on the River Dodder and its local tributary, the Slang.
Accommodation stretches to 893 sq ft and includes an entrance hall, an open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room with an engineered solid oak floor. There are wall to wall Aru windows and sliding "concertina" style doors lead outside to a decent sized garden.
The sink is in the Belfast style and located on an island unit and worktop in the kitchen. Three bedrooms and a black mosaic tiled bathroom complete the accommodation.
Neighbouring homes have been successfully extended above the kitchen and there is potential for a new owner to obtain permission for something similar.
The Dundrum branch of Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2961822 is seeking offers in the order of €550,000.
Windy Arbour has its own Luas stop and is located within walking distance of the Dundrum Shopping Centre. It is also located proximate to the River Dodder Linear Park which allows for scenic riverside walking for miles in either direction.
It's back to the city centre for our third property, an artisan terrace cottage at 59 Arbour Hill in Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 which has been architecturally renovated to take the accommodation up to almost 800 sq ft.
Like many other cottage renovations, this one has created a home on two levels in the contemporary style.
The accommodation includes an open-plan lounge, dining room and a kitchen along with access to a small patio yard.
The kitchen units are in maple and shaker style with a granite worktop, stainless steel splashback and an integrated oven/hob and fridge. There's a timber floor and an open fireplace.
There is also a utility room with plumbing for a washer/dryer off the lounge.
The upper level has two double bedrooms and a full bathroom while this house also has access to a lock up car space in a nearby lane.
The house is located within walking distance of the new Luas line and the expanding DIT campus at Grangegorman as well as the city centre itself. The Property Shop (01) 9014375 is seeking €375,000.