Thursday 25 April 2019

End-of-terrace redbrick in North Strand is a 15 minutes' walk from the IFSC

24 Annesley Place, North Strand, Dublin 3 €400,000

Colin Treacy has made many improvements to his property on Annesley Place
Colin Treacy has made many improvements to his property on Annesley Place
Annesley Place
Annesley Place
Annesley Place

Fran Power

The end-of-terrace redbrick house on Annesley Place, 15 minutes' walk from the IFSC, has seen many changes since the vendors purchased it back in 2015.

Colin Treacy and his then girlfriend, Clare, bought the three-bedroom property for €280,000 in March that year, according to the Property Price Register. In September, the couple got married and, two years later, their baby daughter, Alice, arrived.

And the house was adapted accordingly. In fact, the pair originally planned to extend their kitchen/dining space out to the rear to accommodate their new arrival, and sought and received planning permission to do so. But now that Alice is a toddler, they have decided to move a little further north to Clontarf in search of a house with a back garden instead.

However, new owners will enjoy the potential to extend, with a roomy west-facing yard, complete with garden shed and high walls on the streetside boundary.

To the rear of No 24 is a large warehouse that was formerly a joinery and planning application is currently pending for a development of apartments to be built there. However, the house will not be overlooked by the development, maintains Colin.

No 24 dates back to sometime in the mid-1900s and appears on the 1880s Municipal Boundary Commission map. It has surprisingly high ceilings at 10ft that, together with the bay window in the front reception room, lend an elegant edge.

Annesley Place
Annesley Place

When the pair first moved in, says Colin, who is a keen DIYer, he started to remove the wallpaper in the sitting room, only to find the plaster came off too. In the end he removed the lot, bringing the walls back to the brick and adding internal insulation, new double-glazed sash windows, cornice work and a picture rail. The brickwork was left on show in the fireplace and the original floorboards, which were hidden under laminate, burnished up to a glossy black.

To the rear of the sitting room is a family room that houses Alice's toys, and also doubles as a dining room. These two reception rooms could be knocked through into one to make a large open plan space. The kitchen - currently decked out with fitted units in duck egg blue is to the rear of the house, with the family bathroom leading off behind.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is a fine, bright room with wood floors and built-in wardrobes. There is a second roomy guest room and, on the return, their daughter's bedroom.

The house runs to 113sqm in all, and is ready for new owners to take up residence without doing much more than unpacking their bags.

Annesley Place
Annesley Place

There is a low-maintenance garden behind the railings to the front of No 24. And there is residents' parking on the street, but the house has a separate side entrance to the rear yard that allows off-street parking.

Besides its proximity to the city centre, No 24 is just a 10-minute walk to Fairview Park, a 20-hectare green space with playing fields, tree-lined walks and a children's playground.

North Strand boasts a fine Italian restaurant, Da Mimmo's, while the Cloud Cafe is the place for a weekend brunch of cannellini beans on sourdough. Fairview village is the couple's go-to for nights out. Bru House serves up craft beers, says Colin, and their food is fantastic. The weekly shop is done at Lidl and Aldi, both on East Wall Road.

There are a number of local schools within walking distance, including St Joseph's CBS and St Mary's National School.

No 24 would suit first-time buyers priced out of the new homes developments in Santry and Clontarf or those looking for a turnkey home with period character and the potential to extend.

Era: Mid-1800s

Size: 113sqm

Agent: Quillsen (01) 833 5844

Viewing: By appointment

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