Escape the city and take off for the Orient in Beaumont's urban garden
59 Beaumont Road, D9 €650k
You might think there's only so much you can do with a suburban garden. Take a flat, geometric shape, smother it in lawn seed, throw in a bit of hedging and an ornamental cherry or two, and hey presto, you've got yourself a garden like everybody else's.
However, if you want to learn to see things differently, pay a visit to the back garden of 59 Beaumont Road in Dublin 9. You'll come away with a clear picture of the imaginative limits of a typical garden.
The garden here is oblong, as you'd expect in an urban space, and 70ft long. But to step out there is to escape the environment of Dublin 9 and take off for the Orient.
It's packed with ornamental trees, now at maturity, including Japanese maples and copper beeches, as well as conifers and bamboos. But that's not all. A stream has been constructed, along with a pond and a bridge, such as Monet might paint.
Fittingly enough, then, there's also a studio in the garden, as well as what's called a Japanese tea room fashioned from wood.
You'll reach the garden mainly from the sunroom, where there's a tiled floor and a large circular skylight.
Off this are both the cream fitted kitchen and the lounge/dining room, where there's a gas-fitted fireplace.
There's also a front drawing room with dual-aspect bay windows, solid oak floor and a marble fireplace.
The four bedrooms are upstairs. The main one has an en-suite with a Jacuzzi bath, and two others have built-in showers. Above that there's a skylit eyrie in the attic.
The house measures 1,905 sq ft in all with an adjoining garage.
It's within 20 minutes' walk of both Beaumont Hospital and DCU, and it's for sale for €650,000 with DNG Fairview (01) 833 1802.