Dog owners along Lea Road in Sandymount, Dublin 4, must be plagued. They're just around the corner from Sandymount Strand, and their pets, sniffing the sea air all day, will never leave off staring at the front door, whining to be walked.
The back garden of No26 Lea Road is on the seaward side of the street, but luckily the garden is still a decent enough size for all but the most giant breeds, even though the house has been successively extended in its history.
In 2000, a single-storey (planning-exempt) extension was put up out the back. Then in 2006 the city council granted permission for a much more ambitious proposal involving an extension above the already converted garage, a new extension to the rear, and an attic conversion.
The result is that the house now measures a much more substantial 2,207 sq ft on three floors, and the east-facing rear has been opened up to include the garden.
At the back is an open-plan lounge and kitchen with skylights and two sets of French doors. Double doors here lead to the dining room, where there's an impressive fireplace. To the front, again through double doors, is a sitting room with another fireplace.
Right of the entrance hall then is a playroom or spare bedroom - the only secluded reception room as the others can all be thrown open into one if you're entertaining guests.
Otherwise there are three bedrooms upstairs - all with built-in wardrobes and two with ensuite showers. The converted attic consists of two rooms, both with skylights, described as a study and an office. And whatever about conformity with building regulations, at least one of these rooms is likely to be used as a bedroom too.
No26 Lea Road is for sale for €1.05m with Bennetts Sandymount (01) 260 2520.