Friday 24 May 2019

Family home boasts space to expand

26 Weirview Drive Stillorgan Co Dublin €695,000

Weirview Drive
Weirview Drive
Weirview Drive
Weirview Drive
Weirview Drive
Weirview Drive
Weirview Drive

Words by Fran Power

The three-bed semi-detached bungalow at No 26 Weirview Drive ticks most of the boxes for families with young children. It sits on a quiet road in a mature setting, just three minutes' walk from a playground in Clonmore Park, where, say vendors Emma Flynn and her husband JP Sweetman, their kids like to bomb around on their bikes.

It is close to many a good school. St Raphaela's primary and secondary school for girls sits behind Clonmore Park. Hollypark and St Laurence's Boys national schools are close, as are Willow Park and Blackrock College. For those wishing to raise their children through Irish, Colaiste Eoin and Colaiste Iosagain, are all nearby.

And No 26 has a good-sized garden front and back with off-street parking for three cars.

So it is ironic that it is because of schools that the vendors are selling. "If you asked me this time last year would we sell," says Emma. "I'd say don't be mad. We bought No 26 as our forever house and JP has on several occasions said, 'You'll take me out of here in a box, I'm never moving again'."

But they put their eldest down for a new school which they thought would be in the Goatstown/Stillorgan area, and when the dust had settled, the permanent premises turned out to be in Churchtown instead. "Our eldest loves it there and we love the school. So to make life much easier we have decided to sell because the other two kids are going to go there - one is starting in September, and the baby will go there when she's ready. It's really a convenience move."

They are sad to be leaving what has been a very happy home. They bought in 2015 and, while the house was in good order, the builders moved in first to knock walls through from front to back to give a big, bright open-plan kitchen/living space that has double doors on to the rear garden and offers views of the sea.

They tackled 'all those bits you can't see', says Emma - electrics, plumbing, insulation, windows and a new kitchen. The house carries a BER of C3 but they have since installed a stove in the sitting room which would further improve that rating.

The large master bedroom opens on to the rear garden too, and has built-in wardrobes. There is one family bathroom, so new owners might wish to reconfigure and add a second. And there are a number of options to extend - there is a fully plumbed garage adjoining the house, that subject to planning could become a study, bedroom or bathroom.

Alternatively, new owners could - as many of the neighbouring bungalows have already done - extend into the attic space. "The plan was always to go up into the attic," says Emma, "and the sea view is just amazing. It's breathtaking."

It is an enormous space mirroring the entire footprint of the original house and so would nearly double the area.

Weirview Drive is close to the N11, and so has good access to the city centre, and the Quality Bus Corridor, while the Luas stops at Sandyford and Stillorgan are both about 10 or 15 minutes' walk.

"You're spoilt for shops, restaurants, anything like that," says Emma. "We often walk to Stillorgan Shopping Centre, or go to Casanova's nearby for pizza with the kids." Another local favourite is Gotham South by the Mill House pub. There is tennis at Glenalbyn or Leopardstown tennis clubs, GAA at Kilmacud Crokes GAA Club, while swimmers can take a dip at Seapoint or enjoy the passeggiata of an evening on Dun Laoghaire's East and West piers.

While No 26 has obvious appeal for families, it is also a good option for downsizers who wish to future-proof their lives. The neighbourhood is a good mix of ages, from long-settled residents to families with young children so doesn't empty out during the day like many new housing schemes.

Era: 1950s or '60s

Size: 121sqm

Agent: Hunters (01) 289 7840

Viewing: By appointment

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