Four redbricks currently for sale in Dublin 6
32 Villiers Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6 €1,350,000
Completely renovated and refurbished in 2011, 32 Villiers Road is effectively a new house within the shell of the original, located a few minutes' walk from the shops and restaurants of Rathgar.
The five-bed family home is set back from the road behind wrought-iron railings and a smart-landscaped garden. There's 211sqm of living space (including 24sqm at attic level), and many original period features - corniced ceilings and centre roses, stained glass panelling, solid oak and walnut floors and ornate slate fireplaces - have been restored, with others sympathetically replicated.
The house is in walk-in condition, providing a backdrop that works equally well with contemporary or classical tastes.
On the ground floor, a wide hallway leads to two interconnecting reception rooms, separated by sliding doors and nicely bright thanks to the bay window and double French doors that lead from the dining room into the internal courtyard. Also accessed from the hall is a guest lavatory and large under-stairs storage area.
The open plan kitchen, dining and living space looks out over the rear garden, which is private and laid in artificial grass. The kitchen is fitted with top-of-the-range integrated appliances, and the living room has a wall of glass with sliding doors leading directly to the limestone patio, with the lawn beyond. Off the kitchen is a utility room with direct access to the internal courtyard.
The master bedroom is a large, bright room with a bay window overlooking the rear garden, with an en-suite shower room and separate dressing room. The property has two further double bedrooms, plus two single bedrooms.
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4300
Refurbished in Rathmines
Fleur de Lis at 13 Grosvenor Place in Rathmines is a renovated and extended semi-detached two-storey- over-garden-level family home. The interior of the Victorian property has a tasteful, contemporary feel and there are landscaped gardens and handy vehicular rear access. There's 289 sqm of living space, with well-proportioned, high-ceilinged interconnecting reception rooms, cornicing, marble fireplaces and working shutters. The modern Arena kitchen opens directly to the private rear garden. Two of the four bedrooms are en suite, and there is also a family bathroom; the bathrooms are fitted with Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware. Grosvenor Place is a few minutes' walk from the shops and convenient for a range of schools.
Agent: Lisney (01) 638 2700
Timeless in Terenure
No 9 Healthfield Road on the Rathgar side of Terenure is an Edwardian Stringer-built home located in a quiet cul-de-sac. The double-fronted, semi-detached house has five bedrooms, one of which is en-suite, as well as an attic studio, and there's 287sqm of living space, with good ceiling heights and elegant proportions. The house has been refurbished and modernised in part; new owners are likely to want to put their own stamp on it. A kitchen/dining area was re-fitted recently and overlooks the conservatory and large, sunny back garden, to which there is side access. The villages of Terenure and Rathgar are within walking distance, and it's three miles from the city centre, with a good and frequent local bus service.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 490 7433
Right in Ranelagh
It's all about location, location, location at 20 Elmwood Avenue, on the doorstep of Ranelagh village. The house has old-world charm and period features in abundance, with plenty of natural daylight throughout. There's 73sqm of living space, with an entrance hall, a living room to the front and a dining room and kitchen to the rear, with access to the garden area. Upstairs, there are two large double bedrooms and a family bathroom. A floored attic space (with Velux window) can be accessed via a pull-down step ladder, and there is the potential for an attic conversion to create additional bedroom or office space, as some of the neighbouring houses have done. Ranelagh has it all in terms of shops and restaurants, and proximity to the city centre.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 496 9909