Half a century of loyalty in Bray for €450k
4 Ashbury Park, Sidmonton €450k
Towards the end of his life, the landscape painter Paul Henry moved to 1 Sidmonton Square in Bray, Co Wicklow. The reason was that he was in his 70s by then, his eyesight was failing, and the isolation of his former home, Carrigoona Cottage in Kilmacanogue, was becoming onerous.
Henry found Sidmonton Square "charming", he said, and very much enjoyed its easy access. He lived there with his second wife, the artist Mabel Young, until his death in 1958 at the age of 81.
On the western end of Sidmonton Square is Ashbury Park, a cul-de-sac of 1960s-built houses whose occupants are also, like Henry, loyal to the locality. Number 4 Ashbury Park, for instance, has never changed hands since it was built in 1962.
It's a semi-detached house measuring 1,587 sq ft, with four bedrooms and three reception rooms, and while it's in good condition, it could do with a little updating.
Left of the entrance hall on the ground floor there's a bay-windowed dining room, and behind it is the living room, which has an open fireplace.
To the right of the entrance hall - although not accessible from there - is a family room. This opens by means of an archway into the kitchen at the back of the house.
Beyond that, an extension has been added which a new owner may like to reconfigure. It consists of a utility area and bathroom, and has a door to the back garden. You can't reach the garden, though, from either the kitchen or the living room. The four bedrooms are upstairs, and there's a bathroom on each level.
The back garden is paved, surrounded by creeper-clad walls and hedging. The front garden is also paved, for off-street parking.
The agent is Janet Carroll in Blackrock, (087) 400 2020, and the asking price is €450,000.