Hide and seek in Ballsbridge
Sometimes the unprepossessing can hide a magical interior and in this case small is certainly beautiful. Behind this late Georgian nonentity in an alley directly behind Baggot St Hospital lies No 2 Eastmoreland Lane, a detached building of the kind few passers-by would likely give a second glance.
What a surprise they would get if they ever managed a peek inside. The present owners have transformed this 900 sq ft, two-bedroom property into a luxury bijou city home with imagination and style. It has been refurbished and remodelled with no obvious expense spared.
The agent calls the reception room 'show-stopping' and for once the hyperbole would appear justified. The decor is certainly imaginative: Corinthian-style pillars and marble columns separate the living and dining areas and the front living space has marble floors with a reclaimed church altar fireplace providing a striking centrepiece.
Extending this tasteful interior, an Egyptian granite and brass spiral staircase rises to the two upstairs bedrooms and the dining area is finished in dark oak wall panelling with marble shelving.
If you grow tired of dining out or want to entertain, the kitchen is chic but functional. It features a glass-brick ceiling, cream units, solid granite worktops and a range of top-class integrated appliances. Rear access to Haddington Lane comes courtesy of a small courtyard to the rear.
The bedrooms upstairs span the width of the house – one to the front and one to the rear - both are en-suite. The rear bedroom is glazed from floor to ceiling on one wall and a set of French doors open onto a quiet, ornate roof garden.
The house also has a Bose surround sound system and is wired for home cinema HDTV.
Throw in the south city centre location and a resident parking permit and this little gem is one that should get the upper end of the Dublin market buzzing.
Further details from Felicity Fox (01-6334431).