Sunday 21 January 2018

High fidelity in Blackrock

Woodlawn, Blackrock €1.25m

Woodlawn was built in the 1980s in a Tudor Revival style
Woodlawn was built in the 1980s in a Tudor Revival style
The living room with open fireplace

There's nothing like the smug superiority of the musical snob. Think John Cusack in the film adaptation of High Fidelity. But you don't have to own your own record shop to get the measure of other people's inferiority. You can just invite potential friends around to your house, play your choice of music for them, and then rush to judgment.

This is especially true if you've got a multi-room sound system. There'll be no escape then from your wall-to-wall (literally) Rage Against the Machine, 1980s Miles Davis, or Alphorn Favourites.

Woodlawn, at Carysfort Downs in Blackrock, has a multi-room music system that extends into the garden, so you can bombard your guests' ears even as they're trying to run away. There'll be no room left for doubt as to where they stand in your esteem.

Woodlawn was built in the 1980s, during the height of the late 20th century Tudor Revival. The current owners bought it in 2001 and extended it to 2,422 sq ft.

The living room with open fireplace
The living room with open fireplace

The extension added an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room at the back of the house, together with a sunroom. These rooms also all flow into a living room and a TV room, so it's a house that's cut out for large parties of music fans, whether they agree or not.

For more secluded recreation, there's also a study to the left of the entrance hall - the only room on this floor that you can shut yourself into.

The first floor has four bedrooms, and two are en-suite including the dual-aspect master bedroom, which runs the length of the upper floor and has a vaulted ceiling.

The front garden is paved for parking and the back garden is lawned and surrounded by flower beds and red-brick walls.

Woodlawn is for sale for €1.25m with Sherry FitzGerald Blackrock (01) 288 0088.

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