Saturday 21 April 2018

Living it up in D4 rugby mecca

Leinster season ticket holders will be in their element

5 Simmonscourt: the townhouse has 2,215 sq ft of accommodation
5 Simmonscourt: the townhouse has 2,215 sq ft of accommodation
The back garden of 5 Simmonscourt
The kitchen's country-style wood finish.
The home office/study.
The conservatory, with atrium-style roof, leads to the rear of the property.

Katy McGuinness

Simmonscourt is a gated development tucked away off Simmonscourt Road, which runs from the intersection with Anglesea Road over to the Merrion Road at the RDS. If there is a heartland to D4, then this is it. Number 5 is within walking distance of everything locals hold dear.

For starters, and perhaps most importantly, it could not be more conveniently located to the home ground of the Leinster rugby team in the RDS. At Friday night games, you'll see the great and the good of Dublin society, and the area buzzes with atmosphere. New owners will definitely want to invest in a season ticket.

They might also wish to become members of the RDS itself, which offers a home away from home for local residents in which to catch up on the news - it's more print than tablets here - and avail of its dining facilities. The Intercontinental Hotel (formerly the Four Seasons) is another option.

In summer, the Horse Show is the major social event and the new owners of No 5 will find themselves popular with long out-of-touch horsey friends on the scrounge for a bed within trotting distance of the showground.

Year-round, of course, the RDS hosts conferences and exhibitions, and No 5 could be an attractive short-term rental or Air BnB option for an investor.

The development was constructed about 15 years ago by Cosgrave and the landscaping is now mature and well-established. Number 5 has two designated parking spots to the front. The current owners are down-sizing.

The townhouse has 2,215 sq ft of accommodation, which is well maintained and laid out over three floors. As currently configured, the layout provides generous living space over two floors, with three bedrooms on the upper level.

In architectural style, it mimics the Georgian and Victorian aesthetic of the neighbourhood. Steps lead up to the period-style front door and the entrance hall has a dado rail and detailed plasterwork.

Off the entrance hall, to the front of the house, is a home office/study with solid oak flooring and a sash window, kitted out with fitted shelving and a desk unit. It's a room with plenty of space to get on with some serious work.

To the rear of the house at this level is an elegant drawing room, spanning the width of the property, with a bay window flanked by two picture windows overlooking the back garden. Features include ceiling coving, recessed lighting, dado rail and a marble fireplace. There is also a shower room and guest lavatory at this level.

Upstairs, the master bedroom suite is situated to the rear of the house. It has the same generous dimensions, bay and picture windows, as the drawing room below, along with fitted wardrobes and a spacious bathroom with separate shower cubicle.

There are a further two bedrooms to the front of the house on this level, a double and a single, both with fitted wardrobes, ceiling coving and sash windows. These share a bathroom with a double shower cubicle.

At garden level, the kitchen has a tiled floor, country-style wood-finish units, marble worktops and splash-back, a Bosch dishwasher and Neff cooking appliances.

Located to the front of the house, the kitchen has a separate utility room off and there is useful storage space located under the front steps.

Behind the kitchen is a spacious living room with a working fireplace that leads out to the conservatory, with an atrium-style roof, and on to the back garden.

There's a guest lavatory at this level. The garden is paved and low maintenance, with raised beds and pedestrian access to Simmonscourt Avenue.

Number 5 Simmonscourt will be of interest to empty-nesters downsizing from larger houses in the area and for those seeking a manageable home within easy reach of the city centre.

Grafton Street and St Stephen's Green are within waling distance, as is Grand Canal Dock.

The villages of Ballsbridge and Donnybrook are equidistant. Donnybrook in particular has good specialty food shops, including a butcher, a fishmonger, The Black Pig, which carries a fine range of Spanish food and wine, and branches of Donnybrook Fair and

The Butler's Pantry. Donnybrook also has chemists, a book shop, and two wine shops, so all the requirements for a civilised life are to hand.

Donnybrook is also home to some good restaurants, including O'Connells, Mulberry Garden and The Greenery, while Ballsbridge has Roast and The French Paradox on Shelbourne Road.

Both villages have a selection of pubs, with Leinster player-owned The Bridge in Ballsbridge, and Kiely's in Donnybrook particular favourites with the rugby crowd.

Convenient secondary schools include St Michael's and St Conleth's for boys, and Loreto on the Green, Muckross and Teresian's for girls, while Donnybrook Tennis Club and Riverview are also close by.

5 Simmonscourt

Simmonscourt Rd, Dublin 4

Asking price: €1.25m

Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald Ballsbridge (01) 2698888

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