Relaxed grandeur in D6 for €950k
This imposing double-fronted home comes with a cosy feeling inside
Frankfort Avenue has always been one of the most desirable residential streets in genteel Rathgar, and many of the houses here have changed hands since the millennium.
In the noughties, this avenue was white van central, as a new generation of homeowners set about ambitious and extensive programmes of renovation.
De rigueur during those years across the whole of Dubin 6 was the plonking of glass box extensions at the back, and it's possible to date the renovation quite accurately by the presence or absence of them.
The current owners of 53 Frankfort Avenue have added on a breakfast room extension overlooking their back garden, but they opted for something more modest, and more in keeping with the body of the main house. It's a room that makes the most of the sunny south-westerly orientation of the garden, and is a pleasing addition to the home.
The wraparound window seat will cry out to anyone in the middle of a novel that just demands to be finished. Truman Capote described himself as a writer who could only work while lying down, and there are many readers who can identify with that preference.
The current owners, who have lived at number 53 since 1988, are downsizing. The property was on the market early last year, priced then as now at €950,000, and a sale was agreed but did not close, hence its reappearance now.
Most of the houses along Frankfort Avenue are terraced or semi-detached, but No. 53 is one of the few detached double-fronted properties on the road.
Well-maintained, the house shows every sign of having been a happy home that is now ready to be taken on and given a new lease of life by a young family, or indeed by an older couple downsizing from one of the larger houses in the area.
With 1600 sq. ft. of living space and four bedrooms, it is not an overly large house, but benefits from good light and proportions.
There are two storeys to the front, and three to the back, and the garden would allow for further extension, subject to planning permission.
Many original features, including marble and cast iron mantelpieces, ceiling cornices, picture and dado rails, timber floors, and doors, remain intact.
The house has a charming shabby-chic, relaxed feel, and it would be possible to move in and live here just as the current owners have done, although it is more likely that it will be upgraded to some degree.
At ground floor level, there's a gracious entrance hall with cornicing and a centre rose, and off the inner hall is a guest lavatory.
The living room and lounge both have marble mantelpieces and original plasterwork, and the latter has French doors that open out on to the patio and the garden beyond.
The kitchen is fitted with wall and floor units, and has a country-cosy feel and an Aga with Sheila Maid clothes airer suspended above it.
A feature window with jewel-coloured stained glass side-panels lights the staircase leading to the upper floors. On the first floor return is a bedroom with shower room en suite, plus a separate lavatory.
At second floor level there are two double bedrooms, one of which has a marble mantelpiece, plus a shower room, and on the second floor return is the fourth bedroom. The windows throughout are timber-framed and double-glazed, and the house has gas-fired central heating and a BER rating of E2.
The garden faces south-west and is nicely secluded, with a timber-framed home office/playroom and a patio surrounded by planting and suitable for eating outdoors in fine weather.
There is also side access from the front garden, which is set in lawn either side of the path. Parking is on the street, with permits for residents.
No. 53 is positioned mid-way between the villages of Rathgar and Rathmines. Rathgar has a great array of specialty shops and restaurants.
The Organic Supermarket on Orwell Road is a magnet for foodies and healthy eaters, while Rathmines Road has Tesco, Fothergills and Lawlors Butchers. Bijou Restaurant on Highfield Road is a popular neighbourhood restaurant, while Lumanti of Nepal, on Rathgar Road, serves authentic Nepalese cuisine.
Rathmines also has a multi-screen cinema, while the Swan Leisure Centre is home to a 25m swimming pool.
Secondary schools in the area include Alexandra College, Gonzaga College, St. Louis and St.Mary's, and there are a number of national and private junior schools, including Rathgar Junior School.
Milltown Golf Club and Brookfield Tennis Club are both within easy reach, as is the city centre.
Cowper Luas is handy, as is Palmerston Park.
53 Frankfort Avenue,
Rathgar, Dublin 6
Asking price: €950,000
Agent: Douglas Newman Good, (01) 490 9000