Maria Rogers, the vendor of 39 Botanic Avenue in Glasnevin, Dublin 9, admits to being mad about houses. It's a family thing, she says.
In fact, on summer holidays when she was a child, they would drive around looking at properties for sale, taking down estate agents numbers, and the odd time going inside to view them, or peeking in the windows.
Most of the time, though, they'd just imagine their lives there.
So when it came to buying her own place back in 2012, Maria and her dad spent 18 months happily viewing properties before she went sale agreed on No 39, a terraced redbrick dating to 1910. The place was divided into two flats, but still had some lovely period details, including unusual filigree detailing in the hall, and an elegant architrave around the door of the main bathroom. "It was one of the things that really sold the house to me," says Maria, a librarian in the Oireachtais. "I'm a bit obsessed with the early 20th Century period, anything between 1900 and the inter-war period."
Maria carried out a lot of structural work, re-slating the roof, putting in gas central heating, and rewiring. She insulated all the external walls and converted the attic space, adding two Velux windows. She was single then, so kept the house in flats, renting out the ground floor and moving into the top floor herself.
"I lived in it very happily with my friends for years," she says. Then she met Mike McHugh and that led to marriage and five months ago, the birth of baby Donnacha.
Eighteen months ago, the couple turned the two parts of No 39 into one dwelling and replaced the front windows with double-glazed ones. Now the family are on the move to the country and her 'labour of love' has - with much regret - launched to the market with a price tag of €495,000.
A Zoom tour of the property shows a cleverly designed layout that is deceptively spacious and retains many original features, including wooden floors and covings.
The 'priest's room' to the front of the house has an original cast-iron fireplace with inset tiles that was hidden, says Maria, behind 13 coats of paint. "I painstakingly stripped that back," she says, adding with a laugh, "That's a job that I would outsource if I were ever to do it again."
The couple knocked through to the room behind - formerly a sitting room when the house was in flats - to make the two rooms into a brighter, connected living/kitchen space.
"We went to kitchen places and they were giving us mad quotes that didn't make the most of such a compact space so we decided we'd do it ourselves."
Husband Mike is an engineer, and used CAD to design a space that uses smart ideas such as the hob splashback, which is a print set behind fireproof glass, or the open shelving designed for office spaces. The former chimneypiece houses the extractor fan for the hob, and there is a central quartz-topped island with oak units.
And there's the design feature that Maria loves most - a tiny shelf that houses cookbooks and cutting boards and runs from floor to ceiling. "That," says Maria, laughing, "was possibly the biggest strain on our marriage".
Off the kitchen is a self-contained dining room that seats eight 'and a few toddlers', something that is popular again now that home working is the new normal.
Leading off this room is a bathroom, a reminder of No 39's former life as a rental property. Prospective owners might prefer to divide the room into a WC and a boot room, as it also has access to the rear garden.
The ground floor also has a largish utility room, again with access to the rear garden. With Japanese-style planting, the garden is large enough to have two sheds, one that is open-fronted and kitted out with a sofa and table where the family like to catch the last of the evening sun. There is also rear access to a back lane.
The first floor return comprises the family bathroom, with two good-sized double bedrooms on the first floor. Originally there was a third smaller bedroom, but the couple decided to divide it in two to add a second window and a walk-in wardrobe to their master bedroom. The remaining boxroom is now Mike's office. The converted attic space is large enough to contain a double bed though is not storage space
There is no residents' parking on Botanic Avenue, which can be busy, so locals park around the corner on St Ita's Road where it is currently free.
The property is at the Glasnevin end of Botanic Avenue and is popular with young families, as it is close to the city centre but still has lots of green space and playgrounds - No 39 is sandwiched between the National Botanic Gardens and Griffith Park - as well as plenty of schools, including junior and secondary gaelscoileanna.
"I'm in Dublin 15 years," says Maria, who is from Leitrim originally, "and I moved to Drumcondra around 2006 or 2007 when it was real studentsville, first stop for culchies off the train! Now it's got so many young families."
New owners will have their pick of new cafes, pubs and restaurants, as well as old favourites such as McMahon's, The Gravediggers in Glasnevin or the Washerwoman for date nights.
2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
Agent: Coonan Estate Agents (01) 628 6128
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