Smart bathroom, open-plan kitchen and raised beds are the stand-out features in this communications director's home
21 Moyclare Close, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 €325,000
PR woman Lynn Hunter, founder and director of Hunter Communications, bought her Baldoyle house almost 15 years ago. Having grown up down the road in Sutton, and wanting to stay close to family and friends, Baldoyle was the closest affordable neighbourhood for a first-time buyer.
"I paid €265,000 for the house at the time," she remembers. "The market was going crazy."
Lynn was working to a tight budget initially, and says that she spent most of it on putting in a new kitchen and getting rid of the 'horrific' wallpaper and stippled plasterwork.
Over the years she has undertaken significant further upgrading, most recently installing new windows to the back of the house, a new boiler, a smart bathroom, new carpets and good LED light fittings throughout.
The house is painted white from top to bottom and the result is a truly stylish family home that is in turnkey condition, yet offers the potential to extend to the back should new owners require more living space.
At a time when so many houses are decked out with very similar furniture and accessories, it is refreshing to see a house that manages to avoid all the interior decoration cliches of 2019.
To the left of the entrance hall is a good-sized living room with an open fireplace, while the hall itself has two storage cupboards, one of which could be converted into a downstairs lavatory.
The open plan kitchen/ dining room is light and bright, with a Belfast sink and new granite worktop. Sliding doors open out on to the 13m back garden, in which there is a small shed that Lynn uses as a utility room, and a much larger studio room that is currently used for storage but which would make a fine-sized home office, studio, or games room/ den for older children and teenagers. The garden itself has raised beds and a lawn and there's space to create a nice area for eating.
Upstairs, there are two double bedrooms and one single bedroom, along with a smart family bathroom tiled in green. The bedrooms all have fitted wardrobes, and in winter, when the leaves are gone from the trees, there are sea views from the back bedroom. You can see the Hill of Howth all year round from the same window.
There's off-street parking to the front for a couple of cars, and just down the road is a quiet green with an enclosed playground area where all the local children scoot after school.
"There is a really lovely sense of community around here," says Lynn, who says that she will miss Moyclare Close when she leaves. "People look out for one another and my neighbours do kind things like putting my bins out when I'm away or if I forget."
Moyclare Close is equidistant between the Dart stations at Sutton and Bayside - the line runs directly behind the studio room in the garden, but the trains barely register when one is inside the house. There are plenty of options when it comes to local shops.
Families in the area have a good choice of schools, both primary and secondary, including St Fintan's and Santa Sabina, and there are sailing, tennis and GAA clubs with active junior programmes close by.
At Sutton Cross, beside the SuperValu supermarket, butcher Rick Higgins keeps the local carnivores well looked after with all manner of great steaks and the flavoured sausages and charcuterie that he makes on the premises, while the lovely Minetta Deli serves up excellent coffee and a mean devilled crab toastie that has been the undoing of many a good intention.
The cliff walks at Howth are one of the things that Lynn says she most enjoys about this part of Dublin, so she is not moving far - just down the road to a slightly bigger property in Sutton.
Era: circa 1980
Agent: Quillsen (01) 833 5844
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