Sturdy mid-century style on Mount Merrion's South Avenue
South Avenue in Mount Merrion is one of the streets built in the 1950s around Thornhill House, a Georgian pile that was once the home of hotelier PV Doyle and is one of the last remaining 'Big Houses' in the neighbourhood.
Later, in the 1960s, the Cherrygarth estate was constructed on part of the grounds of Thornhill, and there are now plans to build another 47 dwellings around it, against strong opposition from locals. Thornhill House itself, which sold earlier this year for €2.175m, is to stay, however.
No49 South Avenue has its back to Thornhill, its rear garden abutting the grounds of the house, and except for the addition of a sunroom at the back, No49 is still much the same as it was when it was built, albeit in exceptionally good condition.
There's still an attached garage, complete with wooden garage doors, so you can pull the Morris Minor in out of the rain; there's still a porthole window by the front door, and there are still mid-20th-century tiled fireplaces in each of the reception rooms (though painted now in a voguish grey). It's a nice tribute to the sturdily respectable houses of this era that, unlike so many of its kind, it hasn't been pulled apart and made into something completely different.
It's 1,550 sq ft in size but there is scope to extend it into the back garden, which is lawned and dotted with shrubs. You reach the garden from the skylit sunroom, used as a family room, and you reach that from the dual-aspect kitchen, which also has a door out to the side of the house and another into the garage.
There are sliding patio doors too in the rear dining room, which communicates with the front living room by means of sliding pocket doors. The first floor has three bedrooms.
No49 is for sale for €775,000 with Lynam Auctioneers, (01) 296 5374.