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Swish family four-bed in D16 is cool for school

2 Mount Alton Court Knocklyon, Dublin 16

Asking price: €950,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald

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Appealing: the exterior of No2 Mount Alton Court

Appealing: the exterior of No2 Mount Alton Court

The garden

The garden

A rear view

A rear view

A bedroom

A bedroom

The hall

The hall

The kitchen/diner

The kitchen/diner

A living room

A living room

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Appealing: the exterior of No2 Mount Alton Court

Mount Alton Court is a quiet cul-de-sac of just six double-fronted mock-Tudor family homes. It's just off the busy Knocklyon Road but is totally private once you turn into the small enclave. No 2 has just been placed for sale and is bound to appeal to families who are looking for a larger house that's handy for schools.

At a certain time in every year in Dublin 16, talk turns to schools - who has a place and who hasn't.

St Colmcille's Junior and Community schools are just around the corner from the house, and the vendors can't say enough about how great it was to have them on the doorstep, with their two children able to walk to and from school every day in under five minutes.

The community school is co-educational and is one of the most sought-after in the area. Young couples are known to buy a house in the parish so their future children will be guaranteed a place when their time comes.

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A living room

A living room

A living room

The junior school has grown massively over the years, and is now one of the largest in the country with 383 boys and 347 girls.

No 2 Mount Alton Court was built in 1986 and the current owners bought it 10 years later. The first thing the new owners did was to take out the old leaded windows. They wanted to change them to something more to their taste and less 'Tudory', but didn't realise that the old windows were actually tinted until they were removed. They couldn't believe how much brighter the house was once the new German Kommerling triple-glazed windows were installed.

The best of everything was put into the house when it was originally constructed because the builder had built this one for himself. It's got solid mahogany doors throughout, deep architraves and high ceilings, as well a hand-crafted solid staircase and bannisters.

The couple did nothing structural in their years in the house, but made changes to upgrade and update it. The floors went from carpet to Amtico and Junckers hardwood throughout.

The old kitchen was pulled out and replaced with a Mark Wilkinson hand-crafted kitchen. It has been painted a few different colours over the years to freshen it up, so new owners could change the look of the room with a paintbrush, without having to replace a whole thing.

Most modern homes give the whole back of the house to the kitchen, but it is to the front of the house in No 2. The property is northwest-facing, so this decision was made so the room would always seem bright and warm.

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A rear view

A rear view

A rear view

There is a large utility behind the kitchen that goes all the way to the back of the house. The dividing wall could easily be knocked in to increase the size of the kitchen and have it run straight into the family room at the back.

The utility was originally built and plumbed to be used as a sauna, but the vendors have been using it as a large cloakroom.

The living and dining room are on the other side of the house. The living room, at the front, has a woodburning stove and double doors leading into the dining room, which has a gas fire and sliding doors out to the garden.

Upstairs, there would easily have been enough room for five bedrooms but it was designed as a four-bed. This means each bedroom is spacious - the vendors say there was always enough room to accommodate pullout beds for sleepovers.

The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite bathroom. The other three bedrooms are generous doubles, with one being used as an office. The main bathroom has a jacuzzi bath and shower cubicle.

The rear garden is northwest-facing so a seating area has been created at the end to catch the sun.

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The kitchen/diner

The kitchen/diner

The kitchen/diner

The back of the house feels very private, with mature trees blocking out the houses behind at Mount Alton. It has a raised cobblelock patio as you come out of the house that steps down to the lawn with the sandstone area at the back. It has a block-built shed with a boiler house on one side and a storage area on the other.

Thanks to the upgrading of the windows, the installation of solar panels and the high standard of the original build, the house has a BER rating of B3.

For those who hate having to get into the car for every little thing, Mount Alton Court is ideal.

Not only are the schools a few minutes away, but Supervalu is just around the corner too, with a few small retailers like Brambles Café and Lloyd's Pharmacy beside it.

Ballyboden St Enda's GAA club, Knocklyon Utd FC, Eanna Basketball Club and Glenanne Hockey Club are all nearby, and Rathfarnham Golf Club is about five minutes away

The vendors are emotional about leaving the hoiuse - which they say is great for parties - but as they come close to retirement, they want to live in a village close to the sea.

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