Monday 24 September 2018

The rear extension to this €725k Clontarf home is a total dream

7 Grosvenor Court, Clontarf, Dublin 3: €725,000

The four-bed family home at Grosvenor Court has a roomy recent extension
The four-bed family home at Grosvenor Court has a roomy recent extension

Words by Fran Power

This month saw the low-key opening of the Clontarf Baths, or at least the restaurant attached to the outdoor seawater pool built in the 1880s. Swimmers will have to wait until late April for the opportunity to take a dip in the pool, renovated at a cost of roughly €1m.

It's just another sign that Clontarf, the northside suburb within an easy commute of the city centre, is having a day in the sun. In a recent property price report published by IPAV, the Institute of Professional Auctioneers and Valuers, Clontarf was the fifth most expensive area in Ireland to buy, with an average house price of €540,000.

The most recent CSO figures for property, published this month, show that the mean house price in the area is a more modest €441,583, against an overall Dublin house price of €428,660.

While it may be cold comfort for those trying to get on the ladder in the area, for those selling, these high values are good news.

A living room with sliding door at Grosvenor Court
A living room with sliding door at Grosvenor Court

There are many reasons why the area is so popular - proximity to good schools, easy commute times, a choice of Dart stations at Killester or Clontarf, a sea view if you're lucky, and Dollymount Strand and the coastal cycle path, as well as every shade of sporting club or facility from golf to rugby, cricket, GAA or tennis.

"Clontarf has a suburban feel," says selling agent Laura Kane of Sherry FitzGerald, "but it's close to the city centre and very accessible. Properties are always in demand here. It's a family market."

No 7 Grosvenor Court is a four-bed terraced property built in the 1990s in a quiet cul-de-sac just off Vernon Avenue. It had been rented out for a few years before its current vendors, Michael and Joan Daly, bought it in the year 2000. They have carried out a good deal of renovations in their 18 years there, including putting in new windows and most recently, an extension to the rear of the house.

"We did the big job back in 2016," says Michael. "The builder did a great job - Ger Griffin Construction and his architect." They added a dining space that extended out into the garden and has two floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open onto the newly landscaped rear garden.

The floor is tiled, while the Arena kitchen is by SieMatic and has a Miele oven and hob. The large island has a pop-up plug fitting and that on-trend cook's accessory, an instant hot water tap. A skylight positioned above the island area makes for a bright working space.

A utility room off the kitchen area houses the boiler, as well as laundry appliances and a sink.

The low-maintenance garden at Grosvenor Court
The low-maintenance garden at Grosvenor Court

Unlike most homeowners who carry out large works, the pair decided against going completely open plan in their living spaces. But then, they are parents to two children, one a teenager and the other, 11 years old, ages when having separate living spaces to entertain, watch movies or do homework becomes a boon.

With that in mind, they carved out an extra living room in the refit, bringing the total number to three. One to the front of the house that they clipped off the main open plan space, a study to the right of the hall, and a large living room that leads into the kitchen/dining room, but has the option of being closed off with clever sliding pocket door. It also has floor-to-ceiling glass doors that open onto the rear garden and a feature built-in gas fire.

The first floor comprises a good-sized family bathroom with bath and shower. The master bedroom has built-in wardrobes and an en suite with shower and rain-shower head. There is a second double to the front of the house, a third good-sized single bedroom and a fourth single, all of which have smart built-in wardrobes.

There is ample room to the front of the house for parking two cars - a big plus in a cul-de-sac where parking is at a premium. There's also a green space where local children can kick a football, play Frisbee or run the dog. For longer sprees, there is a dedicated 'dog park' at nearby St Anne's Park, or for their owners, the weekly 5km Fun Run.

Era: 1990s

Size: 125sqm

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 853 2768

Viewing: By appointment

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