This €850k Mount Merrion home commands views of the Dublin Mountains
Newly-built semi in Mount Merrion has an A2 energy rating
In 1930s England, before the outbreak of the Second World War, an unprecedented building boom led to development along the green belts of cities of some four million 'dream homes', as they were billed to urban dwellers weary of pollution and rented accommodation.
Likewise, this 'garden city' idyll was also being touted to Dublin city residents, with ads promising life in the country with "space to breathe" in the former Mount Merrion estate, between the Dublin Mountains and the sea.
Among the homes built around 1939 was 2 South Avenue. Clard Developments recently bought that house, renovated it and secured permission for two new homes in the grounds.
Clard sold the original house last year and constructed two semi-detached homes in the side garden of Number 2, built in the same style as the original, albeit to an A2-rated standard - a rarity amongst Mount Merrion homes.
Clard, led by David Fitzpatrick, specialises in boutique high-end housing and apartment developments. In Dun Laoghaire Clard transformed the old landmark Pierre Hotel into a development of luxury apartments.
One of the newly-built semis on South Avenue, 2B, was bought in 2017 for €775,000 and the second, 2A, has just come on the market at €825,000 (it has a larger garden).
This three-bed semi is essentially a modern twist on its wartime predecessor, with the developer replicating period features such as a fanlight over the grey front door, box-bay windows, and a half render, half red-brick façade with a marine-style porthole.
To the rear of the house is a south-west facing landscaped garden that can be accessed through floor-to-ceiling double sliding doors from the kitchen/diner. The garden has twin patios with ambient LED lighting, a barbecue area with a heated outdoor lamp, and an underground rainwater harvesting system. To the front of the property there is enough off-street parking for two cars in the gravelled driveway.
The three-storey property, which spans 1,345 sq ft, was fitted out by award-winning interior designer Tara Kenny, who added touches such as classic wood panelling to the entrance hall, herringbone lime-washed solid oak flooring throughout the ground floor, velvet carpet to the bedrooms and stairwell, ambient lighting, and recessed LED downlighters throughout.
To the right of the oak-floored hallway is a guest lavatory with a glazed porthole window, Villeroy & Boch tiling and underfloor heating. There is also a cloakroom under the staircase.
Off to the left of the hallway is a living room with a bay window and a recessed wood-burning stove.
Sliding double doors lead from there to an open-plan dining/kitchen area. The in-frame hand-painted kitchen is fitted with an oak interior, an island unit with a stone worktop and integrated appliances. Both the kitchen/diner and the living room have recessed speakers.
Upstairs, off the first-floor landing, is a master bedroom with floor-to-ceiling hand-painted wardrobes with an oak interior and built-in drawer units, as well as a front bay window. The accompanying en-suite is fitted with a walk-in rain-shower, Villeroy & Boch tiling and sanitary ware, a concealed cistern and underfloor heating.
The second bedroom on this floor is a double, and it also comes with built-in hand-painted wardrobes. The family bathroom is fitted with a bath. The second floor is home to the third double bedroom, which commands views of the Dublin Mountains from two large skylights. The en-suite, which also has a walk-in rain-shower and Villeroy & Boch tiling and sanitary ware, leads to a storage space with a Mediterranean-style laundry room fitted with a washing machine, A-rated pump condenser dryer, and worktops.
The whole house has been sound-proofed, so the prospective buyer won't hear a peep from the residents of the neighbouring semis. It also has a range of security features, including CCTV with three external cameras, a high-definition intercom system and sliding electric gates.
2A South Avenue has an A2 BER, thanks - in part - to multi-zone climate and water control that's powered by an energy efficient Worcester gas boiler, so utility bills will likely be an average €620 a year.
The property is close to the end of South Avenue, where it meets Kilmacud Road, so it's close to Stillorgan village. The house will especially appeal to families, as it's near sought-after junior and secondary schools such as Scoil San Teresa, Mount Anville, Willow Park, St. Andrew's, Blackrock and Oatlands College, as well as University College Dublin.
It is also just a seven-minute walk to the recently refurbished Stillorgan shopping centre, while Dundrum Town Centre and the Frascati shopping centre are also close by. Dublin city centre is 7km away.
The same selling agent has also put 1 South Avenue on the market for €850,000. The site comes with a home in need of refurbishment, as well as full planning permission for a new detached house. 2A South Avenue, Mount Merrion, Co Dublin is priced at €825,000 through Janet Carroll Estate Agent (01) 288 2020.
2A South Avenue
Mount Merrion, Co Dublin
Asking price: €825,000
Agent: Janet Carroll Estate Agent, (01) 288 2020