Friday 13 December 2019

Top let: Grand designs on the rental market

The 'townhouse' at The Sweepstakes has two floors and a garage underneath.
The 'townhouse' at The Sweepstakes has two floors and a garage underneath.
One of the double bedrooms
The kitchen features oak countertops
The sitting room leads to the balcony.
Sinead Ryan

Sinead Ryan

When The Sweepstakes development was built in the early 90s by Cosgraves, the quip was that you needed to win them to live there, such was the luxury with which they were viewed.

They were snapped up surprisingly quickly in what was then a turgid property market, hammered by high interest rates and the sterling crisis.

For this quiet gated enclave in Ballsbridge, though, no expense was spared either by developer or owners.

This three-bedroom apartment comes at a mid-priced €3,500 per month, which is about right for this neck of the woods for 990 sq ft.

This recently renovated 'townhouse' - because at over two full floors with a garage underneath, it's not properly an apartment - has been re-fitted with a plush, comfortable finish suitable for a corporate let or, indeed, a family requiring a home from home for a year.

It is located in the heart of Dublin 4, off the Merrion Road, which will appeal to anybody needing city access.

The accommodation itself is open plan on the lower floor - accessed up a set of steps (the garage which supplies the storage is underneath).

There is an entrance hallway, with sitting/dining area which goes out to the rear, all covered in polished wood flooring with interesting corners, allowing some creative use of light and furniture.

An open cast-iron fireplace is an unusual feature which you'd be far less likely to find in more modern townhouses and there is some nice cornicing and ceiling roses to add to the interior.

The furnishings are warm, with use made of neutrals in crushed velvet with accents of colour provided.

There is a dining table with seating for six and two long windows, with doors offering access to the outside, south-facing balcony.

There is a separate kitchen, in clean white and chrome lines with oak countertops.

The usual range of appliances are included and there are two large windows overlooking a green, so you don't get the closed-in feeling of a galley kitchen so common in these types of houses.

There are three bedrooms (two double, one single) up an open spindle staircase near the front entrance. The master is ensuite and there is a separate bathroom.

Outside, the red-brick buildings, with their rounded turrets are now well settled with plenty of greens, trees and shrubs and old-fashioned street lamps. The property comes with off-street parking for two cars, and the aforementioned storage below.

Lease: One year

Enquiries: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2461177

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