Light and bright home by the Dodder going for €575,000
11 St Luke's Crescent Dundrum Road Milltown, Dublin 14: €575,000
When Sarah Kinsella bought her home, 11 St Luke's Crescent, in 2007, the former corporation house had not been touched in many years. No 11 was crying out for a top to bottom renovation, but Sarah decided to do more than refurbish and took what had been a small three-bed, two-reception, one-bathroom house and turned it into a stylish modern place to live.
"It was," she says, "quite an undertaking."
On the ground floor, Sarah went for an open-plan layout, knocking down the wall between the two downstairs rooms and replacing it with glazed double doors, giving the option of separating the sitting room to the front from the living/ dining room to the back. She also extended into the back garden, and managed to squeeze in a handy downstairs loo, utility room off the kitchen and some useful under-stairs storage space.
The result is a light and bright ground floor that feels stylish and contemporary and has, Sarah says, been great for entertaining.
The sitting room to the front retains its original fireplace, while the L-shaped kitchen/ dining/ living room has a pitched roof fitted with Velux windows and overlooks the back garden, to which it has access. The kitchen is fully-fitted and comes with a range of integrated appliances including an Indesit oven, hob, hood and fridge/freezer. There is even a wine fridge, ready to be filled with Picpoul de Pinet for summer parties.
It feels like a proper large family kitchen rather than the kind of poky room that one often finds in houses of this size.
Upstairs, by sacrificing one of the three bedrooms, Sarah ended up with two good doubles - one en suite and one adjacent to the family bathroom - on the first floor.
"I wish that I'd had another €20,000 when I was doing the work," says Sarah, "because I would have gone up into the attic and had a third bedroom. But I did leave space on the landing for another staircase, so new owners will have the option to do that in the future."
Sarah worked with her aunt, interior designer Patricia Browne, on the decor and the house is in turnkey condition.
The new configuration of the living space will make the house attractive to several distinct cohorts of purchasers, from couples and young families to older right-sizers wanting to stay in the area.
Sarah points out that the space - both inside and out - is more generous than one would find in a new house with the same number of rooms.
St Luke's Crescent is a quiet enclave facing on to a half-moon green set back off the Dundrum Road and, while Sarah says that many of her neighbours have been there for years, other houses have changed hands in recent years and there is a lovely mixed community here, with both families with young children and older people.
"It's very neighbourly and feels very safe," she says. "In the summer we all do barbecues together on the green; there's a lovely family feel to St Luke's Crescent." To the front, there is off-street parking for three cars, while the back garden is paved in sandstone, with a few flower beds.
A gate leads out to the linear park that runs along by the Dodder, a feature that will particularly appeal to dog owners and runners. Turn one way and you can walk as far as Clonskeagh House, in the other direction you can walk or cycle all the way along to Rathgar and Bushy Park in Rathfarnham.
Dundrum town centre is a short distance away, with all the shops, cinemas and restaurants that one could ever need, while Milltown Luas is a five-minute walk away. There are plenty of schools in the area - Alexandra College and Gonzaga being particularly close - and UCD is also handy.
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