Offsetting old with new in Cabra
6 Glenard Avenue €475k
When you extend a 100-year-old house, you can do one of two things: try to honour the architectural character of the existing building, or dispense with sentiment entirely and put up something completely different.
Because modern constructions offer more light and space, most people tend to choose the latter option. And Number 6 Glenard Avenue, off Ellesmere Avenue in Dublin 7, is a prime example.
Constructed during the first decade of the 20th century, the property is a pretty terraced redbrick that began with a simple, two-up, two-down layout.
On the ground floor, this consists of a living room at the front and a dining room behind it, both complete with period features such as high ceilings with decorative roses and coving, polished wood floors and open fires.
At the back of the house is a new extension consisting of a kitchen and breakfast room, measuring about 14ft by 16ft and with barely a trace of Victoriana. The kitchen is fitted with black high-gloss cabinets with purple detailing and a breakfast bar. It is lit with skylights, and in the breakfast area there is a set of glass doors opening due west to the patio and garden.
Up on the first floor return, there is one bedroom with a cast iron fireplace and a bathroom with a skylight. The other two bedrooms, which also come with cast iron fireplaces, are on the first floor proper. The house is now 1,324 sq ft.
The back garden, meanwhile, is surrounded by an old redbrick wall, and there's a pedestrian access to a back laneway. Parking is on the street out front.
Glenard Avenue will be handy for the cross-city Luas when it is finally up and running. The Phibsboro stop will be about a handy kilometre away.
Number 6 is for sale for €475,000 with Sherry FitzGerald Drumcondra (01) 837 3737.