Three-bed home in one of Dublin's most desirable villages jumps over €280,000 in four years following revamp
18 OAKLEY ROAD Ranelagh, Dublin 6: €895,000
'How do you know that someone lives in Ranelagh?" goes the old joke. And why wouldn't you tell everyone that you live in what is arguably the most desirable of Dublin's villages?
Oakley Road runs from the junction with Dunville Avenue down to Charleston Road. The houses are an attractive mix of mainly period properties, including a couple of quite grand villas at its upper end, one of which belongs to the Canadian Embassy.
The Scoil Bhríde and Lios na nÓg gaelscoileanna are a few doors along from No 18, and Ranelagh also has the multi-denominational Educate Together national school; there is a good choice of secondary schools in the area including Gonzaga, Sandford Park and Muckross.
The current owners bought No 18 in December 2014 for a price recorded on the Property Price Register as €612,500.
They set about a full and comprehensive renovation, and it is now in pristine condition, decorated in a tasteful palette of neutral greys and retaining many original period features.
As part of the refurbishment, the vendors installed a new boiler and heating system, inserted triple-glazing into the original window frames, and laid new Chetham wood floors; the herringbone floors in the kitchen/dining space are particularly attractive.
The current owners say that part of the house was originally a stables and incorporated at a later date, which explains why the property is on several different levels.
Immediately opposite the front door on the entrance level is an irregular-shaped sitting room, while down a few steps to the left is the open-plan kitchen/ dining room. The bespoke fitted kitchen to the front is by John Tuite, with stone counter-tops and a large Belfast sink.
The dining area opens out to the garden via glazed double patio doors, and there's a guest lavatory off the entrance hall.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms - two doubles and a single - and a smart family bathroom, again spread over two different levels. Each of the bedrooms has fitted wardrobes.
Steps lead from the garden to a substantial basement. The ceiling height here is too low for this to be considered living space so its 28sqm is not included in the overall floor area. It is currently used as a utility room and for storage.
There is off-street parking to the front, and rear access through a door in the rear boundary wall, which is handy for bins and bicycles.
Last year, the current owners secured planning permission for a single-storey extension which would bring the kitchen/ dining room out as far as the boundary wall to the back.
Obviously this would involve sacrificing part of the west-facing rear garden, but there would still be room for a table and chairs outside, and it would mean that all the main family living space could be on one level.
One of the best things about living on Oakley Road is surely the proximity to Morton's, less than a two-minute walk away. The D6 institution has itself had a re-vamp recently and is better stocked than ever; you'll find fresh organic vegetables from Marc Michel, sourdough bread and Happy Pear pesto - all the essentials of modern life. The wine section is good too.
Just along from Morton's is Green Beards, purveyor of 'live-to-be-a-hundred' juices and energy balls.
Dunville Avenue is also home to a chemists, hardware shop, greengrocer, newsagent and a couple of smart interiors shops.
The re-vamped Swan Centre in Rathmines has a good Dunnes, as well as a branch of Fallon & Byrne with a cafe and the excellent Hopsack health food store.
In Ranelagh itself, there's the terrific Village Butcher, and a plethora of good places to eat, including trendy Host, The Butcher Grill for steak fans and Nightmarket, serving properly authentic Thai food.
Oakley Road is equidistant between the Ranelagh and Beechwood Luas stops, and within an easy cycle ride of the city centre.
Era: 19th Century
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 496 9909
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