Turnkey family home in Dublin 6
15 Anna Villa, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 €1.1m
Anna Villa is a lovely Ranelagh street, although with parking on both sides, it pays to take it slowly if you want to avoid scrapes as you drive up. No 15 is a house with undoubted appeal, its elegant reddish-brown brick facade newly pointed.
According to the Property Price Register, the house last changed hands in March 2017, when it sold for €827,000. Until then, the Victorian house had been in the ownership of the same family for 120 years.
The current owners undertook a major refurbishment and re-jigging of the property; No 15 now looks magazine-ready and new owners will be able to move in immediately.
Amongst the work that the current owners carried out was re-wiring and re-plumbing, and the installation of new windows, under-floor heating and an excellent level of insulation. This has resulted in a BER of B3, impressive for a period house and reassuring for prospective purchasers.
On either side of the entrance hall, there is a reception room. The living room to the right, the larger of the two rooms, is double-aspect, thanks to a window at the back as well as one onto the street to the front. Both it and the sitting room opposite have period fireplaces fitted with wood-burning stoves.
To the back of the house is the open-plan kitchen/dining room, with huge sliding glass doors leading out to the west-facing garden. Skylights in the roof make this room a lovely bright space, and it's fitted with a Belfast sink and good-quality integrated appliances, including two ovens and a wine fridge. There's a handy guest lavatory adjacent to the kitchen.
The garden is paved and gravelled, but would benefit from more planting. There is a large shed - handy for bicycles and sports equipment - and rear access via a door onto the lane behind.
Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, three doubles and a single, but only one bathroom, which will be an issue for some prospective purchasers. The bathroom has a period-style slipper bath and a separate shower.
There is permit parking on the street outside.
Ranelagh is, of course, one of the most desirable villages in Dublin, thanks to its proximity to the city centre, good schools and abundance of shops, restaurants and pubs. The walk into St Stephen's Green takes less than half an hour, but there are also bus and Luas options.
The village has several supermarkets but the revamped Swan Centre in Rathmines, which has Dunnes, The Hopsack and Fallon & Byrne, is also convenient and many locals prefer to shop there. In terms of independent retailers, the Village Butcher, Morton's and Best of Italy, all within just a couple of minutes' walk of Anna Villa, are excellent. Ranelagh also has its own arts festival, an event that gives the village a real sense of community, and a well-stocked independent book store, the Company of Books.
For anyone who likes to eat out, Ranelagh has plenty to offer. Amongst the options are Nightmarket, which serves the best Thai food in Dublin, and Host, which has developed an excellent reputation over the couple of years since it opened. The Butcher Grill and Dillinger's are two other good spots, the former specialising in steaks, the latter drawing crowds for its popular weekend brunch. A branch of Zaytoon is due to open in the coming weeks.
When it comes to schools, Ranelagh has no fewer than five primary options, all within easy walking distance. The landmark Ranelagh Multi-Denominational school is one, the others include Sandford Parish (Church of Ireland), St Mary's, Gaelscoil Lios na nOg and Scoil Bhride. All are mixed. Secondary schools nearby include Sandford Park and Gonzaga for boys, and Muckross Park for girls, with still others close by.
Size: 154.8 sqm
Agent: Youngs (01) 497 5581
Viewing: By appointment