- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 131 m²
Beautiful three bedroom house with attic conversion.
Built in the 1860s, for a Dublin Port engineer and his family, number six Foyle Road has been a vibrant family home, in the heart of Dublin city, for over 160 years. The current owners (having built a relationship with a previous occupant, who grew up here in the 1950s) testify to its positive atmosphere and happy history. Having last changed hands in 2012, number six has been carefully maintained, loved and updated (with attic conversion) over the past nine years. It has become a bright, cheerful family home presented today.
The interior of this cleverly-styled home has been featured in IMAGE Interiors magazine, as well as in the Irish Independent€TM Home section.
Entering number six, you are immediately struck by the lofty ceilings in the entrance hall. Features in this space include original coving and picture rail, a traditional lantern-style ceiling light and the original staircase and bannister.
This airy ceiling-height, carries through to the sitting room, which features a bay window and has been opened up to incorporate what was originally the dining room, but what the current owners use as a playroom, for an easy flow of family life. The sitting room features built-in book shelving, and the original cast iron fireplace, with its decorative tiled facing and stone hearth, behind which is a chimney that was relined in 2016.
The interior throughout, is painted in matte white, making it an airy blank canvas, adaptable to any taste with the exception of the kitchen which sports a cheerful aqua tone. All floors downstairs are hardwood timber and those in the older part of the house are the original floorboards; while upstairs was freshly laid with natural wool carpet, in a mid-grey tone, in 2018. Internal doors are painted in subtle yet characterful Farrow and Ball Pink Ground, with contemporary steel handles. Windows, throughout, are double-glazed, while those at the front are in a traditional sash style and dressed in white wood venetian blinds. In addition to these, there are seven Velux skylights (many with blinds) throughout the property, meaning each storey is bathed in light, throughout the day.
Through to the bright, spacious kitchen, you€TMl find the heart of this family home. Built in 2003, the L-shaped extension offers ample space for modern living, currently configured to accommodate a lounge space and family dining table. A modern kitchen space, with integrated dishwasher, reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system, oven, gas hob and fridge, and ample units (refaced, last year, with contemporary pale grey fronts and leather handles) is configured around a large island unit which creates a wonderfully social space for cooking and gathering. Built-in understairs storage ensures this airy space can be kept clutter-free, while French doors connect the interior with a garden significantly larger than those of the other Victorian streets, in this area.
Beginning with a sun-trap of a paved patio, the rear garden extends circa 76 feet back, incorporating lawn, a gravel path and bordered by mature shrubs, herbs and flowers; many, like the magnolia tree, rose and hydrangea bushes, having been originally planted by owners in the 1950s. The current owners have made use of this abundance of space to house vegetable-growing troughs, a children€TM playhouse, swing-set and a hidden washing line. This lush, extremely private and very secure, outdoor space is completed by two sizeable sheds, one of which has been adapted to house a workman€TM lavatory and wash basin, as well as the washer and tumble-dryer. You€TMl be surprised to hear a variety of birdsong, in the heart of Dublin city, thanks to the fact that Foyle Road backs onto a private wooded area.
The Fairview area is a wonderful place to live, given its close community, abundance of food stores and restaurants and proximity to both the city and financial centres, as well as Fairview and St Anne€TM Parks, the sea in Clontarf and at Bull Island €" and all excellently serviced by bicycle lanes, bus and DART routes. Foyle Road, then, is one of Fairview€TM most sought-after historic streets, with its peaceful environment and friendly neighbourhood of mature families and city professionals. The recent arrival of Sweeney€TM wine and coffee shop, plus a number of refurbishments in process at the entrance to the street, mean its appeal is only set to increase.
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