Ticking all the boxes in Gardiner's Hill

This terraced home is packed full of character but without the hassle of needing to be renovated

Gardiner’s Hill - €325,000

  • Size: 99.2m (1, 068sq ft)
  • BER: D1

Gardiner’s Hill is a quietly, chi-chi address that offers a mix of house types in a location minutes from the city centre. The area has the remnants of old decency and houses are period for the most part, ranging from terraced behemoths to cute cottages and beyond.

This week sees the launch of number 6 Thorne Hill, a traditional terraced house near the top of Gardiner’s Hill and a walk away from the local national school.

Ideal for couples or downsizers, according to Sherry FitzGerald’s Anne O’Mahony and Gillian McDonnell, this house is a very well turned-out property with a guide price that reflects the renovation and revamp its had over the last while.

On at €325,000, it’s at the higher end of the budget for first-time buyers, but offers just over a 1,000 sq ft of space, with two bathrooms, including master suite, and three comfortable bedrooms. One could work as an office for those who want to combine work with fast access to the tunnel and the ring road network.

With a strong community base, (St Luke’s Cross is minutes away, offering a good range of shops and pubs etc), great views and a south-west facing decked yard at the rear, this is a tick-box buy for those who don’t want to go to the trouble of renovation, but want a house with character.

For starters, it has an oak-floored entrance hall with storage under the stairs, a spacious and bright sitting room with original fireplace, bay window and reclaimed floors with pitch pine doors, picture rails and high ceilings.

Colours are soft whites with a mix of old and new furniture that suits the age of the house. Behind the living room is the kitchen/ dining room, a galley space which nevertheless manages to fit in white fitted units with wooden worktops and a penisula with dining space behind — this has views over the garden and direct access outside.

The living room/ garden room is a bright, modern addition at the rear, which leads directly onto the deck outside and is ideal for summer barbecues and/or a Sunday read of the papers. With a big, L-shaped couch defining its perimeters and a very architecty light well to the rear, it’s a simple, tasteful space that’s going to appeal to viewers. It also has smoked oak floors, built-in bookshelves and again, French doors leading outside.

Up the white painted stairs is the smallest bedroom on the half landing, and then onto a second bedroom, bathroom and master suite.

Like the rest of the house, the rooms are well-finished in a fresh and modern style that suits the house’s age, again, using old and new additions to create a comfortable, welcoming space.

Gillian McDonnell is quite taken with number 6: “Fantastic house for those looking for city living, suitable for the professionals, someone downsizing, or couples.

“Set back off the street with private rear decking area which is south/west facing. It has a fantastic living space throughout.”

VERDICT: Go see.

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