The four-bed detached home, in spotless condition and painted a cream shade throughout, has a €535,000 price guide with Sherry FitzGerald, which could be seen as on the conservative side for the location and price precedent.
The last house to sell in the Grove went to private auction with Lisney last year, and the successful buyer was a man of the cloth, the new Church of Ireland chaplain for UCC and his family.
The price paid was considered high, but the fact there were strong under-bidders means it is likely there will be similar cash around now for no 4. The scheme The Grove, numbering only a dozen and a half houses or so was built about 10 years ago by O’Brien and O’Flynn, who also developed the hugely successful Brookfield complex nearby, accessed off College Road.
This four-bed detached house is immediately on the right when coming in off chic Orchard Road, where some of the best older houses on large sites are in the 1 million-plus category.
It has 1,550 sq ft of space, a master bedroom ensuite, three reception rooms (two linked ones, front to back of the house via double doors), and a deep 17’ by 10’ kitchen/dining room with a long bank of elm units. (The units also conceal the washer/dryer: the house hasn’t got a utility room, though it does have a guest loo and there’s a small shed to the side of the house with electricity already in place)
Decoration is of its time: bedroom built-ins aren’t fancy, though it has good quality plain carpets, neutral in shade, and the living room has a very good fireplace with gas insert, while both the dining and living rooms have corniced ceilings.
The property is low maintenance, with brick and tile facade, PVC glazing and fascia, the drive is cobble locked and the compact gardens are well shrubbed.
Meanwhile, at the opposite end of Orchard Road, agent Timothy Sullivan has a mature four-bed semi facing onto College Road, with a long garden running along the side of Orchard Road currently on the market. Needing updating, it is under offer at €450,000.