Edwardian style in appealing city suburb of Ballintemple

PEOPLE who’ve been through the terraced houses at Ardfoyle Villas speak highly of them: they just have that homely feel to them, and a great location to boot.

The long row of homes built around the 1930s have every amenity to hand, including the Marina and Atlantic Pond for walking, running, dog exercising, duck feeding and boat watching.

Also to hand are bars, shops, post office, bank, bus stops, schools, sports facilities, and the GAA’s Pairc Ui Chaoimh.

The relatively fit can stroll out to Blackrock village for more offerings, including delis and the great bake shop, while the marginally fitter can walk to and from the city centre via the other end of the Blackrock Road.

Ballintemple is suburban living in a civilised way, and there’s not even a lot of daily traffic to contend with.

No 4 Ardfoyle Villas in Ballintemple is about to be vacated by its family of owners who have made it a very sellable property for the next lucky occupants.

It carries a €550,000 asking price via Timothy Sullivan Associates and while that might seem high for a house with only three formal bedrooms, the overall floor area is added to by virtue of an attic conversion, a good room-size at 13’ by 11’ and with walk-in storage off it. It could suit a variety of family uses.

The nice thing about No 4 is the way original features have been kept and enhanced and creature-comforts upgraded. Thus, there are working and good-looking sash windows and retained fireplaces, along with gas central heating, and the first floor main bedroom has an en suite bathroom and walk-in closet.

There’s a sturdy timber front door with circular glazing section, in this appealing looking mid-terraced home (there’s separate access to the back garden though, via a rear lane) and the hall beyond has a tiled floor, with understairs storage/hotpress.

Off to the right, the 15’ by 12’ sitting room with bay window with twin sashes, has a wood floor, picture rail, tall dark-wood fireplace and cast iron inset with rich green hearth tiling, while behind is an L-shaped kitchen/living room 22’ by 18’, with another older style fireplace in the living area. The kitchen has lots of built-ins, and the slope-ceilinged extension facing the back garden has two overhead Velux windows for extra neutral lighting (the aspect is northerly). There’s also a plumbed utility.

Overhead, two of the three bedrooms are doubles, the third is compact at 9’ by 6’, and both the main bathroom and the en suite bathroom have electric showers. Mr Sullivan says the second floor attic room is a particular well-finished space, and it too has some Velux windows, to the front, drawing in loads of light for a warm space.

The whole terrace of Edwardian-styled houses in the heart of Ballintemple village has private front gardens, and a key to the terrace’s appeal is the rear garden access, and although the gardens aren’t huge, No 4 has a garage/shed to its rear to pick up on storage/recycling needs.

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