Home Inverness colorado housing Bright red brick four-bed in the heart of Dún Laoghaire for €995,000 – The Irish Times

Bright red brick four-bed in the heart of Dún Laoghaire for €995,000 – The Irish Times


Address: 2 Dungar Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin

Price: €995,000

Agent: DNG

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What connects the town of Dún Laoghaire in South County Dublin to Grantham in England and Inverness in Scotland? Answer: They are finalists in the Town & Small Cities category of the Academy of Urbanism Awards 2023. The academy, based in Cambridge, is a politically independent non-profit organization whose many members include individuals and organizations involved in the management and policy development, academic research and teaching, urban planning and design, community leadership and urban change, arts and cultural development, infrastructure and engineering, property law and management, politics and media.

Its urban planning awards recognize the best, most sustainable or improved urban environments in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe, and Dún Laoghaire’s nomination cites the Coastal Mobility Cycle Route and Village PR project. ” from the city. [that] connects urban villages, bathing spots, promenades and parks along the coast”, and notes its “highly successful, inexpensive and transformative ‘tactical town planning’ carried out as a ‘temporary measure’ at the start of the pandemic” .

These and other projects have raised the city’s profile as a vibrant center of activity on land and sea, with sailing clubs, piers and the People’s Park, as well as the library, cinema, theater, colleges and a wide choice of shops. On George’s Street, Dunnes Stores continues the line of the city’s first department store, which social businessman Edward Lee opened in the late 1800s. It runs along the corner of Northumberland Avenue and backs onto Dungar Terrace, a short, charming cul-de-sac of 12 red-brick houses that Lee commissioned from architect William Kaye-Parry for his employees and which were completed in 1910.

On the right when entering from Northumberland Avenue, at number 2, begins the row of red bricks, each with a side passage: very practical on a terrace for storing bicycles and bins, and very cute in this case with their semicircular arches and wooden gates.

Last sold in 2020 for €800,000, number 2 is back on the market via DNG with an asking price of €995,000. Over the past six years, issues 1, 3, 5 and 7 have also sold out; the most recent sale recorded in the property price register is that of number 3, for €736,000, last year. The previous owners have re-wired, re-plumbed, upgraded and extended the home, and the current owners have added their own subtle accent, respecting the period character and enhancing modern conveniences. Ber is C1.

Original Edwardian stained glass with stylized tulips decorates the blue front door and the upper panels of the square bay windows. The door opens into a hall painted pale with simple cornices and polished wooden floors that continue throughout this level.

From here to the left is the living room with unfinished wooden shelving, an open fire and a marble fireplace. Folding doors connect it to the aft reception room, which is painted in cozy Wedgwood blue and has a built-in stove. From here you can exit to the south facing paved courtyard garden or through a square opening to the extended kitchen/dining room.

This bright rectangular space is lit from above by a long skylight, as well as windows and patio doors overlooking the courtyard garden. The luminosity is accentuated by the gray floor, the light quartz worktops and the simple wooden fronts, with a few white cupboards at eye level. A glass door leads to the hall, past a stylish bench seat and utility cupboard, and the basement toilet is very well appointed.

Upstairs on the return are a family bathroom and a small bright bedroom used as an office. On the upper landing, a rear children’s bedroom, bringing in southern light through a large sash window, has wallpaper that gathers on the tiles of the cast iron fireplace.

Three front windows light up the master bedroom, where there is another beautiful fireplace. Storage is admirably minimalist in this house, with a wardrobe on the wide landing. The fourth bedroom, a simple second with shelves set into a narrow niche, is also on this level.

With 136 square meters (1,403 square feet) of smartly appointed and well-maintained space, Number 2 is a very convenient home, close to the Dart and many buses, close to many schools, and with acres of public space just outside the ramped front garden. The Academy of Urbanism will assess the success of this mix this month during its visit to judge it based on local character, amenities, sustainability and community, health and well-being, among other criteria. Winners will be announced in November.