It’s quite difficult to tell the age of 4 Avoca Wood at Blackrock from his looks. With its red brick facade clad in virginia creeper and sash windows, one might think it’s a Georgian house set behind the 2m high walls and electric gates that give plenty of privacy to the 465m² (5,000 sq ft) of immaculate interiors .
It actually dates back to 1996, and the family who live here moved in two decades ago. “We thought it would be our forever home and had no intention of moving, but we recently saw a property in Monkstown that we really fell in love with,” say the owners. It begs the question what they’ve found – it really has to be something – as their current home ticks some criteria for those looking to live in a chic, turnkey home in a leafy south Dublin suburb.
Though well constructed and maintained, upon arrival at the four-bedroom home, the family commissioned architect Neil Burke Kennedy to design what they saw as wasted space – a double-height ceiling rising from the wide entrance hall all the way up next to the master bedroom.
A room was added with a clever configuration to fill the gap and create a bedroom suite that would rival any five star hotel. Sales agent Sherry FitzGerald calls the location the “master bedroom common area.” It is comparable to a TV/living room next to the bedroom, which also hides utility units behind a wall of Rimadesio wardrobes.
The modern Italian made-to-measure leather-trimmed pieces “work like silk” and offer plenty of storage space centered around a television that “is almost fun to iron”. It’s a very cleverly designed space and a good marriage of form and function.
More attention to detail can be found in the his and hers dressing rooms and bathrooms, clad in Emperador marble. The interior design was overseen by Helen Kilmartin of Minima Design, who was in charge of the master bedrooms, dining room, bathrooms and furnishing of the common areas.
Of interest alongside a beautiful, bright music room – complete with a grand piano – is a cinema room, one of five reception rooms leading off the main hall in this impressive house.
Heated by a gas log fire in a limestone setting, a large screen descends from a hidden ceiling unit at the push of a button. The room has a wireless sound system, as does the rest of the house and the garden entertainment areas.
As well as the main house, the property also has a beautiful detached stables which has been used as a study and guest accommodation and a shomera garden room which has been used by family members during lockdown.
Intending to stay forever, the family hired architect Hugh Wallace to design a new extension on the southwest side of the property that would also include changes to the second floor. A large room with 111 square meters is currently used as a second TV room. It now has permission for the addition of dormer windows to allow for two new bedrooms. The permit also provides for a detached car garage.
Gardens like the house are immaculate and well thought out. Designed by the late Colm Doyle of Doyle Landscapes, they feature lawns, a split-level decking area protected from the sun by an overhead awning, an irrigation system and putting green, all set around a gravel driveway. Not visible are a bicycle cellar, a car charger and storage space.
While the family are en route to Monkstown, they have put their immaculate home on the market with an impressive ber from B3 by asking Sherry FitzGerald for €3.25million.