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Sandycove is steeped in literary history, with the opening scene of Ulysses set in its Martello tower – forever immortalising this architectural curiosity.
This handsome property is situated just a stone’s throw from the renowned Forty Foot bathing spot, indeed it is so close that new owners can be in the cool green waters in less than a minute from their front door. With four yacht clubs within walking distance, the location will suit those with a penchant for all things maritime. In 1803, a lifeboat service was established in Sandycove and is considered to be the first organised lifeboat service in the world.
Number 4 Sandycove Avenue North, has been home to a family who are now downsizing. They are not moving very far, just a couple of hundred metres to be precise, as they are building a mews in the rear garden. What remains is still a generous sized garden stretching to 62ft (19m) and will not be overlooked by the new build.
The house dating from the 1930’s and in need of renovation, stands at 252sq m (2,713sq ft) and offers huge scope for new owners to create their dream home.
An extension off the kitchen, which now functions as a playroom and very large utility, was built by the current owners and has potential to be incorporated into the original oak kitchen to create a very spacious kitchen-cum-family room with patio access to the southwest-facing garden.
Inspiration for new residents can come from some of the stunning extensions that have been constructed on Sandycove Avenue East, which are visible from upstairs.
The house features a study, a large living room, a dining room and conservatory in addition to the kitchen and its extension. Upstairs are five bedrooms, three of which have generous proportions.
A bonus for families is the converted attic,which would make a fine playroom or teenagers den.
Property in Sandycove commands premium prices, Number 1 Sandycove Avenue West, a 245sq m (2,637sq ft) four-bedroom property in need of some upgrading sold in August 2014 for €1.33m. This property with some sea views and less than a minute’s walk for morning swims, is for sale through estate agent Lisney with an asking price of €1.45 million.
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