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Extended with design touches – The Irish Times (Thursday 22nd October 2020)

57 Patrician Villas offers three beds, a fine garden and 96sq m of space

Alanna Gallagher

The full article from The Irish Times (22nd October 2020) can be found here

57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.
  •  Address: 57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan Co Dublin
  •  Price: € 575,000
  • Agent: Felicity Fox

From the outside, number 57 Patrician Villas looks like many estate houses of a certain vintage. Located just off Stillorgan Park Road, this development is well-served by manicured greens, its own community centre and orchard, and safe N11 underpass access to the shops and amenities in Stillorgan village,

Concrete-built, it was purchased in 2006 as a three-bed property with one room to the front and a kitchen the width of the house to the rear but it was thoughtfully extended and remodelled by Bright Design Architects four years ago.

57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.
57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.
57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.
57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.

The house still retains two reception rooms downstairs, a small living room to the front where you can shut out the world by closing the pocket door, and a large, split-level space to the rear. Here ceiling heights range from a standard 2.4m in the U-shaped kitchen where a marble-topped peninsula doubles as a breakfast bar, to 3.4m in the living area where clerestory windows bring in southern and western light. Underfoot is reclaimed parquet flooring set out in a herringbone pattern, save for a brickbond border in the kitchen.

Large presses

The white units have brass knobs and large presses – including those concealing the fridge freezer and a double-door pantry – are set into space under the stairs. In the hall, the noisy white goods are located in a tiled cupboard with clever cut-out doors to allow ventilation.

57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.
57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.

The new layout facilitated the addition of an internal boot room that leads through to a shower room, giving the house a valuable second washroom. Its walls are papered in House of Hackney’s (HOH) Palmeral, a tropical depiction of palm leaves featuring vivid greens and golds. The owners took these colours as their palette to decorate the property, going as far as asking Dublin-born HOH founder, Frieda Gormley, for the exact RAL colours used in the wallpaper design, information that she generously imparted.  

Granite-paved patio

The kitchen is accessed via another pocket sliding door and steps down into a large square dining-cum-living room.

57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.
57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.

Sliding doors open out to a small granite-paved patio that steps up to a lawned, southwest-facing back garden. This extends to 17m and is home to a couple of sheds, one a former pigeon coop, where the couple store their kayaks, surf and paddle boards. There’s also a zip line, a Christmas present to one of the owners’ daughters.

The risers on the stairs are painted in one of the HOH greens with the treads and floorboards upstairs all painted a soft, Scandinavian white. There are three bedrooms, two doubles and a single which is currently used as a home office. There is also a bathroom with a shower in the bath.

The property, which has a C1 Ber rating, measures 96sq m/1,033sq ft, and is seeking €575,000 through agent Felicity Fox.  

57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.
57 Patrician Villas, Stillorgan: has two reception rooms downstairs.