Four-bed Blackrock with plenty of home office space for €1.95m
A family with a number of people working from home would be happy with a house on Avoca Road in Blackrock. It has a good sized office on the ground floor, a study space next to the master bedroom, a storage room which could be additional work space and a garden shed of good size currently used as a gym – and on top of that a carpeted attic.
Architect Tom Murphy, who extended the house after buying it with his wife Laurence in 1991, has his own office, well equipped with writing desk and cupboards, to the right of the large entrance hall. It’s where he runs his company Murphy Inventions – he’s developing, among other things, a turbine designed to turn ocean currents into electricity, a dome to capture methane from livestock, and affordable housing design.
With their three adult children, the couple are downsizing. Their 218m² (2,350sqft) four-bed terraced house – plus a 46m² (500sqft) attic – at 5 Avoca Road, Blackrock, Co Dublin, is for sale through Lisney for £1,950,000. His Ber is C2.
A tiled porch opens into a bright, L-shaped entrance hall, floored, like most of the rest of the ground floor, in maple. A door at the back opens into the large, bright, open living/dining/kitchen area at the rear of the house. The pitched roof over the dining/kitchen area is paneled in pine and has three large Velux windows. Floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors open out to the rear garden.
The open space, big enough for a party – 90 people came for Tom’s 50th birthday – has a Godin wood burner on one side of the living room and an open fireplace with a cast iron insert on the other. Sliding doors open from the lounge to a small lounge with another open fireplace, built-in shelves and an arched window overlooking the front garden. The kitchen has a tiled floor, wooden units and a wooden island. Next to it there is a decent sized utility room and downstairs toilet.
Upstairs there are four double bedrooms and a storage room. The master bedroom overlooks the front garden and opens into an office/dressing room to the rear. The new owners could consider upgrading the fully tiled family bathroom, which has a bath but no separate shower, perhaps by extending into the store room.
All bedrooms are equipped with wardrobes, and some have desks. The attic lined with a steep staircase has deep Velux windows overlooking the rear gardens of the houses on Glenart Avenue.
Outside, a path leads across the back lawn from a circular sandstone patio to the white painted cabana at the end. There are currently gym facilities but it has the potential to be another work space or studio. The garden is bordered by mature bushes; a stone wall to the rear, beside the shed, is the gable end of the mews houses at the end of a lane beside number five.
There is space to park a number of cars in the gravelled front garden. Avoca Road is a short walk from the village of Blackrock and its two shopping centres.