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Hot Property: Light and space at Cuil Min

A perfect family home.


IF YOU THOUGHT that living just off one of Blackrock’s busy roads could mean a noisy time, the space, light, and peaceful atmosphere at Cuil Min would convince you otherwise.

This redbrick, five-bedroom detached home is located off Sydney Avenue and was built in 1910.

At 354 square metres in size, it has two floors, over which are spread a dining room, living room, family room, pantry, and impressive entrance hall, as well as the redesigned bedrooms.


With a beautiful Virginia Creeper inching around the redbrick walls, a huge garden and sensitively-built extension, it’s a bay window-filled home for a family.

And with plenty of space and foliage between the house and the road, it’s an oasis of calm.

The current owners have taken what was a nine-bedroom Edwardian residence and tweaked it so that it contains the best of contemporary and period features.

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Instead of having redundant bedrooms, there is space to be used and enjoyed.

The owners are experts in restoring period properties, uncovering the hidden gems and polishing them while maintaining modern features.

Think reconditioned sash windows, huge wooden doors, wooden floors, stained glass windows, and a huge kitchen with an Aga.

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A massive selling point is the large garden, in which the new owner would be able to get planning permission to build if they so desired.

Currently it’s a great place for the owners’ dogs to run about, and the boat shed serves as a gym.

Solar panels provide the house with huge amounts of hot water, so energy-efficiency is a surprising feature of this century-old house.

What was once the master bedroom is now an ‘ordinary’ spacious bedroom with an en suite, and the new master bedroom has its own walk-in closet and serene white bathroom.

There are original fireplaces throughout, keeping with the period theme.

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When the extension was built onto the kitchen, it was done so with enough support that another storey could be built on top of it, again adding more potential to the house.

Meanwhile, at the top of a short flight of stairs is a balcony area, which catches incredible light and heat, and would make a perfect spot for al fresco dining.


If you have children, and you want them to have their own space but know where they are, this is perfect.

Nearly all the bedrooms have an ensuite of their own, and the top upstairs bedroom has its own additional space that could be used as a games room or sleepover site.

The kitchen is a highlight – airy, bright, and comforting, with a sense of calming minimalism but without feeling sterile.

When you do leave the house, nearby are Booterstown and Monkstown, while Dun Laoghaire is also not far away.

So if you love the sea and all its connected activities, you have room to store your kayak in the garden shed, while knowing you’re always near the ocean.

If you’re looking for a much-loved home that offers both period features and modern comforts, you couldn’t find a better investment than this. Though it’s not a fixer-upper, there’s huge potential too to put your own stamp on it.

Cuil Min is for sale by private treaty through Knight Frank.

Maria Heffernan