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Dublin: 5 °C Tuesday 10 December, 2019

Two sides to the story for this €1.45m extended Blackrock bungalow

The five-bedroom home features an eye-catching contemporary addition to the side.

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IT’S A CASE of ‘business at the front and party at the back’ when it comes to Grove Lodge, the five-bed detached house that sits unassumingly (at first) in the Dublin seaside village of Blackrock.

The dormer bungalow faces onto Grove Lawn, and from the outset you’d be hard pressed to figure out what makes this a unique home. It all becomes clear once you cross the entrance gates. To the back, a large contemporary extension ups the floor area to about 3,000 sq ft.

An extensive renovation and upgrade in 2010 now brings Grove Lodge to the market at €1,450,000.

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A glass panel to the side of the front door brings the light inside and it bounces off the porcelain floor tiles, adding a sense of openness to the already spacious hallway.

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In the open plan dining room that leads to the lounge, wall to wall custom glass brings more light in. The floor is finished in Versace tiling with the signature emblem embossed on the border.

A wall-hung gas fire supports this home’s modern design. However, with a B2 energy rating, the fire may have aesthetic purposes only. Walk toward the lounge and large double glass doors lead to the decking and wraparound garden.

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The kitchen is somewhat self-contained and sits beside the living room and dining area. Continuity from each space is supported by porcelain tiles throughout.

The kitchen counter tops are finished in marble, while a sunken sink and Shaker style cabinets offer country living vibes. Those fittings are complemented by high-tech appliances from De Dietrich, Neff, Bosch and Samsung.

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The family room is set to the side of the house and has two large windows that soak the room in natural light.

Solid wooden floors and an open fireplace make this lounge the ideal place to spend the dark winters. Two statement lamps show off the current homeowner’s designer eye.

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More wall to wall windows in the master bedroom create a bright and airy atmosphere, while sheer curtains still keep things private. An inset alcove area is currently used as a home office in this room, too.

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The en suite bathroom connected to the master bedroom is luxuriously finished in contemporary tiling to create a nice contrast between the mosaic and marble.

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The front of Grove Lodge is paved in a Mediterranean style stone. A landscaped gravel centre is home to one of the many outdoor seating areas. Off-street parking for two cars and plenty of on-street parking makes having guests over an absolute breeze.

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The wraparound garden has decking that adds even more interest to the outdoor space. And with no shortage of space, there are a few hidden nooks that are sure to surprise first-time visitors.

A secret seating area is covered in wisteria, which blooms in May, to create a lovely secluded area within the space.

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Blackrock is one of the most sought-after residential areas on Dublin’s south side. Known for its parks, shopping facilities, abundance of schooling options and close proximity to the city centre, while being even closer to the sea, Grove Lodge enjoys a pretty idyllic location on a par with its contemporary design.

Grove Lodge, 6 Grove Lawn, Blackrock, Co Dublin is on sale for €1,450,000 through Janet Carroll Estate Agent via

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