It’s within sight of a late-opening pharmacy and a top coffee shop with a jar of dog treats, and within walking distance of the quirky shops at Harold’s Cross, but Effra Road occupies a quiet corner of Dublin 6 that belies its convenience. It is a continuation, towards Rathmines, of Leinster Road West, from where that road makes an L-shape to Harold’s Cross Road. It is lined with red bricks of different styles, some in the same families for decades and others sold and thoroughly reworked, and is also home to some recent developments.
One of these, Le Bas Mews, consists of four houses at the rear of Le Bas Terrace, a small row of Victorian houses on Leinster Road West. Access is via electric gates leading to the gable end of two-story sandbrick townhomes with built-in carports; a smart solution for the narrow site that is bounded by an old stone wall.
The 104-square-meter (1,119-square-foot) homes, designed by OMS Architects and developed by Golden Horde in 2015, were priced at €595,000 when new. The #3, which has been in the family of the current owners ever since, is now on the market through DNG with an asking price of €825,000. The annual management fee is €750.
Inside, additional clever ideas are displayed, and some are hidden. The stairs lead up and turn to the right of the hallway, where handleless cabinets conceal the laundry area, adjacent to a decent sized guest bathroom. Directly opposite is the well-appointed open-plan kitchen/living/dining room with bright pale colored cabinets and solid wood worktops. It is a large space heated by gas and lit by a large square window at the end of the dining room, as well as French doors opening onto the sunny south-west facing garden. This is partly in the yard, with the lawn fenced in, and the owners, Peter and Ruth, say it’s a superb sun trap. Birch trees in the adjoining garden provide shade and privacy, and the birds sing louder than any traffic.
The oak floors throughout the house continue on the stair treads and are reflected in the square cut railings as well as the long window screen that faces the stairs. Additional light comes from a Velux above the stairwell and another in the family bathroom, which has a shower over bath. All the walls are painted a silver gray and the shade of the joinery highlights the thick details of the architraves. Stylish triple-glazed aluminum clad windows contribute to the B3 BER.
Upstairs, on a central landing, there are three bedrooms of which even the smallest, one of the two at the front, could have a double bed. Wardrobes are spacious but understated, and a square panel above the bed in the main room, with a niche and shelves on either side, adds interest. This also has a generous bathroom with a shower.
The photographs convey an understated aesthetic, but there is actually a warm patina of family life, with Peter and Ruth saying they are moving not far away just because they need more space. They love their neighbors and are sad to leave “this great location”, being good customers of local businesses and will soon be joining one of the many well-regarded schools in the area.