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01 288 2020

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32 Sandycove Road, Sandycove, Co. Dublin, A96 E226

Terrace House





211 sq.m.



Janet Carroll is delighted to present to the market an exceptional period property, number 32 Sandycove Road, for Sale by Private Treaty. Measuring c. 211sqm / 2271sqft, this is not only a privilege for us to sell but a truly unique opportunity to become part of something very special in an area renowned for its quality of life. A prestigious home like this rarely comes to market, within walking distance of the beautiful Sandycove shoreline, the atmospheric village of Glasthule, and all the amenities of Dun Laoghaire and its famous harbour.

No. 32 Sandycove Road dates back to the early 1840s, and was one of the initial houses to be built on the first major terrace in Sandycove. It is a substantial house in an ever-fashionable location and retains to a striking degree its original character. The house is now a discreetly attractive modern family home of great charm and individuality, its magnificent large windows making the interior wonderfully bright.

When the house was built in the early 1840s the Sandycove area was an undeveloped corner of Dublin Bay, more familiar to sailors and fishermen than to full-time residents. However, there was a growing number of small villas in the area as its encompassing sea air was prized as a healthy refuge from a sickly city, and the nearby bathing facilities were already an attraction. The earliest residents along the terrace were city families seeking out a summer-long rest or a permanent retreat from urban worries.

No. 32 was ready for occupation just at the time when Ireland's first railway was extended from Dun Laoghaire (Kingstown) to Dalkey village: that was the famous ‘Dalkey Atmospheric Railway' and it had a major impact on the development of the Sandycove/Glasthule area. Thus, when the boundaries of Kingstown Township were extended south-eastwards along the coast in 1854, the terrace was located just inside the new boundary line but at the outer limits of easy commuting to the Victorian city.

However, the greatest change for the terrace's residents came many years later, when the Dalkey tram, the first of the Dublin trams to be electrified, began to operate along the terrace in 1896. In that era residents of the house still maintained their own horse-drawn transport, as is evidenced by the old mews at the bottom of the garden with its ample space for stable and coach. Latterly a summer house/studio, the mews building has now been granted FPP for a three-bedroom dwelling.

Sandycove retains something of that distant Victorian past, its charms as ever best known to those who are lucky enough to live there.


• Double fronted 3-storey period home
• Original features intact
• Original granite front steps up to the house
• Original fireplaces
• Gas-fired central heating
• 2 broadband connections
• Summer house at the end of the rear garden with FPP to convert to mews
• Parking space at the front for c. 3 cars
• Bus stop only 4 doors away
• Short walk to Glasthule village
• Castle Park School close by
• Adjacent to Sandycove beach, the 40 Foot, Bulloch Harbour and Dalkey


Entrance Hallway: c. 8.34m x 1.78m
From the outset, this home has a sense of elegance about it. A sumptuous bespoke new hardwood door is an exact copy of the original one. Decorative fan light window with original glass. Original coving and centre rose. New fitted carpet. Ceiling height of c. 3.20m.

Drawing Room: c. 4.00m x 6.60m
A beautiful room with ceiling coving, centre rose, fitted carpet and dual aspect windows with original glass. The window at the back is an original Victorian window whilst the front is a modern window with original working shutters. Concealed service door and original panel door. Original fireplace with marble surround, cast iron inset and slate hearth. Touches like these create a wonderful sense of history and preserve the character of this special residence. Decorative shelves over the four radiators. There is a distinctive original feature arch.

*Note: Glass-fronted wooden unit installed on wall is not included in the sale.

Dining Room/Home Office: c. 3.47m x 4.40m
This is a versatile room that would suit a variety of uses. Fitted carpet, ceiling coving, large modern front window that once again has been carefully matched to the house. Original shutters, fitted bookcase with 14 separate units. Ceiling height of c. 3.15m. Interconnecting door to the library.

Library: c. 4.00m x 3.31m
A perfect place for those who love to escape reality between the pages of a good book or enjoy a peaceful retreat, as well as to display and store prized literary collections. Original solid wooden floor. Ceiling coving, original window and shutter, overlooking the rear garden. Interconnecting door to the home office.

*Note: Freestanding bookshelves and curtains are not included in the sale.

There are 5 steps leading down to an area with fitted bookshelves. Ceiling height of c. 3.43m. French doors open onto the original granite steps that lead down to a paved patio area and garden.


Hallway: c. 1.59m x 4.71m (max)

Cold Room/Utility Room: c. 1.66m x 2.00m
Tiled quarry floor. Brand new door to the lower front entrance.

Kitchen/Breakfast Area: c. 6.90m x 3.90m (max)
One of the most central rooms in any home, this is a special place that has both function and form at its core. Warm cream fitted kitchen units with matching glass-fronted press contrast beautifully with the black granite worktop. Inset stainless steel sink with mixer tap. Rangemaster double oven, 5-plate gas hob, Rangemaster extractor fan. Bosch (Ecosilence) dishwasher and Bosch fridge-freezer. A Danish-design Jotul wood- and turf-burning stove with storage-heating properties. Spot- and wall-mounted lighting. Modern picture window with original shutters overlooking a landscaped raised bed at the front of the house. French double doors lead to the rear garden. Both the classical and modern finishes are balanced harmoniously.

Bathroom/Guest WC: c. 1.61m x 2.10m
Bath with shower attachment. Partially tiled wall, w/c, heated towel rail, wash hand basin, fitted vanity mirror and fitted medicine cabinet. Tile-surrounded window brings in natural light.

Bedroom 4: c. 3.93m x 3.90m
Bright, double bedroom with new fitted carpet, blind, and double French doors leading out to patio and rear garden. Interconnecting door to the nursery/playroom.

Bedroom 5/Nursery: c. 2.85m x 3.85m
Fitted carpet, ceiling coving, original cast iron fireplace (currently sealed). Window with original shutters.

* Note: Curtains not included in the sale.


Original Diocletian window overlooking the rear garden. Fitted carpet. Fitted wardrobe with shelves and railing which is complemented by a matching capacious hot press.

Landing: c. 8.61m x 1.80m (includes return)
Fitted carpet and skylight. Large window with original shutters overlooking the front of the house.

Bedroom 1 (Front and Right): c. 4.10m x 4.10m (into the bay)
Large, light-filled room with ceiling coving, fitted carpet, 2 hand-stained fitted wardrobes, shelves and original cast iron fireplace. Large window overlooking the front with original window shutters.

*Note: Marquetry bookcase is not included in the sale.

Bathroom: c. 2.60m x 4.17m
Beautiful and luxurious bathroom with free-standing cast-iron bath original to the house, which is set on a raised plinth with brass surround. Separate shower cubicle, Aqualisa power shower, w/c, wash-hand basin, heated towel rail, glass shelving, vanity mirror and vanity light. Ceiling coving, polished cork-tiled floor, double-glazed new window with original shutters.

Bedroom 2 (Back and Left): c. 4.18m x 4.00m
Spacious, bright double bedroom with fitted carpet, ceiling coving, cast iron fireplace (currently sealed). Modern double-glazed window with original shutters overlooking the rear garden. Interconnecting door to bedroom 3.

* Note: Curtains are not included in the sale.

Bedroom 3 (Front and Left): c. 2.50 x 4.10m
This bedroom overlooks the front of the house. Ceiling coving, original window shutters, fitted carpet, fitted wardrobes and shelves. There is also an original cast iron fireplace.


At the front of the house a gravelled driveway provides ample room for parking of approximately 3 cars. This property also benefits from mature garden trees and shrubs that provide added privacy.

Stunning private landscaped rear garden measuring c. 24.7m/81ft in length. Liscannor stone-paved patio. Original granite garden walls, lawn, raised flowerbed and mature shrubs complete a beautiful picture.

Summer House:
A wonderful surprise at the end of the garden is a double-storey summer house built from local granite stone and measuring c. 94.25sqm with exceptional development potential. Rear-access door opens directly onto a lane. Upstairs is a large studio space with wooden floor and 3 skylights.

This property comes with Full Planning Permission to convert the summer house into a mews dwelling.


BER: Exempt (Listed Structure)


Strictly by private appointment with Janet Carroll at 087 400 2020/ 01 288 2020 or Email:


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Driving from Dun Laoghaire, continue on the Queen`s Road along the coast. At a junction turn right onto Sandycove Avenue West. Then turn left onto Sandycove Road. Destination will be on the left.

Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.