Stylish Dalkey four-bed with a knockout garden for €895k

Owners have given 10 Dalkey Park a swish overhaul and improved its BER rating

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Address: 10 Dalkey Park, Dalkey, Co Dublin
Price: €895,000
Agent: LIsney
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Located a six-minute stroll from the centre of Dalkey and the local Dart station for commuting to town, Dalkey Park is a well-established and much in demand location for family homes in the suburban seaside village.

Number 10, a semi-detached house dating from the 1960s, was purchased by its current owners almost a decade ago, in 2013, for €578,000 according to the Property Price Register. Back then it had been occupied by the same owner for four decades and had a BER of E2.

After much investment, in the form of insulation, new triple-glazed windows by Munster Joinery and Carlson doors, the property now has a much improved BER of C3. Interiors were also given a swish overhaul and now the 124sq m (1,335sq ft) property has a stylishly decorated interior and every inch of this four-bedroom house feels brand new. "At the time we had a new baby and hadn't intended to install a new kitchen but our builder persuaded us to go with it, telling us 'It is the heart of the home'," says the owner.

Downstairs off the hall are the interconnecting living and dining rooms, with patio doors from the dining room opening out to the rear garden. On the other side of the hall lie a playroom, utility and kitchen, which has Miele, Liebherr and Siemens appliances. The kitchen also opens into the dining area, allowing a great sense of flow throughout the property.


But it is the rear garden that will really add to its allure. The long lockdowns for Covid really showed us the important of green spaces, and the family who live at number 10 say the gardens gave them “an extra room and a really usable space”.

They engaged landscaping company Think Outside to design their garden: “The brief was we wanted an easy-to-keep, contemporary space with clean lines.”

This has been well achieved, as it now has a designated entertaining area – to capture the afternoon sun – and a large lawn for children to play which is flanked by a bank of white mop-head hydrangea and purple sage.

The owners are staying locally: “We have an opportunity to purchase from family, otherwise we would not be moving. There are lots of young families like ours in the area, and it’s a really lovely community.”

“Having the sea so close for lockdowns was amazing, and at this stage we know every blade of grass on Killiney Hill, but what is really great about living here is you can walk the kids to school.”

Number 10 is now on the market through Lisney, seeking €895,000.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables