Digging up a past life in the garden of terraced house in Blackrock

Part of the Fleurville estate in Blackrock, Co Dublin, is built on the site of an old nursery marked on the first-edition Ordnance Survey map.

Almost nothing of the nursery remains but there are some vestiges, not least an old stone wall which forms the rear, southern boundary of 18 Fleurville.

This forms an auspicious bit of garden architecture, and the owners of Number 18 have enhanced it with a lawn, raised flower beds and some vivid foliage.

You get a clear view of the garden from the living and dining room which, unusually by modern design principles, is at the back of the house.

It has French doors and a pair of sidelight windows overlooking the garden and the deck, and as the room faces south, it’s bright all day. There’s a gas-fitted fireplace then for after the sun goes down.

The kitchen is at the front of the house, facing due north, and is galley-style with light-coloured cabinets and wooden countertops.

Number 18 used to have three bedrooms but the owners wanted a little more space to themselves for resting and dressing, so they knocked two bedrooms into one.

This has provided for a much bigger bedroom at the back of the house, roughly 14ft square, with wall-to-wall built-in wardrobes.

You could put back in the dividing wall if you wanted that third room.

The second bedroom is at the front and has an en suite power shower, and there’s a bath and shower in the main bathroom on this floor. The house measures 880 sq ft in all

Number 18 is on a Y-shaped cul-de-sac lined with rowan trees and with a small park. It opens from Fleurville Road, which joins Carysfort Avenue at St Augustine’s school.

The agent is Janet Carroll (01) 288 2020 and the asking price is €495,000.

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