The first time you walk down the stairs at No. 41 Orwell Park in Rathgar, Dublin 6, you may feel momentarily disoriented.
Are there three windows? Three parks? In fact, there are two windows and a mirror cleverly placed to frame and reflect views of the gravelled front garden and sunny patio to the side.
This is one of the lovely touches the owner has used to bring in light from every angle. Almost every room in the four-bedroom, 161-square-meter (1,733-square-foot) home has at least one source of natural light in a combination of standard and full-length windows, as well as glass doors and ceiling lights.
No. 41 sits in the middle of five detached houses at the Dartry end of Orwell Park which belong to their comrades at Orwell Woods, which has about 55 houses around a green. Built in 1987 on the grounds of Dartry House, its brick facades feature casement windows and wooden balconies.
The front of No. 41, enclosed by a low wall and tall hedge, accommodates three cars and there is access to the courtyard garden on one side of the house, and to a shop on the other.
The door and adjoining window of the hall are protected by a portico, and the hall is large-tiled and painted in a warm tone of egg yolk.
On the left, the current owner, who purchased the home in 2000, removed the living room door and hung a floor-to-ceiling mirror directly opposite a window of the same size to give the illusion described above.
At the end of the hall, past the laundry area under the stairs, the house opens into a social space, with the high-end Bulthaup kitchen at its heart. There is room for everything in the white-grey units, with sink in the long island and additional storage in the rooftop lit utility area, which has a guest bathroom; This section can be closed with a glass pocket door.
In 2017 the owner extended at one end to create a comfortable living space with an L-shaped sofa facing the gas fire at night and the south-west facing side garden of bright green. This elegant outdoor space is mostly paved, with raised beds and mature trees alongside the walls, plants grouped in pots, and benches in rutting spots.
The remodel, by Eco Design and Management, involved incorporating the room at the other end of the kitchen into an open plan dining area.
The owner’s shrewd eye is particularly evident here, delivering color and drama with a backlit panel of Cranes in Flight; It’s a palmetto wallpaper by Sanderson Design with a herd fluttering across a backdrop of green clouds.
Glass shelves across the window hold trailing plants, and the room opens up to a very zen backyard with a small pond, as well as directly onto the front lawn.
An angled door leads to the dual aspect sitting room to the front, where a log fire and plenty of bookshelves make an inviting haven, one wall is paneled in a soft goldfish print.
The black-painted staircase contrasts with the navy-lined runner edged in ochre. Upstairs, the first double bedroom, like most of the others, has large built in wardrobes with opaque glass fronts.
Opposite this, the smaller bedroom has a window to the side and a front facing alcove, and is used as a study. Large bedroom to the side of this has sliding glass doors onto the balcony, Velux loft.
The master bedroom is located to the rear and is an en-suite; The adjoining master bathroom, with separate bathtub and shower, is tiled in white with accents of deep Mediterranean blue.
The house is set back from the road and the windows, as well as contributing to a decent Ber of C1, are good at dampening the traffic noise of this busy road.
Located close to the shops of Upper Rathmines and in Rathgar Village, within cycling distance of good schools, and close to the formalities of Palmerston Park and the lovely linear park by Dodder, No. 41 Orwell Park is offered for sale by Sherry FitzGerald with an asking price of €1.2M.