Description'Clareen' is a characterful and beautifully appointed terraced period home which has been extensively and sympathetically refurbished to a very high standard, keeping all of the stunning original period features such as the fireplaces, sash windows, staircase, ceiling roses and decorative coving intact whilst adding modern day luxuries such as the bespoke kitchen, bathrooms and the gas fired central heating system, making this a fantastic home for any future buyer.
Built in 1865 at the height of Bray's popularity as a Victorian coastal resort, one cannot fail to be impressed with the period features, renovation work and upgrades, room proportions and location of this fine listed property, which has been meticulously maintained by the current owners who bought the house in 2005 as a family home adding their personality to the overall decoration and appearance of the property. The extensive refurbishment works in 2006 & 2007 included a full re-wiring, re-plumbing, damp proofing and restoration of all the original sash windows. The original kitchen space was also extended out, and to the side (incorporating a small courtyard into the footprint of the house).
No. 7 Alexandra Terrace is a bright and spacious house with elegant room proportions akin to the Victorian era laid out over three floors at the front with a four storey return element at the back measuring approximately 250sq.m./ 2,700sq.ft. Off the very inviting entrance hall with its decorative and ornate ceiling coving there is a fantastic dining room with original fireplace, decorative ceiling coving and centre rose, bay window with shutters. Down a small flight of stairs on the lower ground floor return you come upon a guest WC and the heart of the home, the kitchen. The original kitchen space was extended by the current owners who not only reclaimed part of the original garden but also a side courtyard, resulting in an area of 25 sq.m./ 270 sq.ft., plenty of room for a large kitchen island, dining and utilities areas. The kitchen benefits from travertine marble tiles throughout, and interconnects with a living/family room, complete with solid wooden floors and an open fireplace. Adding to the warmth and welcome of both of these rooms is the dark blue cast iron aga rayburn, which acts as the house's boiler, heating the radiators throughout the house, and hot water. French doors from the kitchen extension, lead out to a nice paved patio area which benefits from a southerly aspect and is ideal for 'alfresco dining' with steps up to the low maintenance astro turf rear garden. The garden is stone walled, complemented by trellising. Upstairs on the first-floor return there is a lovely double bedroom, complete with original fireplace and beautiful shuttered sash windows. Also a full bathroom (originally a fifth bedroom), which contains the original Victorian rolled top bath. These two rooms lead up to the magnificent drawing room spanning the front of the house with its original marble fireplace, ornate ceiling coving and centre rose, picture hanging rail and window shutters. The upper floors comprise of three more double bedrooms, another full bathroom and a hot press - the large principal bedroom at the front of the house is a mirror of the drawing room directly below and benefits from fantastic views out over Bray to the sea and Killiney Hill in the distance. There is also a nice view of Bray Head from both of the family bathrooms on the return element.
Outside to the front of the house is the original red bricked wall, which runs the length of Alexandra Terrace, and a pedestrian gate opening onto the front garden and path to the front door. While there is ample on street permit parking available to the residents on the terrace, subject to planning permission, the front garden could be converted into a driveway. At the back of the house, a private rear laneway services all the eleven houses on the terrace. There is room for a garage/home office (subject to planning) at the back of the rear garden which many of the houses had and some still have today. The rear garden is generous in size for a town centre property and requires little or no maintenance with its child friendly astro turf surface. It also benefits from a highly desirable and must have south facing aspect.
Alexandra Terrace benefits from a unique and convenient setting in one of the best and most desirable locations, within a few minutes' walk to Bray Main Street & Town Centre, the DART station, and the seafront, giving future buyers the perfect mix between the convenience of an established community and the peace of seaside living. The town centre has a plethora of shops, good restaurants & bars. The vibrant seafront offers a range of cafes, bars and restaurants and its mile long promenade water sports and opportunities for a leisurely stroll in a wonderful marine aspect. South of the promenade is Bray Head and the popular cliff walk to Greystones and Kilruddery House & Gardens. Bray is a vibrant and bustling seaside town approx. 22km south of Dublin City Centre and acknowledged as the gateway to the 'garden county of Ireland'. Excellent public transport links (DART and Dublin Bus) and easy access to the N11/M11 and M50 road network provides an easy commute to Dublin, Dublin airport (40 minute drive) and beyond. Bray also offers a choice of excellent primary and secondary schools, a selection of sports and leisure facilities including golf, tennis and other sporting clubs, and the Mermaid Theatre. The new Florentine Shopping complex with Stella cinema, which is due for completion later this year, will be a great addition to the area.
AccommodationEntrance Hall 1.85m x 7.52m. An inviting entrance with original ornate decorative ceiling coving and a centre rose, dado rail, and carpet flooring.
Dining Room 4.40m x 4.06m. A large reception room at the front of the house with original ornate decorative ceiling coving and a centre rose, a bay window with original shutters, a picture hanging rail, the original decorative fireplace with attractive green tile inlay and surround, carpet flooring.
Guest WC Tucked in under the stairs on the lower ground floor with tiled floor, WC and wash hand basin.
Kitchen / Diner 2.80m x 5.81m + 3.00m x 7.07m. A large open plan space which was extended by the current owners to incorporate a small courtyard into the footprint of the house. Travertine floor tiles throughout, shaker style kitchen units and an island unit complete with a gas Neff range; plumbed for washing machine, dryer and dishwasher; free standing fridge/freezer, a two oven Rayburn Stove (which also operates the gas heating); recessed lighting, and French doors leading to the rear paved patio. Interconnects through to the....
Living / Family Room 3.90m x 4.22m. A nice cosy family room for everyday use with solid wooden floors, an original open fireplace with decorative surround and clever under stairs storage.
Stairs & Landing 1.88m x 5.88m. Carpet flooring, ceiling coving, centre rose, dado rail, and stira stairs access to attic/storage space.
Bedroom 1 3.89m x 4.22m. A very nice large double bedroom at the rear of the house with an original cast iron fireplace, ceiling coving and decorative centre rose, picture hanging rail, carpet flooring and original sash window overlooking the back garden.
Bathroom 2.81m x 3.09m. Located on the 1st floor return and originally a bedroom, it has been converted into a lovely family bathroom complete with an original cast iron fireplace (blocked), tiled floor, heated towel rail, partially frosted glass sash window, a WC, a wash hand basin, a shower cubicle with rain shower head and mosaic wall tiles, and a feature roll top free standing bath.
Drawing Room 5.87m x 4.13m. A large reception room at the front of the house with two large sash windows complete with shutters; original ornate decorative ceiling coving and a centre rose; an ornate and decorative marble fireplace with black metal inlay and tiled hearth.
Bedroom 2 3.89m x 4.22m. A double bedroom at the rear of the house identical to Bedroom 1 which is directly below with an original cast iron fireplace, carpet flooring and roller blinds.
Family Bathroom 2.81m x 3.00m. Another large family bathroom with tiled floor, WC, glass sink with tiled splashback, mirrored wall cabinet, half frosted glass sash window with lovely views of Bray Head, a jacuzzi bath and shower unit with jet stream shower system.
Principal Bedroom (3) 5.88m x 4.13m. The largest and principal bedroom with two large sash windows maximising the lovely views out over Bray towards the Irish Sea, Killiney Hill and Howth Head in the distance; fireplace, carpet flooring and roller blinds.
Bedroom 4 3.92m x 4.27m. Another double bedroom situated to the rear at the top of the return with an original cast iron fireplace and carpet flooring.
Features- Beautifully appointed period property with a host of original features including restored sash windows, decorative ceiling coving and ornate centre roses, fireplaces, dado rails and picture hanging rails.
- Tastefully and sensitively refurbished, upgraded and extended in circa 2006/2007.
- Presented in a 'turnkey' condition throughout.
- Elegantly appointed room proportions.
- Generous south facing rear garden and patio with additional access via a private laneway.
- Unrivalled location in the heart of Bray within a short stroll of all the local services and amenities.
- Bustling and very popular seaside town - the gateway to the 'Garden County of Ireland'.
- Excellent choice of local primary and secondary schools.
- Good transport links including Dublin Bus, the DART and road network via the N11/M11/M50.
- Fully re-wired and re-plumbed.
- Three zone gas fired central heating (Rayburn stove).
- Video intercom system from the front door (kitchen and main bedroom)
- BER Exempt.
BER DetailsBER: Exempt
Viewing InformationStrictly by appointment with Sherry FitzGerald Bray on 01 286 6630