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‘If we didn’t start a family I would live here forever’ – the couple say goodbye to their €565,000 Temple Bar apartment

13 Old City Saul’s Court, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 Asking Price: €565,000 Broker: Felicity Fox Estate Agents (01) 633 4431

Despite being in the heart of Dublin’s party scene, this three bedroom apartment at 13 Old City, Saul’s Court in Temple Bar is surprisingly quiet.

Designed by architects O’Dowd O’Herlihy Horan, the fourth floor home is one of 29 award-winning residential properties on the west end of Temple Bar that came to market in 2000.

Hailed as the pinnacle of modern city living at the time, these were the latest developments in Temple Bar Properties’ urban regeneration programme.

While people queued to buy them in the early days, noise from bars and nightclubs has plagued residents over the years.

Luckily the apartment opens onto Cow’s Lane, a quiet pedestrianized street. A short distance from Dublin’s main streets and bar scene, it’s relatively peaceful.

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The apartment is located in the Old City development on Cow’s Lane

“You don’t hear the noise of the cars or the people on the street at night. It feels like a home,” says owner Elena Sugrue, who bought the property in 2013.

In fact, 34-year-old Elena previously lived in an apartment above the Temple Bar pub, so she’s fully qualified to make the comparisons. “It was a completely different story,” she says. “At night there was a constant noise from the pubs. It was always loud.”

The double glazed windows in #13 also help keep the noise out while letting plenty of light into this two sided property which has been gutted to maximize space.

The work was done with the help of Elena’s father, Eoin Sugrue. “He’s fantastic at designing interiors,” says Elena. “He has great ideas for everything and he really enjoys it.”

It was Eoin who suggested replacing the existing floors with parquet throughout. He also increased the storage space by building closets in the hallway and in the cabin of the three spacious double bedrooms.

Two of the bedrooms have been fitted with double wardrobes, with mirrors giving the illusion of more space.

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The open living area

An ensuite bathroom was created in the master bedroom and Elena had the existing bathroom re-tiled in neutral cream and warm beige tones.

Although born in Kerry, Elena grew up east of Strasbourg and later lived in Nice when her family moved because of her father’s work.

When she moved home in her twenties to study business administration at Trinity College, she found that she loved Dublin’s vibrancy and multiculturalism and decided to settle here.

She now works as a sales manager in a technology company.

It was important to her that the furnishings in her apartment reflect the lifestyle she was used to in France.

“I wanted to create a spacious space that would be suitable for entertaining, cooking and entertaining,” she says. “In France, open spaces are a common feature. Dinner parties, for example, are a big deal over there.”

There is also a touch of France in the clean lines and minimalist color palette throughout the apartment. The kitchen has a monochromatic color scheme. Existing units have been replaced with modern white fixtures and counters are black.

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The kitchen and the dining room

It opens onto a minimalist dining area with a table and chairs and little decoration apart from a painting on the wall and some black hanging lamps.

This opens up into the living area, which while simple in design, benefits from pops of color in the light turquoise sofas and artwork on the walls.

The neutral color scheme has allowed Elena to add pops of color here and there in the decor and with her own art. In fact, she studied art in France before going into business at Trinity College and still loves to paint.

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One of the three bedrooms

Elena was single when she bought the apartment but is now married and living there with her Venezuelan husband Eduardo Delgado, who works as an account strategist in a technology company.

After twice postponing their wedding due to Covid, the couple finally tied the knot last September at City Hall, just a two-minute walk from their home.

They met at a salsa class seven years ago and bonded over their love of dancing. “We often have people over and we end up dancing salsa in the living room,” laughs Elena.

However, her salsa activities ground to a halt during the lockdowns of the past two years. But the apartment served them well during these times. Two of the bedrooms were converted into offices so they could both work from home and the two balconies on different sides of the property allowed for some outdoor living.

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The apartment has two balconies

While the separate kitchen gets the sun in the morning, the balcony leading off the master bedroom is flooded with light in the late afternoon and evening.

“I was very thankful for the balconies during Covid,” says Elena. “I could sit outside by the lemon tree we have there and look out over the city with a cocktail in the evening.”

While the city center was very quiet at times, it helped that they had local friends. “There’s a nice sense of community here,” says Elena.

“I know the staff at the Queen of Tarts, the cafe on Cow’s Lane. I know the people at the Saturday craft market and many of the neighbors in the building are my friends.”

You will miss her when she moves, but the couple are now planning to start a family and want to buy a house with a garden on the outskirts of town.

“If we didn’t have a family planned, to be honest, I would stay here forever,” says Elena. “I will definitely be sad to leave the apartment. It was our first home together.”

Despite her years in France, she has no intention of leaving Ireland. “Everyone asks if I miss France, but I love Dublin and I’m really happy to live here,” she says.

https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/homes/if-we-werent-planning-a-family-i-would-live-here-forever-the-couple-saying-farewell-to-their-565000-temple-bar-apartment-41483776.html ‘If we didn’t start a family I would live here forever’ – the couple say goodbye to their €565,000 Temple Bar apartment

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