Two beau­ties on Zion Road with clas­sic styling from dif­fer­ent eras

Mag­i­cal gardens add to the ap­peal of Num­ber 32, a uniquely re­fur­bished house fea­tur­ing su­perb crafts­man­ship; while the grand pro­por­tions of Num­ber 19 con­tinue out to its enor­mous gar­den

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Unique Arts and Crafts home with stun­ning gardens and spa­cious shed Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Num­ber 32 Zion Road is a fine ex­am­ple of Arts and Crafts ar­chi­tec­ture – the anti-in­dus­trial move­ment from the turn of the last cen­tury. Ar­chi­tect Howard Cooke de­signed it for his friend, col­league and neigh­bour John Fair­weather; Cooke lived next door in a sim­i­lar house. It is the an­tithe­sis to Cooke’s later work – the Art Deco post of­fice in Rath­mines.

The prop­erty re­flects the crafts­man­ship of the era com­bined with sym­pa­thetic ex­ten­sions car­ried out by the cur­rent own­ers, who have lived here since 1998.

“We spent three and a half years work­ing on the prop­erty. It was a lot smaller then so we added a gar­den room, bil­liards room and to­tally re­fur­bished the in­te­ri­ors,” re­call the own­ers who are sell­ing up to spend more time in Kerry. The ex­ten­sions are seam­less and re­quired crafts­men to spend three years on site. “Aside from all the pan­elling we needed 13 cus­tom-made doors, in ad­di­tion to two be­spoke fire­places from Por­tu­gal.”

The gar­den room, with old brick­work and a large stove is truly out­stand­ing, and im­me­di­ately in­tro­duces the gar­den be­cause the en­tire room opens up via con­certina doors to merge the spa­ces. Bougainvil­lea and or­na­men­tal figs grow in­side look­ing out to a pond.

Be­side this is a bil­liards room, with a small bar. In­spi­ra­tion for this room was taken from Standen House in Sus­sex, one of the finest ex­am­ples of Arts and Crafts work­man­ship in the UK.

The prop­erty has two kitchens – again the crafts­man­ship is ev­i­dent in the bob­bin sides of the solid ma­hogany kitchen and lime­stone coun­ter­tops.

For prospec­tive buy­ers who need a home of­fice, the house has two options. A for­mal pan­elled of­fice with a sep­a­rate en­trance and bath­room, or a cosy in­ti­mate study that is part of the orig­i­nal build. In ad­di­tion, there is a for­mal sit­ting room over­look­ing the front.

While the halls and part of the for­mal kitchen have been painstak­ingly hand-painted in che­quer­board style,it de­tracts from the prop­erty’s fea­tures, but could eas­ily be changed.

There are four bed­rooms on the first floor. The main bed­room has an im­pres­sive teak bath­room lead­ing out to a ter­race over­look­ing the gar­den. A fur­ther at­tic bed­room i fur­nished to a nau­ti­cal theme with ship’s bunks and port­holes.

The gardens can only be de­scribed as mag­i­cal and are set out to dif­fer­ent themes. From a walled gar­den laden with ed­i­ble de­lights, a tun­nel of labur­num lead­ing to a tomato-filled hot house, and herba­ceous borders flank­ing three pa­tio ar­eas, it is a gar­dener’s par­adise.

The owner has won an award from An Taisce for her restora­tion of the Old School House on Egling­ton Ter­race in Dun­drum. One could as­sume Howard Cooke would ap­prove of her as­sim­i­la­tion of old and new in this unique house which is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald, ask­ing ¤2.25m. De­scrip­tion: Ex­ten­sive Vic­to­rian six-bed with space for a mews house Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald The Dublin sub­urb of Rath­gar re­mained a ru­ral haven un­til well into the 19th cen­tury, when the well-heeled were leav­ing the poverty-stricken city to live in more salu­bri­ous and healthy sur­round­ings.

Pas­ture lands sur­round­ing the im­pos­ing red­bricks were used to graze cat­tle, and the ti­tle deeds from 1862 for No 19 Zion Road make ref­er­ence to the right of the res­i­dents of the house to drive cat­tle up Vic­to­ria Lane, on to which the prop­erty backs.

The end-of-ter­race two-storey over gar­den level ex­tends to 345sq m. When the cur­rent own­ers – who have lived her for 36 years – pur­chased the prop­erty, there were two fam­i­lies liv­ing here, one on the up­per floors and a sec­ond at gar­den level.

The house has in­cred­i­ble pro­por­tions with high ceil­ings, in­tri­cate cov­ing and deep door ar­chi­traves and re­tains all its pe­riod fea­tures, which the own­ers have re­stored and main­tained down the years. “One of the items in­cluded in the sale is a very tall lad­der – as the ceil­ings are so high it took a long time to find one that could reach above,” says the owner, who is down­siz­ing.

The prop­erty has four re­cep­tion rooms; two el­e­gant in­ter­con­nect­ing rooms at hall level, and a very spa­cious games room and in­ti­mate study at gar­den level, which is the pre­ferred space for the fam­ily on cold winter nights.

There are six bed­rooms in to­tal, of which three are on the up­per floor and three are at gar­den level. The main is spa­cious with a small en suite, and new own­ers may want to amal­ga­mate this space into the bath­room, which lies ad­ja­cent.

One of the sell­ing points of the prop­erty, be­sides its lo­ca­tion, size and pro­por­tions, is the ex­tent of the rear gar­den, which stretches to al­most 43m. Plan­ning was granted in 2014 for the con­struc­tion of a two-storey over-base­ment de­tached mews of more than 200sq m, with two car spa­ces. Con­sid­er­ing the de­mand for houses in Rath­gar, a mews of this size could achieve more than ¤700,000, de­pend­ing on how it is fit­ted out.

Sherry FitzGer­ald ¤2.2 mil­lion for No 19. is seek­ing

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