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
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