Metic­u­lously up­graded Or­well Vic­to­rian makes its re­turn

Semi-de­tached Rath­gar house has been re­stored by two sets of own­ers since 2002

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - BERNICE HAR­RI­SON

De­scrip­tion: Five-bed­room, semi-de­tached Vic­to­rian house with 3,950sq ft /367sq m and a garage. Agent: DNG An ar­ti­cle writ­ten about 17 Or­well Park in The Ir­ish Times Prop­erty sup­ple­ment in September 2010, when it was last for sale, noted that while there were very few buy­ers out there with more than ¤2 mil­lion to spend, any­one in that po­si­tion would do well to look at the ready-to-walk-into semi-de­tached Vic­to­rian in Rath­gar.

The five-bed was for sale for ¤2 mil­lion. That’s when the present own­ers had a look, wait­ing un­til 2011 as the mar­ket slipped fur­ther to seal the deal; they bought the house for ¤1.58 mil­lion – al­most ¤1 mil­lion less than the ask­ing price.

Now six years later they are mov­ing on and DNG has priced 17 Or­well Park – again – at ¤2.5 mil­lion.

Ear­lier still, in 2002, the prop­erty sold for ¤1.8mil­lion. The buy­ers then em­bark­ing on a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion and ex­ten­sion of the pe­riod house. The com­pre­hen­sive project in­cluded land­scap­ing the rear gar­den with a foun­tain and pond and clean­ing the red­brick at the front. At the rear, an ex­ten­sion made space for a cosy Aga kitchen with tim­ber painted units and a din­ing space.

They kept and re­stored orig­i­nal de­tails and used lux­ury fin­ishes such as large stone tiles on the floors in the halls and kitchen area.

The present own­ers have also done some work: re­plac­ing the floor­ing in the re­cep­tion rooms with at­trac­tive sal­vage boards; com­mis­sion­ing a replica fire­place for the liv­ing room; ex­tend­ing the fam­ily bath­room – by tak­ing a slice off a rear bed­room– and dec­o­rat­ing through­out. When they moved in a large room be­side the kitchen was kit­ted out with a sauna – re­mov­ing that they sought out Vic­to­rian bath­room fit­tings and cre­ated a large mar­ble-floored down­stairs bath­room.

French-style fire­place

There are three re­cep­tion rooms lead­ing off the en­trance hall, and up­stairs, three of the bed­rooms are on the first floor in­clud­ing the main bed­room at the front of the house with its par­quet floor, large French-style fire­place and mar­ble-tiled bath­room.

Two of the bed­rooms share an en suite. There is a fourth bed­room on the lower re­turn, and on the top floor one fur­ther room, as well as a walk-in wardrobe and a shower room.

The north-fac­ing back gar­den is di­vided into two dis­tinct ar­eas, a pa­tio be­hind the house and a fur­ther hid­den gar­den. It’s all grav­elled so fam­i­lies with small chil­dren will prob­a­bly try to put some grass down. There is a garage to the side and off-street park­ing for a cou­ple of cars. When the own­ers bought they were, un­usu­ally for this tree-lined road, not over­looked at the front – they were fac­ing a large site which had for decades been boarded up.

It’s dif­fer­ent now – prop­erty de­vel­oper Fiona Hanby has since de­vel­oped the acre of land build­ing town­houses and apart­ments. Now num­ber 17 Or­well Park looks out onto the tall apart­ment block.

The own­ers kept and re­stored orig­i­nal de­tails, and used lux­ury fin­ishes such as large stone tiles on the floors

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