A new Eden by Glasthule Dart

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE

De­scrip­tion: Pre-’63 on Vic­to­rian ter­race on Sum­mer­hill Road re­stored as a smart mod­ern home Agent: Owen Reilly A builder who bought a pre-’63 house on a Vic­to­rian ter­race in Glasthule, Co Dublin in 2016 for ¤625,000 has re­vamped it from top to bot­tom and is now sell­ing it for ¤1.5 mil­lion.

Num­ber 7 Eden Park, a listed build­ing, is now a fam­ily home with a smart kitchen/ break­fast-room/liv­in­groom on the gar­den-level and re­cep­tion rooms and bed­rooms up­stairs re­stored in pe­riod style. Elab­o­rate and nearly in­tact plas­ter­work up­stairs was re­vealed when sus­pended ceil­ings were taken down; the ground floor was damp-proofed and un­der­floor heat­ing in­stalled, says War­ren Dunne who, with his fa­ther Joe, runs Joe Dunne Con­struc­tion. The 353sq m (3,400sq ft) four-bed in walk-in con­di­tion is for sale for ¤1.5 mil­lion through Owen Reilly. The ter­race of 13 houses, a short walk to the seafront at Sandy­cove, is set back from the main road from Dún Laoghaire to Dalkey, op­po­site a green space be­side Sandy­cove Dart sta­tion.

Dec­o­rated mostly in shades of grey or white, fur­nished and staged by in­te­ri­ors com­pany House & Gar­den, it com­bines mod­ern and pe­riod styles. The most strik­ing as­pect of the mod­ern ground floor is the bright liv­ing space open­ing on to the back pa­tio. Ar­chi­tect Danny Gor­man of Hamil­ton Young Ar­chi­tects cre­ated a dou­ble-height space by re­mov­ing half of the floor of the hall level re­turn: now a mez­za­nine with a glazed bal­cony looks down into the liv­ing space. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows open on to a pri­vate gran­ite-paved pa­tio. (Mews houses have been built in the gardens of most houses on the ter­race.)

The ground floor, floored with pol­ished oak, is largely open plan, with the kitchen/break­fas­troom in the mid­dle. There’s a gran­ite­topped is­land unit in the kitchen with a wine fridge, and a de­cent sized util­ity room off. Glazed doors open into the front area, where there’s a den with a wood­burn­ing stove; a strik­ing wet­room, tiled with sparkly black tiles, is un­der the front stairs.

Pol­ished oak stairs lead up to the hall level, where the mez­za­nine on the re­turn has been fit­ted out as a study. Two small steps lead up to the more for­mal part of the house, where orig­i­nal floor­boards are painted black.

The deep bay win­dow in the draw­ingroom – re­stored and dou­ble-glazed – looks out on to the green. The orig­i­nal black mar­ble fire­place has green tiles inset; the din­ingroom be­hind the draw­ingroom has a sim­i­lar fire­place.

Up­stairs, there are four dou­ble bed­rooms and a fam­ily bath­room, all smartly dec­o­rated. The main bed­room at the front of the house is the most dra­matic: it has rich cor­nic­ing and a large cen­tre rose, and two win­dows – one a deep bay – look­ing to­wards Scots­man’s Bay over the roofs of the houses close to St Joseph’s Ch u r c h in Glasthule. War­ren says that they did con­sider restor­ing it as the draw­ingroom it prob­a­bly once was, but de­cided that wouldn’t suit mod­ern liv­ing. The un­usual en suite in one cor­ner was de­signed so it wouldn’t in­ter­fere with the ceil­ing: it’s a tiled wet­room with frosted glass di­vid­ing it from the bed­room.

There is res­i­dents’ per­mit park­ing on the street.

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