A new Eden by Glasthule Dart
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.