Old school fa­cade re­veals no ex­pense spared re­furb

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 4 mil­lion EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Con­verted three-storey fam­ily home in turnkey con­di­tion Agent: Ber­gins Num­ber 3 Verge­mount, a five-bay three-storey prop­erty, across the road from Clonskeagh Hospi­tal, is es­sen­tially a new build mas­querad­ing as a pe­riod prop­erty. It was auc­tioned in 2005 – the AMV was ¤1.5 mil­lion, and it was bought by a de­vel­oper who de­mol­ished the en­tire house with the ex­cep­tion of the façade.

Now the 372sq m house, which is be­hind elec­tric gates and high walls, comes with all mod­ern con­ve­niences while still re­tain­ing the feel of a pe­riod prop­erty.

No ex­pense has been spared with the in­te­ri­ors. The kitchen, at gar­den level has four sets of French doors lead­ing out to the gar­den.

Cus­tom-made

The Gagge­nau ap­pli­ances, which in ad­di­tion to a large Amer­i­can-style fridge-freezer, in­clude a dual zone wine cooler and drinks fridge and cost in ex­cess of ¤30,000. Car­casses are all solid and cus­tom-made by Pa­trick Cana­van of Dun­gan­non and fronted by a mix­ture of solid wal­nut and hand-painted hard­woods.

Floor­ing through­out is a mix­ture of hard­wood and crema Marfil warmed un­der­foot by in­di­vid­ual room ther­mostats.

There is a plethora of options for for­mal din­ing and draw­ing rooms as the house en­joys four for­mal rooms – two at gar­den level and two at hall level. If one was to find a fault it would be that the ceil­ings at hall level lack the height found in many pe­riod houses.

An in­ter­est­ing fea­ture is the curved ex­ten­sion to the rear, with bow win­dows at each level, giv­ing an in­ter­est­ing twist to the for­mal rooms while also flood­ing the rooms with light.

The prop­erty has five bed­rooms – and an op­tion for a sixth with the cur­rent lay­out.

There are two mas­ter suites on the top floor – both with lav­ish traver­tine bath­rooms, and three fine sized rooms at hall level.

Rub­berised floor­ing

The garage is fit­ted out as a gym. With mir­rored walls and rub­berised floor­ing it of­fers a space for pri­vate pi­lates or yoga tu­ition. The for­mal gardens, de­signed by Don­ny­brook Land­scap­ing, are laid out with In­dian sand­stone pa­tios and neat beds of hy­drangea, aga- pan­thus and laven­der framed by box hedg­ing.

Ber­gins is seek­ing ¤4 mil­lion for the prop­erty which is close to Don­ny­brook and Ranelagh. In a sim­i­lar price bracket within Dublin, Wil­ford at 591sq m on seven acres in Shankill is seek­ing ¤4.35 mil­lion, and 25 Raglan Road with 404sq m is seek­ing ¤4.15 mil­lion. In Killiney, Palermo on one acre and with 435sq m is ask­ing ¤4 mil­lion.

It is an am­bi­tious price, but no ex­pense has been spared with the in­te­ri­ors, and it would suit a fam­ily who wish to have a pe­riod home with­out the headaches of ren­o­va­tion.

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