His­tory project in Phib­s­bor­ough

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

De­scrip­tion: Sig­nif­i­cant his­toric Phib­s­bor­ough house, hid­den away off North Cir­cu­lar Road Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald It’s lit­tle won­der there have been moves to make Cher­ry­mount House a pro­tected struc­ture: built in the 1830s, it is one of the ear­li­est houses in the north­side sub­urb of Phib­s­bor­ough. It may have stayed off the list for so long be­cause it is truly tucked away. Set be­hind tall hedg­ing, its en­trance that once was on the North Cir­cu­lar Road is now a long hedge-lined drive­way off Cher­ry­mount Park, a cul-de-sac of houses built on its grounds in the 1950s.

When it was last for sale in 1965 it was ad­ver­tised in The Ir­ish Times as “De­light­ful old-world non-base­ment res­i­dence de­tached in its own well-kept grounds ad­join­ing North Cir­cu­lar Road con­ve­nient to city. 4 re­cep­tion, 6 bed­rooms, garage and out­of­fices, etc.”

The buyer then was a civil ser­vant with a keen eye for prop­erty and its po­ten­tial. Liv­ing on the ground floor, she con­verted the up­stairs bed­rooms into five bed­sits – the pay­phone is still on the land­ing – and built a sin­gle-storey ex­ten­sion to the rear with two self-con­tained units and then in later years added an ugly two-storey self-con­tained rental on the other side.

None of this is ob­vi­ous from the hand­some front, which fea­tures two un­usual oriel win­dows – one on ei­ther side of the fan­light-topped front door – and the house im­me­di­ately feels quite sep­a­rate from the busy road and subur­ban set­ting around it.

The bed­sit ten­ants left decades ago and the up­stairs has not been lived in since then. Sig­nif­i­cant roof prob­lems are ob­vi­ous in the col­laps­ing ceil­ings and gen­eral air of dis­re­pair in sev­eral of the rooms. That is not go­ing to de­ter any­one se­ri­ously in­ter­ested in this house be­cause it is ob­vi­ous in every cor­ner that they will have to re­store and ren­o­vate through­out to turn this into what it cer­tainly can be – after sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment – a com­fort­able fam­ily home.

Stair­case

Along the way they may be able to solve one of the mys­ter­ies of the house – the lo­ca­tion of the stair­case in the 1830s. The house was ex­tended in the 1900s and a new stair­case was added pos­si­bly re­plac­ing a spi­ral stair­case in a charm­ing tur­ret to the rear. The size – 314sq m, 3,370sq ft – isn’t go­ing to mat­ter much ei­ther as the most re­cent ad­di­tions will be knocked by new own­ers.

Cher­ry­mount House was built as a city rental by Vis­count Monck of Charleville and it would orig­i­nally have had ex­ten­sive grounds. It now sits on 0.4 acre so it still has good pri­vate gardens on three sides. Sherry FitzGer­ald has priced this un­usual prop­erty at ¤850,000.

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