Blackrock neighbours: one classic, one glassy
Near each other, but from opposite ends of the spectrum: while 1 Prince Edward Terrace exudes a sense of relaxed grandeur and old charm throughout, 10 Obelisk Grove has been neatly and imaginatively redesigned
Description: Charming double-fronted end of terrace Georgian Agent: Lisney Commuters in Blackrock will be more than familiar with the engineers and surveyors busy with theodolites along Prince Edward Terrace in Blackrock, as soon to be completed roadworks stall traffic during rush hour.
Etched deep in a granite slab of the gate pier of Number 1 lies a tiny curiosity – a surveyor’s benchmark dating from the 1830s when the military were tasked with mapping the entire country and heights above sea level. Resembling crow’s feet, the mark was such that survey- ors of the day would sit their bench upon the mark for exact calculations. Ireland was the first country in the world to be mapped on such a detailed scale, but later datum calculations in the 1950s showed a 2.7m difference in heights, which explains why old maps of Ireland show greater heights than current charts.
Behind the benchmark lies a double-fronted Georgian gem which extends to 305sq m over three floors.
The property features intricate coving and an impressive layer of frieze in the hallway, in addition to period fireplaces in every room. All the original windows and shutters overlook mature gardens laden with cottage blooms.
There is a sense of relaxed grandeur throughout, and though new owners will want to update parts of the house and, indeed, may extend, the house exudes a charm and warmth which is sometimes lost when these old piles are modernised.
Having three reception rooms at hall level, and a further one at garden level, the property offers plenty of space for a large family. The main bedroom – one of four – overlooks rambling roses in the rear garden, and has a fireplace for cosy winter evenings.
The fact that the property lies at the end of the terrace means that the current owners benefit from off-street parking – something of a rarity on this road. Built by the developer of the terrace in the 1830s, it has the largest garden, which extends to 46m providing a potential option of erecting a mews subject to the usual planning restrictions.
Lisney is seeking ¤1.595 million for this Georgian jewel. Description: End-of-terrace three-bed gets makeover with lots of glass Agent: DNG A young architect and her husband decided on a major makeover of this semi-detached suburban house that they bought at the bottom of the market in 2011.
They wanted more light through the north-facing house and the revamp involved putting a glazed wall between the livingroom and the hall, as well as extending the house, wi t h a floor-to-ceiling window and bi-folding glass doors stretching across the rear of the house, opening into a garden that is effectively an outdoor room.
Now Aoife Kelly and her husband Eoin are selling their 117.5sq m (1,265sq ft) three-bed end-of-terrace house, 10 Obelisk Grove, Blackrock, Co Dublin, for ¤575,000 through DNG. With a four-month-old baby, Blaise, they would like a fourth bedroom, a bigger back garden – and a new project, says Aoife.
The couple paid ¤327,000 for the 22-year-old house when they bought it in 2011, and have spent around ¤70,000 revamping it. “I wanted a view of the garden from the hall,” says Aoife. “So we extended the house by two metres across the full width of the back of the house.”
They revamped the open-plan kitchen/diningroom/living space completely. The extension has an atrium-style skylight to bring more light into the kitchen; there’s built-in seating in t he di ni ng s pace next to t he floor-to-ceiling window. The couple decided on white walls and dark kitchen units the same colour as the Balterio laminate floor. Their builder, Conor Redmond, hand-built the units and the island, using plywood, stained deep brown and sealed. There’s a small utility room off the kitchen, with a door into a side passage.
The garden has a sandstone patio, black bricks beside the raised lawn and a gazebo at the end where the couple can barbecue even if it’s raining, says Aoife.
Double glazed doors open from one side of the kitchen into the livingroom at the front of the house: it’s relatively small, but the glass wall that separates it from the hall makes it seem bigger. Aoife discovered that all the downstairs walls were load bearing, “so there’s lots of steel around it”.
Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, the main one en suite, and a sin- gle bedroom decorated as a nursery, as well as the family bathroom.
There is off-street parking at the front of the house, which is tucked away roughly halfway down the cul-de-sac that is Obelisk Grove in the St Augustine’s Park development behind St Augustine’s school in Blackrock.