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

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 1.595m &¤575,000 EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE FRANCES O’ROURKE

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.

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