Strain-orig­i­nal with re­cent up­grade

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - BER­NICE HAR­RI­SON 950,000

De­scrip­tion: Three bed­room of 138sq m (1,485sq ft) ready to move into Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald In typ­i­cal Alexan­der Strain style – and why buy­ers seek out the houses in this Glas­nevin area – 21 Iona Park feels very spa­cious with high ceil­ings, good pro­por­tions in the main rooms and bay win­dows which add to the sense of space in the front liv­ing room and the up­stairs bed­room.

The builder was known for his in­te­rior de­tails – stained glass, dec­o­ra­tive tiling in fire­places and at­trac­tive ceil­ing cov­ing – and they’re all still here in this house. The own­ers, who are sell­ing and mov­ing out of Dublin with their grow­ing fam­ily, bought in 2012 when the house with 138sq m (1485sq ft) had al­ready been up­dated and ex­tended up into the at­tic.

They did a con­sid­er­able amount of work though in­clud­ing im­prove­ments you don’t much no­tice such as re­plac­ing the win­dows with replica sash ones and work that is more ob­vi­ous in­clud­ing re­work­ing the bath­room and kitchen. Both are in the re­turn.

Up­stairs was re­con­fig­ured with what would have been a bed­room in the re­turn con­verted into the fam­ily bath­room with mar­ble floor­ing, a pe­riod-style bath, shower cu­bi­cle and twin basins. The cast-iron fire­place is still there – al­ways an at­trac­tive fea­ture in a bath­room in a pe­riod house.

This room was en­larged by mov­ing the wall and tak­ing some space from what was orig­i­nally the bath­room which is now a small sin­gle bed­room.

The eat-in kitchen is in the ground floor re­turn with dou­ble doors open­ing out onto the back gar­den. It has been fit­ted with painted timber units topped with creamy sile­stone and looks smart and fam­ily-friendly. The in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms have the bay win­dow to the front and open out to the gar­den from the smaller rear room. Up­stairs, as well as that small sin- gle bed­room there are two dou­bles – one to the rear, the other very large tak­ing up the width of the front with a bay win­dow and a sin­gle sash and a fine fire­place. On up again the con­verted at­tic is used as a bed­room. The own­ers re­moved the old out­houses to give more gar­den space and there is off-street park­ing.

Dec­o­ra­tively new own­ers will have noth­ing to do as the house has been re­cently painted in colours that suit its style. The house is for sale through Sherry F i t z Ge r a l d for ¤950,000 Num­ber 21 Iona Park last sold at the bot­tom of the mar­ket in 2012 when the cur­rent own­ers bought it for ¤550,000. Since then prices have risen on the road with n u mbe r 14 sell­ing for ¤790,950 in late 2014 and num­ber 1 sell­ing for ¤955,000 in late 2015.

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