Town­house with room to spare

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - GEMMA TIPTON

De­scrip­tion: Classy Rath­gar spot is ready to walk in to Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald When the own­ers of 46 Villiers Road bought this house around 10 years ago, they were look­ing for a project. In the end they spent a year lav­ish­ing care, at­ten­tion and cash on it, work­ing with Suzy Freeney Ar­chi­tects on the in­side, and Van den Berg Land­scapes out­side.

The re­sults have paid off hand­somely, and now they’re on the move again (“We had an­other build in us,” the owner, who works in fi­nance, says), so it’s up for sale with Sherry FitzGer­ald at ¤1.3 mil­lion.

While keep­ing the orig­i­nal fea­tures in­tact, tiling the hall­way and re­plac­ing the win­dows in line with the Ed­war­dian de­tail­ing of the house (but dou­ble glazed), they’ve also ex­tended: so along­side an el­e­gant pair of liv­ing rooms – af­ter all, who ac­tu­ally uses a din­ing room th­ese days? – there is also a very large open-plan kitchen/din­ing area. This leads out to a patio and back gar­den, with wisely durable As­tro­turf (per­fect with three chil­dren and a dog), off-street park­ing, and a shed.

There’s a bed­room on the re­turn, cur­rently laid out as a sin­gle with a study area, and two more plus bath­room on the first floor; the main bed­room has an en suite which is semi-open to the room, so there’s lots of lovely light. Go up again to plenty of stor­age, and a loft area, which isn’t of­fi­cially part of the 182sq m (1,960sq ft), but was, ac­cord­ing to the owner, hotly con­tested by the chil­dren in the “favourite space” stakes.

Villiers Road is a nice res­i­den­tial spot be­tween Rath­mines and Rath­gar. The houses were built in the early 1900s and, the owner tells me, the post­mas­ter gen­eral of the GPO lived on the street in 1916. “Your pantry is Up­per Rath­mines Road,” the owner says. “If you’re out of milk in the morn­ing, by the time the ket­tle has boiled you’ll be back from the shops.”

He also points to the prox­im­ity to Dublin’s city cen­tre. “You can be spon­ta­neous about go­ing out. It’s also a very nice so­cial space to en­ter­tain at home.” As a com­par­i­son, num­ber 35 sold, also with Sherry FitzGer­ald, in July of this year for ¤965,000, though that was in need of re­fur­bish­ment. Here, all the work is al­ready done.

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