Fine Vic­to­rian on his­toric ter­race

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ELIZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Spa­cious late Vic­to­rian house with ex­ten­sive garage 174sq m (1,873sq ft) Agent: Lis­ney A cen­tury ago, ly­ing in bed in the mas­ter bed­room of 2 Marl­bor­ough Road, just off North Cir­cu­lar Road in Dublin 7, the sound of neigh­ing horses would have filled the air. At one time 862 steeds were kept at Marl­bor­ough Bar­racks af­ter which the road is named.

The ter­race of 13 houses that line the road was con­structed for the of­fi­cers of the Bri­tish Army, and when the gar­ri­son was hand- ed over to the Ir­ish forces af­ter the An­glo Ir­ish Treaty in 1922 it was re-named McKee Bar­racks.

Horses are still kept at the bar­racks at the end of the road, as it is the head­quar­ters of the Ir­ish Army Equi­tation School, but ac­cord­ing to the owner of 2 Marl­bor­ough Road, the faint sound of seals bark­ing from nearby Dublin Zoo is now a more fa­mil­iar sound on quiet morn­ings.

The prop­erty is de­cep­tively spa­cious and ex­tends to 174sq m (1,873sq ft) over three floors. Pur­chased by the own­ers a decade ago when it was in two units, the couple to­tally re­fur­bished the prop­erty, with the ex­cep­tion of a good-sized room on the first re­turn. Cur­rently used as stor­age, it would make a fine fifth bed­room with enough space to in­clude an en-suite bath­room.

At hall level are well-pro­por- tioned re­cep­tion rooms which re­tain all their pe­riod fea­tures. The bay win­dow floods the draw­ing room with light, as does the bay in the mas­ter bed­room over­head.

To the rear, a bright open-plan kitchen-cum-break­fas­troom opens out to the back gar­den which is home to a spec­tac­u­lar maple tree, whose leaves are be­gin­ning their au­tum­nal turn.

In its cur­rent lay­out the house has four bed­rooms, in ad­di­tion to the room on the re­turn. There is also an op­tion to ex­tend into the at­tic as neigh­bours have done, if more space is re­quired.

A fur­ther sell­ing point of the prop­erty in ad­di­tion to its size, quiet and con­ve­nient lo­ca­tion is a large garage, which can house two cars or in­deed a boat. This opens on to a pri­vate gated lane.

Lis­ney is seek­ing ¤625,000 for 2 Marl­bor­ough Road.

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