Bon­nie Clyde Road Vic­to­rian

The 376sq m house in Dublin’s em­bassy belt was pre­vi­ously rented by Bri­tish Em­bassy

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - BER­NICE HAR­RI­SON 3m

De­scrip­tion: Four-bed Vic­to­rian in good con­di­tion through­out Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Po­ten­tial buy­ers of pe­riod houses get ner­vous when they hear a prop­erty is a pro­tected struc­ture, fear­ing they won’t be able to change as much as a light­bulb with­out per­mis­sion. Any­one view­ing 2 Clyde Road in Balls­bridge can see – and hear over the screech of drills – that in re­al­ity that is not the case. Its re­cently sold neigh­bour, at num­ber 3, is get­ting quite the makeover. To the rear there’s a vast two-storey ex­ten­sion un­der con­struc­tion, while a sec­tion of the back gar­den has been hived off for a con­tem­po­rary mews. The work is be­ing done by num­ber 3’s new owner Michael O’Leary, who bought the house two years ago for ¤2.85 mil­lion – the Ryanair boss paid ¤100,000 less than the ask­ing price for the prop­erty that in­cluded the mews site, a rare and valu­able find in this part of Balls­bridge.

The house now for sale – num­ber 2, for ¤3 mil­lion through Sherry FitzGer­ald – has the em­bassy-belt cre­den­tials you’d ex­pect in this part of Balls­bridge. It was rented for some years by the Bri­tish Em­bassy, which ex­plains why it has been staged for sale with swanky new fur­ni­ture in the key rooms that show it off at its best: houses of this size, 376sq m (4,050sq ft) which have been rented, no mat­ter who the ten­ant, tend to look a bit bleak if shown un­fur­nished.

It’s an i deal house f or large-scale for­mal en­ter­tain­ing. The front door – up a tall flight of gran­ite steps – opens into an outer re­cep­tion hall, lit by a round-top sash win­dow and with space for chairs and a con­sole. Through an­other door is an in­ner hall and three re­cep­tion rooms. The very grand front re­cep­tion has two tall win­dows and it opens into the back room, cur­rently laid out as a din­ingroom. To­gether they make a very el­e­gant L-shaped space with pe­riod fea­tures and the high ceil­ings and room vol­umes these houses are prized for.

There’s an­other, smaller re- cep­tion room on the other side of the hall at the rear of the house – an ideal study – and also a guest toi­let. Up­stairs there are three bed­rooms, two with en­suites, and a fam­ily bath­room. There’s a fourth en­suite bed­room down at gar­den level where the scale is more homely, with a fam­ily room to the front and an eat-in kitchen open­ing out to the gar­den at the back. Down here the dec­o­ra­tion is all stripped pine and ex­posed brick. The kitchen units are also dated but the glossy black dou­ble Aga, a time­less ad­di­tion to any kitchen, will likely stay.

There’s a garage to the side and the width of these houses mean a more gen­er­ous gar­den than usu­ally found in two-over-base­ment Vic­to­ri­ans. While the mews site in this house was built on and sold off years ago, there is still a good-sized, wide rear gar­den and to the front there is a lawn as well as park­ing for sev­eral cars.

New own­ers might seek to go down the ex­ten­sion route, adding to the rear, but they could eas­ily move in to­mor­row and hap­pily live in this fine pe­riod house – but they will most likely up­date the kitchen, bath­room and en­suites be­fore they do much else.

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