Fully re­stored to ship shape

Former boat­builder’s prop­erty was bought in 2014 for ¤395,000 and fully ren­o­vated

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

De­scrip­tion: Re­fur­bished three-bed­room prop­erty of with large gar­den Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald At the turn of the last cen­tury, sail­ing boats be­ing wheeled down Pa­trick Street in Dún Laoghaire were a com­mon sight.

Boat­builder Michael Ma­honey lived at No 55, the gar­dens of which were his boat­yard – now oc­cu­pied by First Choice Au­tos.

A paint­ing by Alexan­der Wil­liams hangs in the Mar­itime Mu­seum in Dún Laoghaire, of Eileen, a 17ft craft built by Ma­honey– the old­est one-de­sign keel­boat rac­ing class in the world. She was built in 1908 and still sails to­day, out of Howth.

An old tele­gram found in the prop­erty in­di­cates that Ma- honey’s busi­ness was thriv­ing be­cause he was con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a fly­ing boat, but pre­sum­ably did not, as the first recorded fly­ing boat in Ire­land wasn’t un­til 1935 in Foynes.

The cur­rent own­ers of No 55 bought the prop­erty in 2014 for ¤395,000.

The brochure from that time shows a ram­shackle house. “Ev­ery­thing was rot­ten, it had a “Do Not En­ter” sign out­side be­cause it was so dan­ger­ous, and was home to pi­geons,” says the owner, who is up­siz­ing.

Es­sen­tially the prop­erty has been re­built.

The 140sq m (1,507sq ft) house, dat­ing from the 1860s, was re­designed by ar­chi­tect Robert Fowler and bears lit­tle re­sem­blance to its former self. It has been trans­formed into a warm and invit­ing fam­ily home.

Fowler’s de­sign opened two dark rooms up into one space that houses the liv­ing room and kitchen.

The oak kitchen, by Straw­bridge in Mount Usher Gar­dens, is a far cry from the usual of­fer­ing, and is de­lib­er­ately un- fit­ted, with free-stand­ing units and no up­per presses, al­low­ing each unit to stand as a piece of fur­ni­ture in its own right.

Op­po­site lies a for­mal draw­ing room, which looks out on to a cherry blos­som in the front gar­den.

The house has three fine dou­ble bed­rooms and the master is en-suite.

Apart from a few stains on the car­pet in the draw­ing room, the prop­erty is in turnkey con­di­tion.

What will ap­peal to buy­ers, in ad­di­tion to the decor, is the size­able rear gar­den, which has ac­cess to a lane. Park­ing is off-street to the front and also in the lane to the rear.

No 55 is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald with an ask­ing price of ¤795,000.

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