Head­turn­ing gems in Gle­nageary

Fine five-bed red­brick home to a fam­ily of artists in­clud­ing a painter and film-maker and a spa­cious, pri­vate villa set on sub­stan­tial gar­dens

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 2.395m, ¤1.45m EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE

De­scrip­tion: Semi-de­tached light filled fam­ily home with large workshop. Agent: Knight Frank The McCarthy fam­ily grew up in 33 Silch­ester Road – a house their parents pur­chased in 1968. In 1972 the house next door – Ash­doo­nan at num­ber 32 – came to the mar­ket, and was duly pur­chased by the fam­ily.

“It was laid out as three large flats ini­tially but thank­fully all the pe­riod de­tails were in­tact, then in the 1980s we sold next door and moved in here,” says Maeve McCarthy of the im­pos­ing 342sq m prop­erty where she and her six sib­lings grew up.

The walls of the prop­erty are adorned with works by Maeve, an artist, whose por­trait of Maeve Binchy hangs in the Na­tional Gallery. It seems that cre­ativ­ity runs in the blood; her brother Peter, a film di­rec­tor – who cur­rently re­sides at the house, runs Good Dog Films and won a num­ber of in­ter­na­tional awards for his film Flight or Fight; an ac­count of a per­sonal jour­ney in the world of Thai box­ing.

Be­cause of Peter’s links with the film in­dus­try, the fam­ily home has been used as a set lo­ca­tion for many film and tele­vi­sion se­ries, which in­clude Sing Street and more re­cently Strik­ing Out star­ring Amy Hu­ber­man and Neil Mor­ris­sey.

One of the real sell­ing points of the prop­erty, be­sides its vast space, is the south fac­ing as­pect to the front which flood the rooms with light through fine bay win­dows on each of the three floors.

The prin­ci­pal bed­room which takes up the en­tire first floor is sim­ply jaw-drop­ping. Mea­sur­ing 39sq m with an open fire, a cello – crafted by sib­ling Brian, is over­looked by a re­mark­able ceil­ing rose. The prop­erty has four ad­di­tional dou­ble bed­rooms and a home of­fice which could work as a sixth.

The rooms to the back of the house, set over the three re­turns, are all bright de­spite be­ing north fac­ing, thanks to all hav­ing a dual as­pect.

When the fam­ily ren­o­vated the prop­erty, the kitchen was lo­cated at gar­den level and old par­ti­tions were re­moved to the rear, which al­lows for a spa­cious liv­ing room, with ac­cess to the rear gar­den.

There are bath­rooms on ev­ery floor, some of which would ben­e­fit from up­grad­ing.

Out­sized an­tiques

In keep­ing with the size of the prin­ci­pal bed­room, the re­cep­tion rooms at hall level are very large and will hap­pily ac­com­mo­date out­sized an­tiques. Both rooms have orig­i­nal fire­places – as do the bed­rooms, and the cov­ing in the front hall­way is quite re­mark­able.

A 70sq m workshop lies be­side the house, of­fer­ing po­ten­tial as ei­ther a mews or sub­stan­tial home of­fice – sub­ject to plan­ning. There is prece­dence next door at Num­ber 33; the orig­i­nal fam­ily home which had a sep­a­rate mews and sold in 2016 for ¤2.175m.

Ash­doo­nan, num­ber 32, in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion on a site of circa 0.28 of an acre is on the mar­ket through Knight Frank wi t h an ask­ing price of ¤2.395 mil­lion. De­scrip­tion: Pri­vate Vic­to­rian villa on a fifth of an acre. Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Nes­tled be­hind high walls and elec­tric gates on Gle­nageary Road Lower in Dublin is Ivy Lodge, a charm­ing Vic­to­rian villa dat­ing from the mid-1870s. The prop­erty is per­fectly sym­met­ri­cal so much so that if one could fold it in half, it would fit per­fectly to­gether.

The cur­rent own­ers who have called the lodge home for 20 years have up­graded the prop­erty over the past two decades.

What is un­usual about the house is its set­ting; most of the prop­er­ties on this road face the traf­fic, not so with Ivy Lodge – it sits side­ways to the road al­low­ing the house to over­look the sub­stan­tial front gar­den, which fea­tures a splen­did magnolia – now on the cusp of blos­som, sur­rounded by a lawn with ma­ture plant­ings and a per­gola for morning coffee.

Two re­cep­tion rooms flank the gen­er­ous hall­way, both are dual as­pect and have open fires. Two fur­ther re­cep­tion rooms lie di­rectly be­neath at gar­den level. One is the fam­ily din­ingroom and the sec­ond is cur­rently used as a liv­in­groom but would also work as a fourth bed­room.

The old coal hole un­der­neath the 12 gran­ite steps to the front of the house has been con­verted into a util­ity al­low­ing the kitchen to be clut­ter free. The kitchen, in sim­ple whites opens into a fur­ther fam­ily liv­in­groom, which also has an open fire.

The two re­turns house three bed­rooms, and a very spa­cious fam­ily bath­room. All are ex­cep­tion­ally bright with plenty of room and stor­age.

A pa­tio wraps around two sides of the prop­erty with a mix­ture of In­dian sand­stone and gran­ite flags, this es­sen­tially

‘‘ Two re­cep­tion rooms flank the gen­er­ous hall­way, both are dual as­pect

fol­lows the path of the sun, where clema­tis and aga­pan­thus add colour, with sum­mer scents from an abun­dance of laven­der and jas­mine.

In its cur­rent lay­out the prop­erty, which oc­cu­pies 216sq m (2,325sq ft), has five re­cep­tion rooms and three bed­rooms, but does not feel overly large – the rooms are more com­fort­able than grand, with sim­ple cov­ing and decor.

The prop­erty will suit a fam­ily in search of a pe­riod home with a large gar­den and am­ple off-street park­ing. But it is the pri­vacy and as­pect that make Ivy Lodge spe­cial. Sherry FitzGer­ald is seek­ing ¤1.45 mil­lion for the house, which is in turnkey con­di­tion.

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