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
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.
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.