Turk­ish de­light back with price hike

A for­mer Turk­ish con­sulate, this Ge­or­gian-era pro­tected struc­ture was on the mar­ket in 2016 for ¤1.485m, now it’s back and seek­ing ¤1.695m

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE 1.695m

De­scrip­tion: Semi-de­tached, four-bed­room Ge­or­gian house off Tivoli Road. Agents: Sherry FitzGer­ald A semi-de­tached Ge­or­gian house, on a street hid­den away off Tivoli Ro a d in Dún Laoghaire, has been well cared for by the fam­ily who’ve lived there for more than 30 years.

New own­ers are likely to want to up­date some fea­tures, such as the white uPVC win­dows in all the rooms and the cosy but now dated coun­try kitchen. But the house – a pro­tected struc­ture, built in 1804 – re­tains the ele­gance of its era, with high ceil­ings, in­tact ceil­ing roses and cor­nic­ing, a mar­ble fire­place, and a fan­light over the front door. And it’s bright, with many of the rooms dual as­pect.

Num­ber 9 Eglin­ton Park – con­fus­ingly called White Lodge, like its semi-de­tached neigh­bour, num­ber 10 – is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald for ¤1.695 mil­lion. The 334sq m (3,595sq ft) four-bed came to the mar­ket in 2016 for ¤1.485 mil­lion but failed to sell.

Up to the 1980s, both 9 and 10 Eglin­ton Park were home to the Turk­ish con­sulate in Ire­land, with one house used as of­fices be­fore the prop­erty was re­stored as two houses. The legacy of this can be seen in the draw­ingroom to the right of the front hall: a door be­side the fire­place that once led to the other house now opens to a very nar­row drinks cab­i­net.

Rich colours

The draw­ingroom, like most of the house, is painted in rich colours and fur­nished in pe­riod style: the chim­ney­breast above the pale grey mar­ble fire­place is a vivid red, the walls pale yel- low. Tall win­dows framed by heavy red cur­tains look on to the front and rear of the house. The din­ingroom on the left of the front hall is painted eggshell blue.

The hall curves to the left, lead­ing to a small sit­tin­groom/TV room with a solid fuel stove, where the origi- nal ser­vants’ bells re­main over the door. A glazed door from here opens into the dual as­pect coun­try-style kitchen/ break­fas­troom. An­other glazed door leads into a very big util­ity room, off which is a shower room and a wine store. A door from here opens into the paved side gar­den. A large con­serva- tory at the side of the house has floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows and a pa­tio door look­ing on to the lawn at the other side of the house.

Dou­ble doors

Up­stairs, the main bed­room is on the first re­turn: a door opens first into a study, then through dou­ble doors into the bed­room, off which is a walk-in dress­in­groom and a large fully-tiled bath­room. There are three more bed­rooms, all dou­bles, a sep­a­rate toi­let and a fam­ily bath­room.

Elec­tric gates lead into White Lodge – num­ber 9 has a very large grav­elled front gar- den with lots of room for park­ing; the neigh­bours in num­ber 10 have right-of-way across it to their prop­erty. The houses are right be­side the newly-built Dún Laoghaire Bowl­ing Club at the back of the Cualanor devel­op­ment, built on the site of the old Dún Laoghaire golf course.

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