Ranelagh ter­race’s noble as­pi­ra­tions

Ivan­hoe, which is in need of some up­dat­ing, also has po­ten­tial to ex­tend into its sub­stan­tial rear gar­den

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

De­scrip­tion: Five-bed­room, semi-de­tached tim­ber framed house on dis­tinc­tive ter­race. Agent: Lis­ney One of the most dis­tinc­tive ter­races in Ranelagh is on Sand­ford Road where a l i ne of half-tim­bered houses – their dec­o­ra­tive tim­ber trim all smartly painted – stand out as be­ing quite dif­fer­ent to their Vic­to­rian neigh­bours.

The houses are sim­i­lar in de­sign to Sand­ford Park which is to their rear. Now a school, it was built in 1894 as a fam­ily home, de­signed by English ar­chi­tect Thomas Hud­man. It’s thought that he also de­signed the more mod­est, though sim­i­larly styled houses on Sand­ford Road on the pe­riph­ery of the Sand­ford Park land shortly af­ter­wards.

The semi-de­tached num­ber 23, named Ivan­hoe, l as t changed hands about 20 years ago when it was in need of up­dat­ing. At the time it was a six-bed house but the own­ers re­duced that num­ber to five by con­vert­ing one of the smaller bed­rooms to a sec­ond fam­ily bath­room.

At 195sq m (2,100sq ft) it is a large house but new own­ers may seek to ex­tend it fur­ther as has hap­pened with oth­ers on this stretch, a move made pos­si­ble by the long (23m) rear gar­dens.

The ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail­ing on the in­side is as ap­peal­ing as on the out­side – in­ter­nal doors at hall level fea­ture elab­o­rate ar­chi­traves, fine cast-iron chim­ney­p­ieces are in ev­ery room , and there’s a fine ma­hogany stair­case.

Port­hole win­dow

Down­stairs there are two in­ter­con­nect­ing rooms, di­vided by slid­ing doors. Un­usu­ally, both have bay win­dows – the back bay has dou­ble doors set into the bay that open out to the gar­den. That dis­tinc­tive port­hole win­dow to the front be­longs to a walk-in cloak­room.

Twenty years ago there was an old-fash­ioned kitchen and a scullery at the back and these rooms were knocked to­gether to make an eat-in kitchen with glazed doors out to the gar­den. New own­ers, who will re­dec­o­rate through­out, will also up­date the kitchen; they may even ex­tend out as the present own­ers were con­sid­er­ing do­ing and they even got plans drawn up. Off the kitchen is a util­ity room and a side pas­sage giv­ing ac­cess to the front of the house.

Up­stairs there are four dou­ble bed­rooms and a small sin- gle (now used as a home of­fice) spread over two floors, as well as two bath­rooms. Prob­a­bly the most at­trac­tive bed­room is at the top of the house at the rear. It has a bal­cony – built by the present own­ers – which must be a sun trap on a good day as the back of the house is south­west fac­ing.

To the front, the gar­den has been en­tirely paved for car park­ing.

Ivan­hoe, 23 Sand­ford Road, is for sale through Lis­ney seek­ing ¤1.6mil­lion.

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