Vic­to­rian where cul­tural and gar­den­ing elite col­lided

Num­ber 62 Ranelagh Road, which last sold in 2001, was once the home of so­ci­ety jour­nal­ist Terry Keane

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

De­scrip­tion: Im­mac­u­late two storey over base­ment four-bed­room fam­ily home Agent: Lis­ney It is rare that a gar­den in Dublin can boast in­put from two of Ire­land’s most prom­i­nent de­sign­ers. In his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, How The Boy Next Door Turned Out, gar­den de­signer Diar­muid Gavin tells the tale of how He­len Dil­lion, “the queen of Ir­ish gar­den­ing”, had drawn a de­sign for the late jour­nal­ist Terry Keane on the back of a cig­a­rette packet, and how af­ter meet­ing Keane at a party, she re­quested Gavin, then start­ing out in his ca­reer, to ex­e­cute the de­sign.

Gavin spent months in Keane’s Ranelagh gar­den, find­ing his client – who went on to be­come his mother-in-law – to be “a per­fect mix of Jennifer Saun­ders and Joanna Lum- ley’s char­ac­ters” in the 1980s com­edy se­ries Ab­so­lutely Fab­u­lous. He also de­scribes the house at 62 Ranelagh Road, as a place “where Ire­land’s cul­tural elite and opin­ion mak­ers gath­ered and where cham­pagne flowed”. Over the years Keane, who lived at num­ber 62 un­til 2001, en­ter­tained a host of celebri­ties here in­clud­ing as­tro­naut Buzz Aldrin. The prop­erty, which ex­tends to 232sq m (2,500sq ft) is set back from Ranelagh Road, al­low­ing the in­te­rior to be un­af­fected by the busy thor­ough­fare out­side – fur­ther aided by the shrub­bery in the front gar­den.

Its in­ter­nal lay­out is un­usual com­pared to its peers along the road – the hall­way leads di­rectly into a sun­room that spills out on to a raised bar­be­cue deck.

The house re­tains all of its key pe­riod fea­tures and is in su­perb con­di­tion. Of note are some beau­ti­ful arched win­dows – in the hall and up­per land­ing, with fur­ther arches in the prin­ci­pal bed­room and draw­ing room.

The prop­erty has four bed­rooms – three on the up­per floor and one at gar­den level – while off-street park­ing to the side al­lows the front gar­den to fo­cus on plants and their blooms.

At hall level there are two for­mal re­cep­tion rooms, and at gar­den level there is a kitchen and large liv­ing room.

The gar­dens, while not par­tic­u­larly large com­prise small path­ways framed by box hedg­ing with tow­er­ing trees and shrubs. There are four sep­a­rate ar­eas for din­ing al fresco – de­pend­ing on the path of the sun. A pot­ting shed to the rear has been con­verted into a home of­fice. Un­usu­ally, the prop­erty which dates from the Vic­to­rian era, has an abun­dance of stor­age through­out al­low­ing the rooms to be clut­ter-free.

The cur­rent own­ers are trad­ing up and have placed their home, in turn-key con­di­tion, on the mar­ket through Lis­ney with an ask­ing price of ¤1.95 mil­lion.

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