Period features abound in terraced five-bed
Description: Spacious 1840s four-bed near centre of Dun Laoghaire
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald
A terraced house near the centre of Dún Laoghaire in south Dublin is a spacious property with grand, high-ceilinged rooms and space for the kind of period furniture that just doesn’t fit into modern homes. When the current owners bought 9 Mulgrave Terrace 28 years ago, it was in bedsits, with partitions everywhere. Many of the original period features – elaborate cornicing and a centre rose in the hall, sash windows at the front of the house – have been retained and restored along with a number of other renovations by the family over the years.
These include adding a sun room off the dining room at the back of the house, installing a new kitchen about 10 years ago and landscaping the small back garden. Now the 293sq m (3,150sq ft) five-bed – one of the first houses to be built on this terrace in 1842 – is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald for ¤1.275million.
One of its most striking features is a huge, wide arch connecting the drawing room – with its large marble fireplace – at the front of the house to the dining room: the arch mirrors a smaller arch in the front hall. The dining room opens directly into the sun room with a tiled floor, exposed brick wall and sliding patio doors on to the rear patio.
On the right of the front hall is a large living room with a timber fireplace and sash windows with working shutters. Very large double doors connect it to a smaller room at the back, currently in use as a study.
A step at the end of the front hall – past a downstairs toilet and a side door into the back garden – leads into a large, bright kitchen with a semi-solid timber floor and cream units. It’s modern, but new owners may want to reconfigure the back of the house, perhaps adding a kitchen island unit and utility room. A step at the side of the kitchen leads back up into the sun room.
The huge main bedroom is on the return at the top of the stairs next to the family bath- room. The room takes a large mahogany bed and wardrobe. The bathroom has a beige-tiled floor and part-tiled walls, a bath and walk-in shower.
Four more large double bedrooms open off the first floor landing: new owners may want to install en suites in some of the bedrooms and there’s certainly plenty of room to do so.
The garden at the back, surrounded by granite walls, with raised colourful flower beds, is relatively small but very well landscaped. There is room to park several cars in the front garden. The house is close to the corner of Mulgrave Terrace and Tivoli Road, a short walk from Dún Laoghaire’s town centre and also from the lovely park – once private, but now open to the public – at the centre of Royal Terrace on the other side of Tivoli Road.