Pe­riod fea­tures abound in ter­raced five-bed

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - FRANCES O’ROURKE 1.275 mil­lion

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.

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