Howth Hill Vic­to­rian with sea views

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ALANNA GAL­LAGHER

De­scrip­tion: A five-bed­room, pe­riod house, one of a pair built in 1905 Agent: JB Kelly Cranagh is a fine Vic­to­rian prop­erty, one of a pair built on lands pur­chased from Lord Howth in 1899, when a con­di­tion of the sale was that the two houses were to be built for not less than £1,500, an enor­mous sum at the time, ex­plains the house’s cur­rent owner.

Sit­u­ated on Dun­grif­fin Road in Howth – the tram used to stop out­side its door – the res­i­dence is a 10-minute up­hill stroll from the vil­lage through a wild green area known lo­cally as the bo­hereen.

The cur­rent owner bought in 1978 and an avid hunter once sta­bled his horse in what is now the garage.

The house has lovely pe­riod fea­tures in­clud­ing orig­i­nal sash win­dows, cov­ing, ceil­ing roses and ceil­ing heights of three me­tres. The hall, ac­cessed via a set of gran­ite steps, is floored in an Amtico par­quet. There are fine square re­cep­tion rooms on ei­ther side. The draw­ing room to the right has a bay win­dow and a cast-iron tiled inset fire­place.

The twin win­dows in the sit­ting room give it a lovely sense of sym­me­try. It too has an open fire­place book­shelves.

The kitchen is set to the rear and has the same lofty ceil­ing heights. Painted in a rag-roll ef­fect ochre yel­low, it has Shaker-style units, an Aga set into the orig­i­nal range chim­ney breast, and a sep­a­rate Smeg gas hob. The kitchen has been ex­tended with a large roof light throw­ing in fur­ther light. Dou­ble doors were in­stalled lead­ing out to the good-sized south-fac­ing gar­den. The din­ing area is off the kitchen in what was orig­i­nally the scullery, and where the ceil­ing height is only about eight feet.

Dou­ble doors lead to a Nor­man Pratt-de­signed tim­ber con­ser­va­tory, with another set of doors lead­ing through to the fam­ily room. There’s also a de­cent util­ity room cum guest toi­let and lots of stor­age. While there’s plenty of floor space in these rooms the next owner might like to take a look at the over­all flow and cre­ate a big­ger, more open space that bet­ter con­nects with the pri­vate gar­den to the rear.

Up­stairs on the first floor there are three dou­ble bed­rooms. The mas­ter, set to the front, has in­cred­i­ble views across Howth har­bour all the way to Por­trane. A step down leads into a dress­ing room and shower en suite.

There are two more bed­rooms on the re­turns, which is where the fam­ily bath­room is also lo­cated.

The prop­erty, which mea­sures 262sq m (2,820sq ft), is on sale f or ¤1.3 mil l i on through agent JB Kelly. and al­cove

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