Take me to Church Lane

Num­ber 4 is one of five large three-storey mews houses built in the rear gar­dens of a Vic­to­rian ter­race on Rath­mines Road

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market -

In the mid-noughties a small de­vel­op­ment of five three-storey mews houses were built on Church Lane in Rath­mines, in what were the long back gar­dens of a Vic­to­rian ter­race on Rath­mines Road. While from the lane they look the same with their iden­ti­cal stone walls and tim­ber gates, they were ac­tu­ally two sep­a­rate, quite dif­fer­ent builds – three houses owned and de­signed by their ar­chi­tect own­ers and two (num­bers 3 and 4) owned by peo­ple who had owned lock-up busi­nesses on the lane and took the op­por­tu­nity of work­ing with the ar­chi­tects to build a house each for them­selves on the sites.

The own­ers of 4 Church Lane – which is now for sale – had the ben­e­fit of a sub­stan­tial site, wider than its neigh­bours and one that gave the the pos­si­bil­ity of a 32m (107ft) south­west-fac­ing gar­den.

They built a four-bed fam­ily home with two en­suites, one bath­room and a guest toi­let in a three-storey house with 340sq m (3,659sq ft) of space. The mas­ter suite at the top of the house in­cludes two walk-in dress­ing ar­eas, a large shower-room and, in an un­usual ar­range­ment, a Jacuzzi bath up a short flight of steps un­der a large sky­light.

But it’s in the fam­ily rooms and cir­cu­la­tion ar­eas where the gen­er­ous square footage of this mews is so ob­vi­ous. Off the en­trance hall is a cin­ema room to the front, and the hall then leads into the cen­tre of the house where a three-storey atrium has a rooflight throw­ing light down into the space.

There are con­tem­po­rary fin­ishes through­out, with oak in­ter­nal doors and skirt­ing, oak floors (with un­der­floor heat­ing), grey mar­ble flooring in the hall, and glass pan­els on the stair­case.

To the rear is a vast open-plan liv­in­groom with a con­tem­po­rary kitchen, din­ing space and liv­ing area.

The ex­tra width in the site made space for a large pantry – an ex­tra room re­ally – off the kitchen and, on the first floor, a laun­dry room.

The rear wall of the liv­ing area is taken up with glazed con­certina doors that fold right back, and there is a curved stair­case lead­ing up to a fur­ther liv­in­groom with its own good-sized ter­race look­ing down over the back gar­den and the rear of the grand old houses.

It’s un­usual to find a mews with such a long gar­den and this is ma­turely planted and fea­tures an As­tro­turf putting green. There is off-street park­ing for two cars.

Lis­ney is sell­ing 4 Church Lane, Rath­mines for ¤1.75 mil­lion.

The same agent re­cently sold next door, num­ber 3, a slightly smaller house but with the same lay­out, for ¤1.615 mil­lion.

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