Red­brick steeped in charm

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ROSE DOYLE

De­scrip­tion: Vic­to­rian red­brick with two bed­rooms, con­verted at­tic, open kitchen/din­ing area, sit­tin­groom, two bath­rooms and cared for gar­dens. Agent: DNG With the Royal Canal’s lin­ear park, Blessington Basin, Broad­stone Com­mu­nity Gar­dens and prox­im­ity to the city cen­tre, a large part of the Stoney­bat­ter/Phib­s­bor­ough/old Grange­gor­man area has be­come hugely de­sir­able in re­cent years.

Fon­tenoy Street, cen­tral to all of it, is a case in point; a street of villa-style Vic­to­rian red­bricks with ca­chet, charm, com­mu­nity and all of the above named fa­cil­i­ties near- by.Along with its neigh­bours, 17 Fon­tenoy Street was built in the 1870s at the be­hest of Sir John Arnott for Broad­stone Rail­way work­ers. Named for the 1745 Bat­tle of Fon­tenoy, it has a long-stand­ing cre­ative hub pedi­gree; James Joyce lived in No 44 for a short while.

Agent DNG is ask­ing ¤535,000 for No 17, a house with two bed­rooms, at­tic con­ver­sion, sit­tin­groom, open kitchen/din­ingroom, two bath­rooms and 96sq m (1,033sq ft) floor area.

A rear south-fac­ing kitchen gar­den is de­light­fully planted with rose­mary, oregano, thyme, pars­ley and more, there is an en­closed gar­den to the side and a won­der­ful cot­tage gar­den to the front.

“In bits” and with just two rooms when the ven­dors bought, they “pulled it apart, back to the bare brick” and, work­ing them­selves and helped by friends, “to­tally turned it over dur­ing the years”. They con­verted and put a third bed­room into the at­tic. They added a sec­ond bath­room, moved bed­room walls to max­imise light, put win­dow lights over ev­ery door, added a new, be­spoke kitchen where the old one had been to the rear.

A large rear bath­room has a free-stand­ing Vic­to­rian bath, sep­a­rate shower and win­dow over a deck­ing area. French doors from the kitchen make the most of this view.

The ceil­ing in the front sit­tin­groom, low­ered to give height in over­head rooms, has had cor­nic­ing re­placed. An orig­i­nal cast-iron fire­place has a wood-burn­ing stove and the sash win­dow has also been repli­cated and re­placed.

Both bed­rooms on the re­turn have 13ft high ceil­ings.

A bath­room has a shower and Velux, and the at­tic space is the width of the house and has an arched ceil­ing, two Velux and of­fice space.

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