Fam­ily for­tunes in a red­brick

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

De­scrip­tion: Red­brick, 1870 ter­race house withtwo re­cep­tion rooms, three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms and rear gar­den. Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald At the Fairview end of the long, di­verse Philips­burgh Av­enue, num­ber 67 is a Vic­to­rian red­brick, one of four built in 1870 by a builder who de­cided to live in num­ber 67 him­self. Clearly a house that lends it­self to serendip­ity, the present-day own­ers dis­cov­ered, when they bought in 2004 and read the ti­tle deeds, that the first per­son to own the house af­ter the builder was their very own great-grand­fa­ther.

Framed pic­tures, re­cov­ered by the fam­ily, bear tes­ta­ment – so do copies on the ti­tle deeds on the wall. Treated to care, at­ten­tion and a great deal of obvious af­fec­tion, num­ber 67 has had its orig­i­nal de­tail re­stored and a rear kitchen/break­fas­troom added. There are a no­table num­ber of orig­i­nal fire­places, both mar­ble and cast-iron. The ven­dors are mov­ing to be closer to their chil­drens’ schools.

The ven­dors paid ¤465,000 for num­ber 67 in 2004, a time when the mar­ket was fly­ing high. Agent Sherry FitzGer­ald is ask­ing ¤565,000 this time round for a house with a floor area of 115.5sq m (1,243sq ft).

Lushly car­peted, num­ber 67 is a quiet house with an un­pre­ten­tious el­e­gance. The front sit­tin­groom has a wide bay win­dow and a work­ing, green and black mar­ble fire­place with lovely inset tiles of blue. Colours here, and through­out, are mostly a del­i­cate mush­room and off-white. The front door has the orig­i­nal, stained glass intact and the bright hall­way has a dado rail, cor­nic­ing and an in­ter­est­ing orig­i­nal al­cove on one side. There is a fea­ture sky­light win­dow in the rear kitchen/fam­ily/din­ingroom, as well as a pol­ished oak floor and, a step lower in the din­ing area, a pic­ture win­dow over the gran­ite slabs, cream walls and As­tra turf of the rear gar­den. Here, there are beds with li­lac and hy­drangea along the walls, a stor­age/util­ity shed at the end and ac­cess to a con­ve­nient rear laneway.

The bed­rooms are bright and have high ceil­ings. The main bed­room has an en­suite shower and a cast-iron fire­place. One, a sec­ond-floor at­tic bed­room, has a cast-iron fire­place and dormer win­dows.The sec­ond bed­room is on the first re­turn, where there is also a guest WC while the third bed­room is an orig­i­nal at­tic bed­room with cast-iron fire­place and dormer win­dows.

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