Touches of class in en­dur­ingly Ed­war­dian Monkstown red­brick

Ex­tend­ing over three lev­els and providing views of Dublin Bay, this five-bed house built in the 1920s re­tains the mood of the pe­riod thanks to the in­cor­po­ra­tion of orig­i­nal el­e­ments in its mod­erised, open-plan lay­out

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

De­scrip­tion: Five-bed, semi-de­tached 1920s red­brick house on three lev­els. Agent: Beirne & Wise This is a house which, even though it has been ex­tended, mod­ernised, given a rear, open-plan liv­ing area and func­tion­ing at­tic room, re­mains steeped in the mood and el­e­gance of its Ed­war­dian-style ori­gins.

The Ed­war­dian pe­riod (1901-1910) had, strictly speak­ing, ended by the time Charles Archer built num­ber 32 Alma Road, along with eight other red­brick semis, in the 1920s. But he stuck with the Ed­war­dian style and its virtues are ev­ery­where ev­i­dent in num­ber 32.

Houses on the pop­u­lar Alma Road come in a va­ri­ety of styles – those across the road from num­ber 32 are, for ex­am­ple, Vic­to­rian. They sell well too: num­ber 32’s four-bed neigh­bour sold for ¤1.45 mil­lion in 2016 and a year later num­ber 39 sold for ¤1.875 mil­lion.

The ven­dors paid ¤1.9 mil­lion for num­ber 32 when they bought it in 2006 and since then have in­vested time, money and fam­ily life, as well as in­creas­ing the floor space to 223sq m (2,400sq ft). Twelve years later, with a grow­ing fam­ily, they are up­siz­ing, hope­fully to a larger house in Monkstown. Agent Beirne Wise is plac­ing it on the mar­ket for ¤1.495 mil­lion.

The rear, open-plan sin­gle-storey kitchen/dining/fam­ily space is the most ob­vi­ous ad­di­tion. Some­thing of a sun­room, with wrap­around ceil­ing to floor win­dows on two sides, the re­laxed fam­ily area faces into the side pa­tio and lawned back gar­den. The re­ten­tion of the orig­i­nal, small range as a show­piece in the well-fit­ted kitchen is a nice touch. Head­ing fur­ther into the house there are shower and util­ity rooms, and a uni­for­mity to it all through the use of the same creamy-beige tiles used in the kitchen.

The en­trance hall­way and for­mal re­cep­tion rooms are where the Ed­war­dian mood and style come into their own. The hall­way’s orig­i­nal floor­boards are darkly var­nished, there are pic­ture and dado rails and orig­i­nal dou­ble, stained-glass pan­els in the front door.

Orig­i­nal win­dows have been faith­fully re­placed in the front draw­ingroom (and else­where), ra­di­a­tors are an­tique-style and an orig­i­nal ma­hogany fire­place has a shin­ing, brass canopy.

The ad­join­ing, rear din­ingroom has a slightly less or­nate ma­hogany f i r eplace and French doors to the pa­tio.

‘‘ Orig­i­nal win­dows have been faith­fully re­placed in the front draw­ingroom

black-and-white tiles give an en­dur­ing flair to the sec­ond floor fam­ily bath­room where there is also a free-stand­ing, claw foot bath, tongue-and-groove pan­elling and sep­a­rate shower.

The bed­rooms are gra­cious and have long win­dows, pic­ture rails and cast-iron fire­places. An at­tic con­ver­sion, with full stairs lead­ing up, has cre­ated a sec­ond-floor bed­room with Dublin Bay views to Howth and a shower room. There is off-street park­ing for two cars to the front.


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