Tall, bright and hand­some in a quiet cor­ner of Sandy­mount

This el­e­gant Ed­war­dian three-storey house was given a classy makeover in 2005 which in­tro­duced its open-plan liv­ing area and cre­ated a spa­cious master bed­room

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

De­scrip­tion: Re­fur­bished, re­designed and ex­tended four bedr with open-plan liv­ing area and large back garden Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Ev­ery­thing about this house is quiet. The road it sits on is serenely set back from the bus­tle of nearby Balls­bridge; the older, orig­i­nal part of the house has a sub­tly pre­served hush and the bright, stylishly ex­tended rear has a sense of peace and light. “It’s been great to rear the fam­ily in,” says the ven­dor, “but they’ve gone now so we’re down­siz­ing for our third act.”

The el­e­gant, Ed­war­dian houses in Oak­lands Park were built in 1907. The ven­dors paid £106,700 for number 36 in Au­gust 1989, a princely sum at the time. Twenty-nine years later agent Sherry FitzGer­ald is sell­ing with an ask­ing price of ¤1.375 mil­lion.

Number 36 has seen a lot of liv­ing and a lot of work since 1989. Back then it had a floor area of 151sq m (1630sq ft); this now meas u r e s 242sq m (2,607sq ft). A classy ex­ten­sion in 2005, de­signed by ar­chi­tect Michael Cullinan, added an open-plan rear, a great number of clever, oak-fin­ished wall clos­ets and a large, curv­ing in­ner hall. An orig­i­nal bed­room was sac­ri­ficed to add to the main bed­room, which now has an en suite and dress­in­groom.

It’s a tall house – the ven­dor says they “got used to ver­ti­cal liv­ing” – with ground and first floors, first and sec­ond floor re­turns and a top floor.

Style state­ment

The for­mal re­cep­tion rooms make an elo­quent style state­ment about the house’s Ed­war­dian be­gin­nings. Plas­ter­work and ceil­ing roses, orig­i­nal win­dows and an im­pos­ing mar­ble fire­place con­trast with the dark shine of an Amer­i­can wal­nut floor. Dado and pic­ture rails in the hall also showcase Ed­war­dian ori­gins. The cor­bels are a con­vinc­ing new ad­di­tion, as is the leaded-glass front door.

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