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
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.
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.