Rare Cramp­ton-built gem be­side Her­bert Park leaves lit­tle want­ing

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - BER­NICE HAR­RI­SON 3.75m

De­scrip­tion: Five-bed, care­fully main­tained semi-de­tached house Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald It’s not en­tirely surprising that the great early 20th cen­tury Dublin house­builder Ge­orge Cramp­ton chose one of the houses he built on Ar­gyle Road, just off leafy Her­bert Park, to be his own home. It’s a lovely road, quiet and su­perbly lo­cated around the cor­ner from the shops in Don­ny­brook and one of Dublin’s finest amenity-rich pub­lic spa­ces, Her­bert Park.

Since the houses on the road were built just over 100 years ago fam­i­lies have tended to move in and stay put. And so the red­brick and peb­ble-dash houses don’t come on the mar­ket that of­ten and when they do they are ei­ther ex­ecu­tor sales or the re­sult of empty-nesters down­siz­ing. And the lat­ter is the case at number 11 where the cou­ple, their chil­dren now grown, are mov­ing on to some­thing smaller than their 308sq m/3,300sq ft five bed house.

It is in pris­tine, walk-in con- di­tion hav­ing been ex­tended, re­dec­o­rated and up­dated many times over the years, and gen­er­ally main­tained in tip-top con­di­tion.

Number 11 dif­fers from oth­ers on the road in that, what­ever ar­range­ment the orig­i­nal owner had with Cramp­ton, it was built on a dou­ble site and so has a par­tic­u­larly wide side garden that sweeps around to the south­west rear garden.

Cramp­ton was very keen on large halls – number 11 has a fine, very wel­com­ing one – and wide, bright land­ings. The solid porch doors open to a front door with at­trac­tive stained glass – an­other Cramp­ton sig­na­ture, and off the hall are two in­ter­con­nect­ing re­cep­tion rooms, the front fea­tur­ing a deep bay. There is a small study to the left off the hall.

The kitchen is fit­ted with cream painted tim­ber units and with a cream Aga opens into a large con­ser­va­tory at the rear which was added at some point. Also off the kitchen, this time to the side – and again an­other ad­di­tion – is a fam­ily room that opens into the con­ser­va­tory. Up­stairs, there are five dou­ble bed­rooms – one an at­tic room at the top of the house. The largest bed­room has a bath­room en suite – spa­cious, be­cause it was orig­i­nally a bed­room. The fam­ily bath- room is prob­a­bly the only room new own­ers might want to up­date – if only be­cause in this price bracket, buy­ers will want to do some­thing.

Last year two houses on Ar­gyle Road sold, number 15 in need of ren­o­va­tion made ¤1.95mil­lion, while number 5, which had been done-up, sold for its ask­ing price of ¤3 mil­lion. Nei­ther was as large as number 11 or on the same size plot, which is for sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald for ¤3.75 mil­lion.

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