Bowled over by lively ‘much-loved’ D4 Ed­war­dian

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 1.5 mil­lion

This is a tall house with an el­e­gant, Ed­war­dian style to it.

Semi-de­tached, set back from one of Dublin’s his­toric and mo r e pleas­antly wind­ing thor­ough­fares, 65 An­gle­sea Road’s three storeys, gable with in­set mo­tif, orig­i­nal win­dows and gran­ite sills, cre­ate ex­pec­ta­tions that it more than lives up to.

In­side, all is light and high ceil­ings, pas­tel colours, white wood­work and lots of win­dows, both orig­i­nal and velux. The velux were one of the first things the ven­dor “put in ev­ery­where pos­si­ble”.

Num­ber 65’s lay­out, a large 266sq m (2,860sq ft) of liv­ing space, and no­table lo­ca­tion have pro­vided a lively and much-loved home to the ven­dor’s fam­ily for 20 years.

“The fact of the gar­den back­ing onto Mount Mer­rion Cricket Club has been great for us all,” he ex­plains. “It brings fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity on An­gle­sea Road to­gether. In our fam­ily, the dog had the gar­den and the chil­dren had the cricket club. The club was also there for a so­cial life and great pint.”

Agent Sherry FitzGer­ald is ask­ing ¤1.5mil­lion.

It’s im­pos­si­ble, with orig­i­nal 1905 fea­tures ev­ery­where, to over­look num­ber 65’s origins. Ceil­ing heights apart, there are orig­i­nal pic­ture and dado rails, doors, win­dows, fire­places (ev­ery bed­room has one), dec­o­ra­tive plas­ter­work and coloured, leaded glass in win­dows and doors. The front en­trance door has an es­pe­cially fine ex­am­ple of or­nate glass­work.

The house, the ven­dor says, “was in rea­son­able con­di­tion” when they bought in 1998. “We gut­ted it any­way and started again. We wanted to put our stamp on it.”

The for­mal, in­ter­con­nect­ing din­ing/draw­ingrooms were re­tained, ex­cept for the ad­di­tion of a rear, iron-railed sun­trap veranda. The ceil­ings are 11ft high, the plas­ter­work im­pres­sive and a pair of white mar­ble fire­places quite lovely.

The long, once dark kitchen/break­fas­troom was bright­ened with the ad­di­tion of six velux in an apex ceil­ing and, in the break­fast area, an arched win­dow over the gar­den.

There is an orig­i­nal cast-iron fire­place in the fam­ily area. A cel­lar run­ning un­der the house could be many things, in­clud­ing a home for wine.

A large, ce­ramic-tiled bath­room on the first re­turn has Mer­rion Cricket Club views (th­ese get bet­ter the higher up you go).

A bed­room on this re­turn has a fine, mot­tled-mar­ble orig­i­nal fire­place. The main, en suite bed­room has a white mar­ble fire­place and in the re­main­ing bed­rooms the fire­places are cast-iron orig­i­nals. A mez- za­nine on the top floor could (and has in the past) make a bright study/of­fice.

Houses sell well on An­gle­sea Road; num­ber 9 sold in June 2017 for ¤1.05m and 89A sold in April 2017 for ¤1.55m. No 67, next door – much larger and with a home cin­ema – sold for ¤2.35m in 2016.

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