Ed­war­dian rar­ity in Ranelagh

Set back from the vil­lage’s busier streets, this five-bed home’s strong ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail sets it apart

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 2.25m ALANNA GAL­LAGHER

De­scrip­tion: Five-bed­room Ed­war­dian, one of sev­eral show­houses built for the Dublin In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion in 1907 Agent: Lis­ney Built in 1907 to show­case the best of ar­chi­tec­tural design and build­ing ma­te­ri­als for the Ir­ish In­ter­na­tional Ex­hi­bi­tion of the same year, num­ber 19 Park Drive has re­tained its show­house good looks.

Cal l e d Lau­ris t on, t he three-storey semi de­tached house, which is set in a quiet cul-de-sac away from the traf­fic con­ges­tion that plagues many of Ranelagh’s other streets, is strik­ing with a tur­ret and arts and crafts-style bal­cony to the front.

In­side, the well-pro­por­tioned house has many of its orig­i­nal fea­tures in­tact such as Ed­war­dian plas­ter­work, fire­places and sev­eral leaded-glass win­dows in the hall­way and stair­well.

Now for sale ask­ing ¤2.25 mil­lion through Lis­ney, the house has been in the same fam­ily for over 30 years. While it does need up­grad­ing, a light touch will help pre­serve its char­ac­ter, but the next owner could spend any­thing from ¤200,000 up­wards to coax this Ed­war­dian dame into the 21st cen­tury.

Best room

The hall is a room in its own right rather than just a through­way with a box bay win­dow and win­dow-paned tur­ret draw­ing light in and has a brass-hooded fire­place dec­o­rated with art nou­veau pan­els adding phys­i­cal and vis­ual warmth.

To the right is the prop­erty’s best room: the for­mal sit­tin­groom, a space that has dec­o­ra­tive plas­ter­work that ap­pears to hark back to the Vic­to­rian era rather than for­ward to the more pared-back el­e­gance of the Ed­war­dian pe­riod. A ma­hogany fire-sur­round com­plete with over-man­tle mir­rored panel has tiled in­serts. The room is big enough to take three so­fas set at right an­gles to each other and has a large case­ment win­dow with a lead­ed­glass panel that shines light into its fur­thest cor­ners. The sec­ond front win­dow is a dec­o­ra­tive trope. From the out­side, it ap­pears to be a cabi­net of cu­riosi­ties hous­ing blue and white vases on shelves but is closed off from the main sit­tin­groom by a door. The cur­rent owner uses it as a bar but it would be lovely to have the ben­e­fit of this light fil­ter­ing into the liv­in­groom.

The for­mal din­ingroom to its rear is an­other fine room that over­looks the gar­den. The fact that th­ese rooms are not in­ter­con­nect­ing means there is plenty of wall space to hang art.

The kitchen is set to the back and is where work is needed. By mod­ern stan­dards it feels small, given that the house ex­tends to 330sq m (3552sq ft). But there is plenty of scope to ex­tend side­ways through the cov­ered side pas­sage and into a sit­ting room that leads through to the garage.

Re­think­ing th­ese rooms would give you all the space you need to have a large kitchen-cum-din­ing and liv­in­groom with ac­cess to the gar­den from each part.

Up­stairs there are three gen­er­ous bed­rooms on the first floor with an­other two on the sec­ond. The mas­ter bed­room is set to the front of the first floor and has ac­cess to a ve­ran­dah-style bal­cony that faces south­west. Ad­join­ing it is the fam­ily bath­room, a gor­geous space that en­joys the round win­dow as well as tur­reted space.

Decked ar­eas

There is a large shower room on this floor also.

On the sec­ond floor, there are two bed­rooms and two other smaller rooms, one be­came a bath­room, the other a study or play­room.

The gar­den is gor­geous and com­pletely pri­vate with sev­eral decked ar­eas. The house backs on to Gon­zaga Col­lege.

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