Grand dame restored in Malahide
The sunroom extends over the patio, into the garden, and has a delightful, eyrie-like feel. A family bathroom and en suite in the main bedroom were the other main structural changes.
Altogether, the McDonnells created 331sq m (3,563sq ft) of relaxed living space and, Teri assures, “used every bit of it”. Family reared, they are downsizing to a house they are building to the rear of number 3. Even with this site taken the garden remains a considerable size, as well as a thriving tribute to Teri’s horticultural skills.
A carefully built, separating limestone wall matches the existing walls.
Windsor Terrace is yards from Malahide Village, a location that was strategic and convenient even when the terrace’s six houses were built by one Thomas Bradley in 1855. Each had an estimated value of £600 on May 1st 1956 – a far cry from the ¤1.85 million paid for number 2 in 2016 and the ¤1.6 million paid for number 6 in 2015.
Agent Sherry FitzGerald is asking ¤1.95 million for 3 Windsor Terrace.
The Windsor Terrace houses are protected structures and the McDonnells have carefully preserved the original features. The formal, front-facing drawingroom has a picture rail on dramatic, petrol blue walls, an original white marble fireplace and a couple of long, sash windows.
The gracious, rear diningroom overlooks the garden, has a black marble fireplace and wine-coloured walls.
Plaster ceiling roses in both rooms and in the hallway are replicas the McDonnells had made.
The main, front-facing bedroom has sash windows with working shutters, an en suite with free-standing bath and the high ceilings found everywhere in the house.
The garden level could make a separate apartment, or remain as is with a flagged hallway, play/familyroom, fifth bedroom, enviably spacious study, wine/storage area, utility and door to the rear, sheltered patio.