Grand dame re­stored in Malahide

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - 1.95m


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.

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