Ed­war­dian orig­i­nal

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - ROSE DOYLE 1.7m

De­scrip­tion: Semi-de­tached four bed with sun­room and large rear gar­den Agent: DNG Charleston Road is one of Ranelagh’s sig­na­ture thor­ough­fares, wind­ing a leafy way from Ranelagh vil­lage to Bel­grave Square. The houses on ei­ther side are of mixed ages and styles.

Num­ber 55 is one of the grander types: Ed­war­dian, set well back from the road, a tall house with two storeys over base­ment. The ven­dor’s fam­ily has lived there for 32 years dur­ing which, she says, she “put life and blood into it”.

The house was in three units when the fam­ily bought it in 1986. The orig­i­nal fea­tures were in­tact but the house was in need of re­fur­bish­ment. This has been done, slowly and painstak­ingly, in the years since – even down to hav­ing the front door re­made over a three-year pe­riod.

All of the sash win­dows have been re­stored to their orig­i­nal glory with work­ing shut­ters, while doors, pic­ture and dado rails, cor­nic­ing and, im­pres­sively, fire­places (both mar­ble and cast-iron) in ev­ery room are “as they were”. Solid and se­cure feel­ing, num­ber 55 has been, the ven­dor says, “a very happy home and a very safe house”.

Num­ber 55 cost IR£80,000-IR£90,000 in 1986, “an aw­ful lot of money at the time”, the ven­dor re­calls. Prices had started to rise at the time; a house on Avoca Avenue, Black­rock, sold for the equiv­a­lent of IR£500,000.

Agent DNG is s e e ki ng ¤1.7mil­lion for the 262sq m (2820sq ft) four-bed with three re­cep­tion rooms, a kitchen/ break­fas­troom and wide, long, shel­tered rear gar­den.

Cast- iron fire­place

A lav­ish dec­o­rat­ing style gives a plush feel­ing to the front draw­ingroom with its deep bay window and in­set seat­ing, mar­ble fire­place and plas­ter­work. A pleas­ant study on the hall re­turn has two win­dows over the gar­den, cast- iron fire­place and a dado rail. The first of three bath­rooms is on this re­turn.

The gar­den-level kitchen, with Wa­ter­ford range and large Amer­i­can fridge, will likely be up­dated by a new owner. One of the bed­rooms is on this level, the other three are off the first floor land­ing.

Next door, num­ber 54 with an ask­ing price of ¤1.7mil­lion has gone sale agreed, while num­ber 52 sold for ¤1.29 mil­lion in Septem­ber 2017.

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