Clas­sic Reuben with dash

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

House prices in Rialto have risen sharply in the last cou­ple of years, helped in part by the en­hanced con­nec­tiv­ity of the red line Luas and by the de­vel­op­ment of St James’s Hospi­tal.

Re­cent no­table sales in­clude num­ber 21 Re­hoboth Place, a tra­di­tional two-up two-down that own­ers Eric Dunne and Conor Hud­son paid ¤360,000 for in 2015 and which they com­pletely trans­formed. It show­cased on the 2017 se­ries of RTÉ’s Home of the Year show and has now been sale agreed close to its ¤545,000 ask­ing price.

Just across Dol­phin’s Barn Street, on Reuben Street, one of sev­eral roads lined with Vic­to­rian red­bricks, sim­i­lar to those in Por­to­bello, a num­ber of mid-ter­race prop­er­ties have also sold in the last six months. Num­ber 29, a two-bed, sold for ¤388,000 in Oc­to­ber 2017, and num­ber 30, another two-bed, sold for ¤380,000 in Jan­u­ary. Num­ber 44, an ex­tended three-bed, 95sq m (1,022sq ft) with a D1 Ber rat­ing, which came to mar­ket ask­ing ¤425,000, has been sale agreed for more than the ask­ing price.

The own­ers of num­ber 40 Reuben Street, bought their house in 2015, pay­ing ¤270,000 for it, and since then have com­pletely ren­o­vated it.

The hall is floored in smart dove grey and white checker­board tiles, the re­cep­tion rooms have been opened up and are floored in lovely pale oak, re­claimed par­quet, redo­lent of Hauss­mann-era Paris and each has a cast-iron fire­place and built-in shelv­ing and cab­i­netry.

The small sit­tin­groom to the front also fea­tures a clever de­vice, a pri­vacy plan­ta­tion shut­ter that shields only the lower half of the window from the street, let­ting light in from above.

The kitchen, set to the rear over­look­ing the back gar­den, has a Belfast-style sink and cab­i­netry from the Vic­to­rian Kitchen Com­pany that in­cludes a larder unit. A space-sav­ing ban­quette-cum-is­land floats in the cen­tre of the room and dom­i­nates the space far less in real life than it does in the pho­tos.

Un­der­foot is a con­crete-ef­fect tile that has also been used out­doors in the patio to marry the two spa­ces to­gether.

Up­stairs there are three bed­rooms. The orig­i­nal large fron­t­room has been di­vided into two smaller units and the at­tic has been con­verted into a smart space from where you can see the Pool­beg Tow­ers.

The gar­den is stepped to fa­cil­i­tate a relic of old Dublin, a large wa­ter pipe once used to trans­port wa­ter to the Guin­ness Brew­ery at St James’s Gate.

The prop­erty mea­sur­ing 103sq m (1,109sq ft) has on-street disc park­ing, and is on the mar­ket for ¤475,000 through agent Sher­ryFitzGer­ald.

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