Com­ing up roses in Rath­mines

A turnkey three-bed­room town­house in Dublin 6 with a cosy, draught-proof in­te­rior

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market -

early 20th cen­tury, which were built for the lo­cal fire­men of Rath­mines, with elec­tric bells link­ing each house to the fire sta­tion.

At first glance Num­ber 4 would ap­pear to be a flip; as its pris­tine con­di­tion would lead one to think that this prop­erty has just been ren­o­vated and re­stored.

In­su­la­tion

In fact the house has been home to the same Texan owner since 2007, although it has been rented as an of­fice for the past two years as the owner has moved to a larger prop­erty in the vicin­ity.

“Most of the work was com­pleted by the pre­vi­ous ar­chi­tect own­ers, so all we did was in­stall new oak floor­ing, paint the house and added some ex­tra in­su­la­tion on the win­dows; as be­ing a Texan from a warmer cli­mate I be­came ob­sessed with elim­i­nat­ing any draughts.”

Set over two floors, all the liv- ing space is on the up­per floor, while bed­rooms – of which there are three – lie at gar­den level.

Both re­cep­tion rooms at hall level are in­cred­i­bly bright thanks to the prop­erty’s as­pect and large sash win­dows. Each have match­ing pe­riod fire­places and new wide plank oak floor­ing sets a modern tone in keep­ing with con­tem­po­rary dé­cor.

The kitchen lies on the re­turn, and is far more spa­cious than many of its peers – nor­mally this space al­lows a nar­row gal­ley kitchen, but here there is an open fire, break­fast area and a Juliet bal­cony.

At gar­den level there is an abun­dance in­built stor­age – un­der the stairs and the old coal room – and the en­trance area has been turned into a well-planned util­ity room.

Three bright dou­ble bed­rooms lie at this level; the one to the front looks out on to a beau­ti­ful Ame­lanchier Asi­at­ica which pro­duces white blos­soms in April.

The prin­ci­pal is par­tic­u­larly spa­cious, and the third bed­room has French doors to the gar­den, which has the ben­e­fit of rear lane ac­cess.

The house ap­pears on the prop­erty price reg­is­ter as hav­ing sold in 2017 for ¤950,000 – this was an in­ter­com­pany trans­fer – and is now on the mar­ket through Sherry FitzGer­ald wi t h an ask­ing price of ¤975,000.

‘‘ Be­ing a Texan from a warmer cli­mate I be­came ob­sessed with elim­i­nat­ing any draughts

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