Joycean ties and the Por­to­bello ef­fect in Dublin 8

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - 575,000 &¤795,000

Although they are tech­ni­cally not in the Dublin dis­trict of Por­to­bello, which runs from the Grand Canal to South Cir­cu­lar Road, bor­dered by Leonard’s Cor­ner and Richmond Street South, the many small streets run­ning off the north­ern side of this much sought af­ter dis­trict are said to have the Por­to­bello ef­fect, with prices re­flect­ing the high de­mand for hous­ing so close to the city cen­tre.

No 29 Lom­bard Street West, a Vic­to­rian two-bed, was bought by its cur­rent owner, Bar­bara Gil­martin, in 2010 for ¤330,000. Old pho­to­graphs hang­ing on the bath­room wall show a very dif­fer­ent home from the one on of­fer to­day. What was an unloved, dark house with a lean-to at the rear has been com­pletely re­built. “With a good builder and ar­chi­tect, over the course of seven months we fin­ished the project on time and within bud­get,” Gil­martin says.

Liam McLough­lin­was the ar­chi­tect tasked with the ren­o­va­tion and ex­ten­sion, which added 35sq m (377sq ft) to the house, in the form of a large kitchen and din­ing area to the rear of the prop­erty. In ad­di­tion, a bay win­dow was in­stalled to the front of the house, bring­ing the house into line with its neigh­bours.

The amount of nat­u­ral light flow­ing through the house – the re­sult of sev­eral large Velux win­dows, and pa­tio doors in the kitchen – is in­cred­i­ble. The trade-off with the ex­ten­sion meant a re­duc­tion from a city-sized gar­den to a court­yard, but the way the pa­tio doors open cre­ates a seam­less link be­tween the din­ing area and out­doors, cre­at­ing a large en­ter­tain­ing space. The prop­erty now has two bed­rooms; the third was turned into a spa- cious bath­room with free­stand­ing bath and dou­ble shower.

There is a fur­ther bath­room on the ground floor. In­te­ri­ors were over­seen by Noelle O’Donoghue, who gave the sit­tin­groom a pe­riod vibe while mak­ing the liv­in­groom sim­ple and con­tem­po­rary. Gil­martin has put her turnkey-con­di­tion home, which mea­sures 112sq m (1,205sq ft), on the mar­ket through DNG with an ask­ing price of ¤795,000.

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