Three go into one sprawl­ing Geor­gian with sea views for ¤1.395m

New own­ers have lots of liv­ing op­tions at this Dún Laoghaire home with an apart­ment and mews

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Front Page - Eliz­a­beth Birdthis­tle

New own­ers of 6 Tivoli Ter­race South – just off York Road in Dún Laoghaire – have a cou­ple of op­tions with the dou­ble-fronted late Geor­gian house.

Set two storeys over gar­den level, the prop­erty has sea views from the front rooms up­stairs, and also from the din­ing and draw­ing rooms – which flank each side of the gen­er­ous hall­way, thanks to a large recre­ational sports ground on the far side of the road, which can­not be fur­ther de­vel­oped.

The prop­erty re­tains all its pe­riod fea­tures – with the ex­cep­tion of the fire­place in the kitchen/din­ing area, and the cov­ing, ceil­ing roses and arched win­dow over the stair­case are worth a par­tic­u­lar men­tion.

Home to Hazel and Ken Hen­der­son since 1964, the prop­erty has changed over the years to suit the fam­ily’s re­quire­ments.

In its cur­rent guise the main house is di­vided from gar­den level – the in­ter­nal stairs was closed off when the house be­came an empty nest, but could very eas­ily be re­in­stated al­low­ing the full 230sq m (2,475sq ft) prop­erty to be used as a fam­ily home.

Both the din­ing room – which also houses the kitchen – and the draw­ing room have French win­dows open­ing out onto a deck over­look­ing the rear gar­den – filled with ma­ture shrubs.

As it stands, the gar­den level is rented out as a two-bed­room unit, and has an open-plan kitchen, din­ing and liv­ing space. It does how­ever share the rear gar­den with up­stairs.

This may not suit new own­ers from a pri­vacy per­spec­tive – if they con­tinue to rent the gar­den level apart­ment the gar­den ac­cess might need to be ad­dressed.

The back gar­den could also do with tall trees or shrubs to al­low more pri­vacy from neigh­bour­ing houses to the rear.

Ad­ja­cent to the main house, the for­mer coach-house and sta­bles has been con­verted to a lovely one bed 50 sq m (558sq m) mews. This comes with the ben­e­fit of a pri­vate rear gar­den. The loft bed­room – which would have been home to an ostler in the 1800s – is par­tic­u­larly bright thanks to its dual as­pect and sub­tle decor.

Next door at Num­ber 7 – a twin of this prop­erty – plan­ning was granted in 2017 to re­move the roof and in­stall a sec­ond floor in the mews, in­creas­ing the over­all space of the prop­erty. This might be an op­tion for new own­ers – sub­ject to plan­ning per­mis­sion of course, but there ap­pears to be a prece­dent for same.

There is am­ple park­ing to the front – in fact there is prob­a­bly space enough here to re­in­state a larger front gar­den, and this might help to soften the ex- terior frontage which is cur­rently swathed in a large ex­panse of tar­ma­cadam.

The po­ten­tial rental in­come from the mews and gar­den level com­bined amounts to about ¤3,500 per month – a sum that would go a long way to help fi­nance mort­gage re­pay­ments.

How­ever what this house, dat­ing from the late Geor­gian pe­riod, re­ally de­serves is to be re­turned to a full fam­ily home – the mews can still be rented out and is cur­rently gen­er­at­ing ¤1,400 per month.

Lis­ney is seek­ing ¤1.395mil­lion for Num­ber 6 and its mews. Down the road, Garth Mews at Num­ber 9A Tivoli Ter­race South; a three bed­room 117sq m (1,260sq ft) prop­erty has just been listed sale agreed through Sherry FitzGer­ald. It listed with an ask­ing price was ¤675,000.

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