A few of our favourite homes in 2018

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property The Market - – FRANCES O’ROURKE On view this week­end – ROSE DOYLE – ROSE DOYLE

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Built around 1760, ex­tended in 1820, it has el­e­gant pe­riod fea­tures, re­cently up­graded bath­rooms, a mod­ern kitchen/break­fas­troom, a wine cel­lar in the back court­yard next to a one-bed staff apart­ment, even a cosy dog­house for the own­ers’ large Ger­man shep­herd. The re­vamped coach-house, a short dis­tance from the main house, is a very mod­ern con­tem­po­rary coun­try-style three-bed with white­washed stone walls.

And then there are the gar­dens: a rose gar­den, veg­etable gar­den, three in­ter­con­nect­ing gar­dens sep­a­rated by high hedges and a hid­den ten­nis court, as well as a long field at the front with plenty of room for sheep or horses. It has just gone sale agreed. Sta­tus: Came to the mar­ket seek­ing ¤450,000 in May, sold in Septem­ber for ¤460,000 Agent: Owen Reilly I’m a sucker for a house with a bit of his­tory. Take 3 Strang­ford Road, East Wall for sale through Owen Reilly.

Bright and light filled, built by Canon David Hall about 100 years ago, it has a his­tory rel­e­vant to our hous­ing cri­sis times.

In May, when I vis­ited, it was show­ing off 100 sq m of ex­tremely ac­com­mo­dat­ing fam­ily liv­ing space and gar­dens with ap­ple, cherry blos­som and lilac trees.

In 1918, with his St Barn­abas East Wall parish­ioners liv­ing in poverty and wretched hous­ing, Canon Hall asked the women in his flock to de­sign their ideal home. They wanted in­door toi­lets, hinged win­dows and gar­dens.

In 1920, he set up the first pub­lic util­ity com­pany in the coun­try and, by 1926, with the city au­thor­i­ties still de­bat­ing the hous­ing cri­sis, he had built 176 houses.

Num­ber 3, Strang­ford Road is a shin­ing ex­am­ple. Sta­tus: Came to mar­ket seek­ing ¤850,000 in May, re­mains un­sold Agent: Lis­ney With roughly the same floor area but dif­fer­ent in ev­ery other way, apart­ment 2, 51 Pem­broke Road, ar­rived on the mar­ket through Lis­ney in May.

In a grand old house built in 1834, the worka­day com­mon halls and land­ings in no way pre­pared for the soar­ing, exquisitely sump­tu­ous splen­dour of apart­ment 2.

Elab­o­rate cor­nic­ing, ar­chi­traves, ceil­ing roses, bead­ing and wall plaques had seen plenty of his­tory. Ceil­ings were 4 me­tres high, doors 3.3 me­tres wide, and I could have camped, there and then, on the wrought-iron sur­rounded, awning-shel­tered ter­race.

When I of­fered agent Stephen Day ¤50,000 he thought I was jok­ing.

Adding ¤25,000 failed to im­press.

3 Strang­ford Road, East Wall, Dublin 3

Apart­ment 2, 51 Pem­broke Road, Balls­brudge, Dublin 4

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