A few of our favourite homes in 2018
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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