Edwardian attire on Ailesbury Park for €1.85m

Stained glass, high ceilings and a timber porch are some of the period details in this five-bedroom house on a road closed to through traffic


Pricing property is difficult in this market so it’s interesting to see that agents Beirne & Wise have put a price of €1.85 million on 2 Ailesbury Park – the same price a similar looking semi-detached house on the road, 1 Ailesbury Park, achieved in early 2010.

The Property Price Register doesn’t record the state or size of houses that have been sold – one if its failings – but this house is in move-in condition with five bedrooms over three floors.

The owners, who have decorated it with great flair, are downsizing.

These solid looking redbricks, built in 1910, have features faithful to the Edwardian era: with plain plasterwork, tall ceilings, good entrance hallways, stained glass in windows and doors and a slightly rambling air.

This also has a timber porch – a lovely feature in houses of the period.

Ailesbury Park once had two entrances, one off Ailesbury Road near the Dart stop, the other out onto Merrion Road.

In a move that has benefitted its residents enormously, the Merrion Road entrance was blocked to traffic so it is now a cul-de-sac with pedestrian access only. Number 2 is at the Merrion Road end of the Park.

There are two interconnecting reception rooms off a room-sized hall. The front room has a deep bay window while the back room ends in a small sunroom – an original feature of the house – although its windows have been replaced with newer ones. It also has the Edwardian curiosity of a secret door that opens to the garden.

The eat-in kitchen has the original red quarry tiles on the floor and has timber units topped with granite worktops. There is also a small back kitchen, possibly the original scullery, now used for extra storage, as well as a utility room.

Upstairs the five bedrooms are over two floors and include four large doubles and a single.

Most rooms have fireplaces as would have been typical of the time. There are also two full-sized bathrooms.

The large bedroom at the top of the house, with its sloping tongue-and-groove ceilings and electric rooflights, is used as a home office though it would be the first choice as a bedroom for most teens.

Outside the back garden is mature and private and there is off-street parking for one car to the front.

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