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

Thu, Jun 6, 2013, 01:00

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.

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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.


Traffic-free
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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