Grand home facing private park


RATHGAR: €2 MILLION:Much was spent on the refurbishment of this Victorian redbrick when it last changed hands but now it could do with freshening up

ALL THE signs are here that 14 Rostrevor Terrace was given a top-of-the-range makeover when it changed hands around seven years ago. The first clue is in the kitchen, which is to the front at garden level in this very large, 390 sq m (4,197sq ft) Victorian redbrick.

It’s a SieMatic with all the fancy inserts and extras that come with this brand. Two walls are lined with cream units with stainless steel trim and a stone worktop and it features integrated appliances, an Aga and a huge central island that incorporates storage and a breakfast bar. Spending this much on a kitchen gives an indication of what was spent elsewhere.

The kitchen opens into a room at the side that is used as an office and can be accessed from the front garden, and into a family room at the back. Double doors lead from there to the 33m back garden.

There’s also a contemporary glass-box sun room as well as a sauna and steam room and a fully kitted out utility room. There is access to this level from underneath the granite entrance steps.

Upstairs at hall level, where the ceilings are higher, there is a really lovely inner hall with a stained-glass window, and a grand formal living room with a cherrywood floor and two tall sash windows. It opens into a dining room at the back making it ideal for large-scale entertaining.

The cornicework throughout this level is highly decorative, indicating that Rostrevor Terrace, with substantial houses that overlook its own private park, was always a smart address.

There is another room on the first-floor return that could be a study or small guest bedroom.

On up are four more bedrooms. Three are large doubles, two of them en suite, and one is single. The family bathroom is nicely done with a freestanding claw-foot bath.

There are 14 houses in Rostrevor Terrace, which was built in the mid-1800s. Number 14 is at the end of the terrace, which is set back from the main road so it’s quiet and mostly free of traffic.

The houses feel quite grand, being larger than most two-storey-over-basement redbricks in Dublin 6. This one has been rented for a number of years and so the paintwork needs redoing, the floors require sanding and the carpets could do with changing, but it’s a fine house with a great garden and off-street parking behind electric gates for three or four cars. It’s for sale through Gunne for €2 million.

14 Rostrevor Terrace, Dublin 6

Description: Two-storey spacious Victorian redbrick overlooking a private park

Agent: Gunne