Period apartment in the embassy belt


DUBLIN 4: €620,000:Long term apartment living is a relatively new concept in Dublin and as a result there are very few properties available in prestige period buildings.

A period buy with all the trappings of embassy belt living without the upkeep headache of a big house is 5 Raglan Court, a two-bedroom apartment on Raglan Road.

The apartment is situated in one of Ballsbridge’s landmark Victorian redbricks. Number five is one of several hall-level apartments.

The property measures 110sq m (1,194sq ft) and is asking €620,000 through agents Sherry FitzGerald.

According to the property price register the property was sold in February 2011 for €490,000. It has been redecorated since. Two other properties in the building were sold in the same year. Apartments 10 and 11 sold in February for €950,000. Number seven sold in September for €800,000.

The apartment has some very appealing period features. The square living room features high ceilings, huge twin windows with original working shutters and a statement white marble fireplace that has a decorative brass insert.

The décor is gentleman’s club. Fine claret coloured walls compete for attention with a snooker green baize coloured carpet. It’s a colourscape that won’t appeal to everyone. Built-in bookcases and period-style ceiling rose and coving are in keeping with the property’s origins.

A door with stained glass panels leads from the sitting room into the eat-in, white gloss kitchen. The room is compact but feels airy and inviting. A second stained glass door leads back out to the accommodation. On the left is the apartment’s second bedroom, currently used as an office. It has a fine ceiling height, built-in wardrobes and a trio of windows that looks out onto Clyde Road.

Steps lead down to another small corridor, off which is the master bedroom – a beautiful spacious room with dual-aspect glazing, one of which is a set of French doors leading into the communal garden below. It has a shower ensuite bathroom and good wardrobe storage.

The current owner designs film sets. Next to the main bathroom is a large and empty hot press that he uses as a work desk to build models. It may entice others who like to tinker into giving up a draughty garage for comfortable apartment living.

The property has mature gardens and off-street parking.

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