Another Eden on the market in Donnybrook

Handsome five-bedroom turn-key family home available for €1.95 million

 

For more than a decade, number 3 Mount Eden Road in Donnybrook has been home to a family that has grown to include five boys. It has the space.

With 265sq m/2852sq ft over three storeys the five-bedroom Victorian semi-d was extended by its owners, knocking smaller rooms together, to make room for a large family-friendly kitchen and living area to the rear.

They are moving on to another house in the neighbourhood – one needing work – and are selling their turn-key family home though Sherry FitzGerald for €1.95m.

Architect Francis Curran Caldbeck was just 30 years old when he designed 3 Mount Eden Road, one of a pair of striking looking houses commissioned in 1899 by Capt Lewis Riall, a major landowner in the Donnybrook area.

Like its neighbour, number 3 is distinctive looking with its pretty arched doorway and decorative terracotta exterior finishes, as well as classic later-Victorian interior elements including a large stained glass window in the gable wall, a fine curving staircase to the top of the house and generous room proportions.

It’s such an appealing looking house it’s not surprising its exterior is protected.

The present owners bought in 2003 – at auction for €1.7 million – from an artist who had updated the house and built a large studio in the back garden.

They kept the studio – used by the older boys as a hangout space (though new owners will likely think of other uses for it) and did their own updating.

As well as decorating from top to bottom they reworked the rear and put a new kitchen in – a traditional-style Siematic with a large stone-topped island. The two formal reception rooms interconnect and each features its original fireplace.

Upstairs the particularly large main bedroom – with three tall windows – is to the front with an en suite created by previous owners out of what was originally probably a nursery room. There is another double bedroom on this level to the rear and a family bathroom. At the to of the house are three bedrooms, two doubles and a single as well as a tiny bathroom.

The small front, railinged garden has been landscaped in a formal style while the rear garden – the lawn replaced with Astroturf – backs onto a lane accessed off Morehampton Road.

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