Dublin 4 home with car-free convenience and separate apartment for €1.58m

Upgraded 1840s four-bedroom house on Haddington Road has a C1 energy rating

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Address: 88 Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, D4
Price: €1,580,000
Agent: Lansdowne Partnership
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Haddington Road is a glorious stretch of Dublin 4 real estate that links Baggot Street Bridge to Grand Canal Street Upper.

It is part of old literary Dublin and boasts two pubs, several restaurants, a church and primary school – all on the same leafy stretch where there are currently four two-storey over basement redbricks for sale.

At 256 sq m (2,756 sq ft), number 88 is the largest and also boasts the most impressive Ber rating, a C1 – not bad for a home that was built in the 1840s.

It is the only one on the north side of the street and at the Beggar’s Bush end – in fact it’s just across the road from the drinking establishment of the same name and up the road from Slattery’s. The Aviva is a short walk around the corner.


The likely buyer here is a family with kids, for there is a primary school literally up the street and its proximity to shops, eateries and other services, including the Dart at Barrow Street, means you wouldn’t have much use for a car. The house was purchased by its current owner in 2012 when he paid €1 million for it, according to the Property Price Register.

Much of the structural work had already been done, including the construction of the playroom on the return. While refurbished, the house has retained many of its period features including working shutters on its sash windows to the front and the six over six pane styles to the back.

There are matching marble chimneypieces in its interconnecting reception rooms with the dining room set to the rear. From here there is a hatch connecting you directly to the kitchen, in the return to the back of the house.

This has smart white units with laminate countertops and a door opening out to a very private deck that gives you glimpses of the surrounding landmarks but feels very private.

This elevated outside space is north-west facing with surrounding specimen trees including a very mature mimosa occluding the ground below, which is accessed via a set of steel steps. Small children will find this canopied space delightful, for they don’t much care what orientation their outdoors has.

There is valuable storage under the deck with sandstone steps taking you down a level to the back door of the self-contained apartment.

This two-bedroom unit also has its own separate entrance to the front and an L-shaped open-plan living/diningroom with a galley-style kitchen to the rear. Ceiling height

s here are about 2.6m. There are two fine-size double bedrooms set far apart enough from each other for housemates to share without feeling on top of each other.

Parents of college-age kids might also like the idea of them living nearby but no longer with you. The main house has three to four bedrooms, starting with a gloriously bright room on the hall return that has roof lights at its apex to bring in more daylight.

It is currently used as a playroom but could equally be a home office or fourth bedroom. There’s a shower room adjacent to it. On the first floor there are three bedrooms; two sizeable double bedrooms and a large nursery, big enough to accommodate a small double bed.

There is a full-size bathroom on the return at the top of the house. The house is for sale though agents Lansdowne Partnership with an asking price of €1.58 million. The other three houses for sale are on the other side of the street, with south-facing rear gardens, and are situated between Northumberland Road and Baggot Street end.

Number 63, a four-bed, three-bathroom former surgery of 188 sq m with a Ber of F is seeking €975,000 through Lisney. Number 77, a four-bedroom, four-bathroom home of 235 sq m with a Ber of D2 is seeking €1.395 million through SherryFitzGerald; the same agent is selling number 55, a 199 sq m four-bedroom, four-bathroom house with a Ber of E1 and an asking price of €1.3million.

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher

Alanna Gallagher is a contributor to The Irish Times specialising in property and interiors