Fresh starts at the end of the line

Three end-of-terrace houses – two Victorian and one Regency – in south Co Dublin combine the charm of their original period features with the comforts of modern living

Nothing has been overlooked in the restoration of this three-storey over-basement Regency house, on a quiet cul- de- sac, minutes from the centre of Dún Laoghaire.

Number 3 Crosthwaite Terrace has pristine interiors, with period charm and the comforts of contemporary living. It’s for sale through Savills for €995,000.

The entrance, above the granite steps, is imposing and leads to a polished chequered porcelain floor, which reflects the light from the full height window on the first return.

A large drawingroom and diningroom are interconnecting, with high ceilings, detailed ceiling roses, double-height skirting and a white oak-finish laminate floor, which gives the already well-proportioned areas greater depth. The original ornate plasterwork stands out against well-chosen wall colours throughout.


Both rooms have white Italian marble fireplaces with remote-controlled gas fires. New architraves on the interconnecting doors are sympathetically crafted and in keeping with the original plasterwork. Further along this floor are storage rooms, a bathroom and a fifth bedroom.

Original shutters
Downstairs in the basement are the family living area, storage rooms, WC and utility press.

The kitchen is Scandinavian in style and feels modern – a large, well-lit space with integrated Siemens appliances, Corian countertops and high- gloss porcelain tiles. An area in the centre could easily accommodate a substantial island.

The kitchen leads to the living-cum-diningroom, which has white wainscoting, pale walls and the original shutters that are present in all the rooms in the house – so no curtains are necessary. The entire house was also recently fitted with double-glazed wooden sash windows.

On the first floor, a good-sized bedroom with en suite sits beside an enormous room, currently used as an office, which would make a magnificent reception room or a decadent bedroom. With the original intricate coving and period fireplace, it overlooks Dublin Bay through large windows, one of which is a three-sided bay oriel. It has the same bright white flooring as downstairs and is the finest room in the house.

Upstairs are two further en-suite bedrooms, including the large master, with sweeping views of the bay. The master en suite is fitted with Duravit sanitaryware and has a double shower, sink units and a deep bath.

The house is fitted with a hardwired fire alarm and has on-street parking and rear lane access to the south-facing garden and patio.

Number 3 perfectly combines old and new and will make a beautiful family home on this secluded terrace.