Music teacher’s house on Palmerston Road for €3.25m

Spacious D6 home of pianist Jennie Reddin, who died aged 100, needs renovation

A house needing complete renovation close to the Palmerston Park end of Palmerston Road was the home for over 50 years of piano accompanist Jeannie Reddin, who died aged 100 in February this year. Generations of student singers took lessons with her in the bay-windowed music room at the front of Hadleigh, 42E Palmerston Road.

The surprisingly large 530sq m (5,705sq ft) semi-detached redbrick house is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald for €3.25 million. Annamarie Collier, Reddin’s American niece, is the vendor; she remembers visiting the house – in all its glory, with new carpets and curtains – in 1965, soon after her aunt had bought it.

The house, built in the 1880s, still has a lot of its original period details – ornate cornicing in downstairs reception rooms and original fireplaces on upper floors – but there are signs of damp and water damage. New owners will need to do pretty much everything to the house.

One of the best features of Hadleigh is a very long back garden, with a large chestnut tree halfway down. Sheltered by mature trees, it’s very private and has rear access onto Milltown Path, a small road between Cowper Road and Temple Gardens.

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Reddin was chorus master for the Dublin Grand Opera Society and the Wexford Opera Festival, toured Europe and North America with international artists and taught in the Dublin College of Music. She took students into her 90s.

The house next door, 42F, went on the market for €3.25 million in February this year. Hadleigh’s address – 42E – is not to be confused with number 42 Palmerston Road, which is half a block away.