Original Victorian with garden bonus for €795k

House has a long list of Victorian features and is full of potential

  • Address: 12 Tivoli Terrace North, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin
  • Price: € 795,000
  • Agent: Lisney
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In the same family since the 1930s, 12 Tivoli Terrace North in Dún Laoghaire comes to the market in near original condition. Some modernisation took place over the years, of course, such as rewiring, central heating, a new kitchen and plumbing as well as an extension.

It was lived in as a comfortable family home for generations, but that was some time ago and the overall impression when walking in the door is that little has changed.

The terraced redbrick house was built about 1870 on a street lined with villa-style houses that is now one way and relatively quiet in terms of traffic despite being so close to Dún Laoghaire’s main street.

With a floor area of 124sq m (1,335sq ft), this house has huge potential and a long list of Victorian features for new owners to work with in what will be an extensive modernisation programme.


The wide hallway has beautiful ceiling plasterwork including a decorative centre rose and it’s easy to believe that beneath the faded linoleum – surely laid more than 60 years ago – the floorboards are intact.

The entrance hall.
The entrance hall.
The kitchen.
The kitchen.
The living room.
The living room.

There are four rooms at hall level with original fireplaces and good proportions – and there is a further room up a short flight of steps. The kitchen and bathroom are down a few steps. While the house is single storey to the front, it is two storey to the rear.

The decades-old single-storey extension to the rear will surely be demolished by new owners and likely to be replaced by a two-storey extension. That will be to create a modern eat-in kitchen below and bedroom and bathroom accommodation above, but also to improve access to the house’s real surprise – its rear garden.

Directly outside the back door and wrapping around the extension is a cobbled stone yard but beyond that, enclosed by waist-high granite walls, is a secluded rear garden planted with shrubs and flowers and with a small lawn. Here too is a garage opening to a lane that runs along the rear of the terrace.

The house is a protected structure and for sale through Lisney seeking €795,000.