Period-style living on Ailesbury Road for €3.5m

Spacious, terraced four-bed is one of four built on the site of a Victorian mansion

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 Built in the 1990s, number 84 Ailesbury Road is one of four terraced properties built on the site of Coreen, a Victorian mansion. Three of these front on to Ailesbury Road in an elegant terrace set well back from the road behind private electronic gates.

Number 84 is the largest of the three and appears to be an end-of-terrace house, but it is connected to the side with the adjoining property, which fronts on to Shrewsbury Road.

In 2006 it was brought to market with an AMV of €7 million and sold for €9.6 million. In 2012 it sold for €2.5 million.

Kitchen-breakfast room.
Kitchen-breakfast room.
Drawing room.
Drawing room.
Living room.
Living room.

Extending to 372sq m (4,000sq ft), the four-bedroom house is laid out over three floors, with two bedrooms on the first floor where there is also a laundry room, and two more on the second, from which there are expansive views of the tree canopy of this part of leafy Dublin 4 to the rear.

Classically proportioned, the house has 3.7m (12ft) high ceilings and inset fires in its reception rooms but also solid concrete floors throughout.

The redbrick and granite fronted house, which emulates the facade of the Victorian house, has acres of living space in rooms that are not too big for everyday use.

While the reception rooms interconnect, it is in a broken-plan fashion with doors between each, lending them a really restful ambiance that isn’t always apparent in open-plan spaces. The layout also allows kids to bring friends home and colonise a room, out of the way of working adults.

Main bedroom with bay window.
Main bedroom with bay window.
Back garden with pedestrian access.
Back garden with pedestrian access.

The kitchen is a really stylish space even if the classical contemporary look of its painted in-frame kitchen isn’t your thing. It has a bronze roof with a lantern-style roof light and curved glazing that will lend itself equally to a modern aesthetic.

The appliances include a Thermador six-burner and teppanyaki pan hob and Sub Zero fridge and freezer, and the countertops are pavement-thick slabs of granite.

The kitchen opens to a timber deck with bamboo shielding the house to the side and making the 80ft long garden feel really private. While north-facing, it gets sunlight from both east and west and has pedestrian rear access which is handy for bikes and bins.

The triple-height hall and atrium over the stairwell has marble-look polished plaster walls throughout. 

The main bedroom is to the front on the first floor. The view from its bay window is of nothing but restful greenery but the traffic noise is discernible and the next owner might look at upgrading these windows at some point.

Its wall of smart wardrobes, all with internal drawers and insets, is big enough to accommodate even those with a serious shopping habit and the en suite bathroom, which has natural light from its dual-aspect windows, has a separate shower and bath. All of the other three bedrooms have roomy relaxed proportions.

There is off-street parking for at least two big vehicles and the annual management fee for maintaining the communal grounds and gate is €2,200.

The property, which has a BER of D1 and has been staged for sale by Power 2 Design, is seeking €3.5 million through Lisney. The other two houses fronting onto Ailesbury have recently come to the market. Number 80, an end-terrace three-bed of 234sq m (2,517sq ft), with an additional 30sq m of attic space, is seeking €2.75 million through Sherry FitzGerald. Number 82, a four-bedroom house of 235sq m, sold last month for €2.4 million; it had sold in 2015 for €1.75 million, according to the Property Price Register.