Tiger turnaround on Orwell Road makes a comeback seeking €2.1m

Detached Victorian property with five double bedrooms is in turnkey condition

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Address: Abbotsford 70 Orwell Road Rathgar Dublin 6
Price: €2,100,000
Agent: Hunters
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Number 70 Orwell Road, a detached, dual-entrance, villa-style Victorian property was purchased by its current owners in 2006 for €2.5 million. In Celtic Tiger style the property, which was in flats at the time was converted back into a family home, with the addition of an impressive double height extension to the rear.

It came to the market in 2009 seeking €2.85 million but never sold and has since been rented.

With floor space extending to 394sq m (4,241sq ft) it is in turnkey condition, despite its renovation almost 11 years ago.

The accommodation is inverted, whereby all the living spaces – with the exception of a study – are located on the upper floor.


In 2007, planning allowed for the front door to be reinstated at hall level – the main entrance at the time was downstairs. This now leads into the main hallway, off which lie three reception rooms and a large kitchen-cum-dining room, which makes for practical living on one level.

Abbotsford: the sittingroom
Abbotsford: the kitchen

Reception rooms

The reception rooms are bright, and have been completely restored – and new fireplaces sit comfortably with the property’s period features. The 14-ft high ceilings add a sense of space and light. A dining area off the kitchen overlooks the study downstairs through a glass mezzanine.

Five double bedrooms are located at garden level, two of which are en suite and two of which share a generous Jack and Jill bathroom. The main bedroom lying to the rear of the property is quiet and has an impressive dressing room. Rooms to the front, however, will have the sound of traffic during rush hour.

The rear garden, laid out with paving and lawn, is circular, and much larger than its neighbour next door; the former home of interior designer Helen Turkington which, at 365sq m (3,900sq ft), sold last year for €2.35million.

Busy thoroughfare

Houses on Orwell Road are always in demand despite the fact that the thoroughfare can be busy. Across the road, at the Marianella development by Cairn Homes, five bed semi-detached homes with 251sq m (2,699sq ft) are selling for more than excess of €1.5 million, and currently two of these properties are listed for rent seeking €6, 000 per month.

Number 70 Orwell Road is detached and has a dual entrance. The interiors are striking with a lovely blend of contemporary and period features. Hunters is seeking €2.1 million for the property.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables