Hollybrook Road takes its name from a stream known as Holy Brook which ran through where the Garda station is now located in Clontarf. Number 3, a fine Victorian property, has the benefit of five bedrooms – which are all part of the original structure as the house has two returns.
“When we moved here 40 years ago, there were no children on the road – it was all elderly couples – but in the last 15 years it is all young families moving here,” says the current owner.
The house, dating from the 1890s, has all the hallmarks of a Victorian property, with high ceilings, large bay windows, original fireplaces and decorative plasterwork.
The current owner stripped all the paint from the windows, doors and architraves, so they are in perfect condition for a repaint if desired.
To the rear lies a kitchen with a Stanley range set into what was the old fireplace, and a sun room which opens out on to an Indian sandstone patio.
The property has a west- facing garden filled with peony roses and camellia, and an arch of clematis leads to a garage with off-street parking for two cars.
Five bedrooms lie upstairs over two levels. The master is a mirror of the drawingroom downstairs and features an open fireplace and large bay windows flood the east-facing room with morning light. Flooring is stripped pine which has developed a lovely honeyed patina.
As the smallest bedroom lies adjacent, new owners could create an even larger master bedroom by removing the dividing wall – as other houses on the road have done – and still have four fine-sized bedrooms.
The 190sq m house has two bathrooms – both on the returns.
While the property is in fine condition, new owners will want to make some cosmetic changes such as updating the kitchen and bathrooms and perhaps removing the sink from the second bedroom.
Houses on Hollybrook Road seldom come to the market and when they do they command high prices.
Only nine houses have sold here since 2010. The last was number 9, which sold for €1.215 million in 2014.
Number 3 is for sale through Beirne & Wise with an asking price of €950,000.