Redbrick by the canal for €950,000

Six-bedroom period property in Grove Park, Rathmines, faces on to the canal


Grove Park is a little-known street that connects Lower Rathmines Road with Grove Road, the thoroughfare that runs parallel to the Grand Canal in Dublin. Its landmark building is the fantastically ornate brick and terracotta Queen Anne-style house that William Isaac Chambers designed for himself in 1882.

It features a variety of properties that would have all originally been subdivided into flats, for this was once flatland heartland. Several houses on the one-way street have since been converted back into family homes.

 Number 12 is a two-storey-over-basement redbrick at the canal end of the street whose rear faces Grove Road and the Grand Canal.

It was in flats originally when the three sisters who have lived here for 30 years bought it coincidentally enough from another trio of sisters. At hall level the property has two good-size interconnecting rooms with cast-iron fireplaces and sash windows that fill the rooms with light. Across the hall is the kitchen, more usually installed at garden level.

In this house the garden level is laid out as three double bedrooms; its layout might suit three generations of one family – or the garden level could be turned into a self-contained flat, as the owners of several neighbouring houses have done. On the first floor are three good-size bedrooms. The back bedroom has a view of the canal.

 This is a house with good proportions but very little storage. It has been given fresh coats of paint, but with a G Ber rating it needs a serious insulation upgrade.

Measuring 232sq m (2,503sq ft), it is sizeable and has been staged for sale.

The north-facing paved rear has pedestrian access.

Number 32 Grove Park, a two-storey terraced house in bedsits, sold earlier this year for €700,000 through agents Hunters. Number 85, a four-bedroom bay-fronted terraced house, sold last July for €805,000. In August 2014 number 78, a three-bedroom property, sold for €500,000. Number 46, a four-bedroom detached house, sold a month earlier for €517,000.