A bed of roses in Blackrock for €1.875m
11 Mount Merrion Avenue, €1.875m
According to the census, in 1911, Number 11 Mount Merrion Avenue in Blackrock was home to a master bedstead-maker named John Hilton, his wife, their two children and a 19-year-old domestic servant.
Bedstead-making must have been quite a lucrative business in those days. In one Victorian account, a bedstead-maker boasted that he could earn, by hard work, 50 shillings, adding, "I have heard men brag in a public house that they could make more than 60 shillings".
Still, Hilton would probably need to sell a great many bedsteads if he were to hope to buy back his house today. It's on the market for €1,875,000 with Lisney, Leeson Street, (01) 638 2700. Number 11 has been extended, of course, since Hilton's time, and now stands at 2,990 sq ft on three floors.
The extension accommodates a kitchen and family room at garden level. The kitchen has floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the back garden, a marble floor, solid walnut cabinets with marble countertops, and a centre island with a breakfast bar. The family room also has floor-to-ceiling windows and folding doors to the garden.
Also at garden level are two bedrooms, both with en-suite showers, a utility room and a guest toilet. The other three bedrooms, including the en-suite master, are at the top of the house.
At the front, there's a flight of granite steps leading up to the fanlit door. Inside, at hall level, are two reception rooms either side of the hallway - a drawing room to the right and a dining room to the left, both dual-aspect and with marble fireplaces. On the first-floor return is a study.
There's no off-street parking in the formal front garden, but you can park out the back, where there's a garage and parking spaces at the end of the lawned garden.