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A home with 19th century leanings in Terenure for €495k

2 Westbourne House, Terenure €495k

Published 28/08/2015 | 00:00

The two-bedroom townhouse offers a generous 1,150 sq ft of accommodation
The two-bedroom townhouse offers a generous 1,150 sq ft of accommodation
The living room is dual aspect and features the original fireplace

In a past life, Westbourne House in Terenure was a pleasant and comfortable early 19th century residence on its own significant grounds overlooking the River Dodder.

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For many years, it was the home of Frederick Franklin, an architect and surveyor for the Board of Works. When Frederick died in 1905, his obituary described him as "a kindly, pleasant, courteous old gentleman", and no doubt the agreeable surroundings of Westbourne House were conducive to maintaining that good humour.

Those surroundings have changed utterly since his time. The house now faces directly onto the relatively new street that is Westbourne Road, off Rathfarnham Road in Dublin 6W. More recent houses have been built across the street, blocking its view of the river, and the house itself has been divided into two separate properties.

Number 2 Westbourne House is described as a two-bedroom townhouse, though it's a generous enough size at 1,150 sq ft. And it still has period features including 12ft high ceilings with coving, sash windows with shutters, wood floors and a basement. However, the heating and electrics have been brought into line with modern standards.

The main room on the ground floor is a dual-aspect living room measuring 25ft by 14ft, with the original fireplace. Off this room is the kitchen and dining room, which measures 13ft by 12ft. There's a flight of stairs here leading down to the basement, which might be used as a utility room, and there's also a guest toilet off the hallway.

The first floor has the two bedrooms, one en suite, as well as the main bathroom, and the property comes with one designated parking space.

Number 2 Westbourne House is for sale with DNG Terenure, (01) 490 9000, and the asking price is €495,000.

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