Tuesday 27 September 2016

Collegiate atmosphere in Blackrock for €695k

Apt 3, Idrone Terrace, Blackrock €625k

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Number 27 Idrone Terrace, once Ladies’ Collegiate School, is now a group of apartments
Number 27 Idrone Terrace, once Ladies’ Collegiate School, is now a group of apartments
The living room bay window makes the most of the sea views.

The 27 houses at Idrone Terrace in Blackrock were built in the mid-19th century by a speculative local doctor, Henry Kavanagh, who gambled that the arrival of the railway would sustain a lucrative market for grand Victorian seaside homes.

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He was right of course. But as it happened, Number 27 - the last house in the terrace - was destined for a much more serious business than accommodating happy holidaymakers.

It became the Ladies' Collegiate School, whose principal, Matilda McPhail, distinguished herself by compiling a history book for junior students in 1895. In the 1901 census there were seven female Church of Ireland pupils in residence, ranging in age from 17 down to a probably rather lonely and frightened 11.

As estate agents are wont to say, they're not making any more beachfront, so the residents of Idrone Terrace are still privileged with the same sort of sea views they've always had. But the occupants of Number 27 are more diverse these days.

It's now converted into apartments, among which Apartment 3 has some of the best views, as it's on the first floor.

It's a two-bed of 833 sq ft, which is a little bigger than the minimum stipulated by environment minister Alan Kelly in his controversial planning guidelines issued last December, which specify a minimum size of 786 sq ft for a two-bedroom apartment.

Both bedrooms have sea views, as does the main living room, once the main drawing room of the house. It has a bay window overlooking the sea, and period features such as a high ceiling and a fireplace. There's a small kitchen, and a shower room shared by both occupants. Outside is a communal garden, and the management fee is €600 a year. The agent is Janet Carroll, (087) 400 2020, and the asking price is €625,000.

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