Impressively built period home in Glasnevin on the market for €750k
Period home bears detailed hallmarks of its renowned builder
Along with Crampton and Stringer, Strain is one of those names that conveys reassurance when it comes to house builders in Dublin. There's something comforting and solid about it, the construction equivalent of shepherd's pie and apple crumble on a cold winter's day.
Alexander Strain came from Armagh, and is associated with the building of quality, mainly semi-detached, houses on Dublin's northside, many of them in Drumcondra and Glasnevin, in the first three decades of the 20th Century.
Strain himself occupied some of the houses he built, living variously in properties on Iona Park, Drive and Road, before retiring to the Cremore Estate, just around the corner from Dinarth. The developer was as solid a citizen as the houses he built: a pillar of the Presbyterian church, on the board of Drumcondra Hospital, and with a reputation for being a good employer, taking care of his workers and their families if they fell ill or behind with repayments.
Strain did not stint when it came to detail, so many of his houses bear his hallmarks of stained glass, ceiling coving, cornicing, and bay windows. Dinarth has all of these, as well as pretty decorative tiling in the entrance porch and cast iron fireplaces in the reception rooms.
Strain built Dinarth around 1930, and the house was purchased by the current owners in 1991. Now that their family is grown, they are down-sizing. The house underwent a full refurbishment 25 years ago, and has since been extended twice - to the back 17 years ago, and again to the side 12 years ago. Dinarth now has 1,787 sq ft of living space spread over three floors, including the attic.
The owners redecorated from top to bottom two years ago, and have also landscaped the front and rear gardens. It is now presented in turnkey condition, something that attracts a premium these days as many buyers are having to use funds that they might otherwise have earmarked for refurbishment for the deposit required under the new mortgage lending rules.
Set well back from the Old Finglas Road, Dinarth has off-street parking on the driveway for several cars, another advantage as many of the properties on the surrounding roads offer only on-street parking.
The front garden is immaculately manicured, with intricate and well-established box hedging, and there is separate pedestrian access to the front door, as well as side access to the back garden.
The entrance hallway has polished wooden floors and an attractive period-style radiator. To the left are the interconnecting reception rooms - the drawing room to the front, which faces south, and the dining room to the rear. The two rooms are connected by sliding double doors, and the dining room in turn has double doors into the kitchen. Both reception rooms have timber floors, cast iron fireplaces and antique-style radiators.
The kitchen/breakfast room is a large L-shaped space with three Velux windows and a vaulted ceiling. Floored in Chinese slate, the room has French-style units painted in a fashionable neutral palette, with granite worktops. A Rangemaster gas hob and oven are included in the sale.
There's a separate utility room and a guest lavatory tucked away off the kitchen, on the way to the sun lounge overlooking the back garden. Here there is a wood-burning stove to keep the room cosy and make it usable all year round.
Up on the return is the main bathroom, which was formerly a bedroom. It is a luxuriously-sized and recently refurbished room, with an antique-style roll top bath and corner shower.
At first floor level there are three bedrooms, two to the front and one to the rear. The master bedroom has fitted wardrobes. In the attic there is another room with a Velux roof light and under-eaves storage that is currently used as a fourth bedroom.
The 70ft back garden has two sandstone-paved patio areas positioned to catch the sun at different times of the day, and is laid out in lawn with raised beds and a rockery. There is also a detached garage to the side, currently used for storage but could perhaps be redeployed.
Location-wise, Dinarth is handy for the Bons Secours Hospital, the Met Office and the lovely Botanic Gardens. There's a QBC into the city centre and Drumcondra train station is a short clip down the road.
Local schools include St Vincent's and St Aidan's for boys, and St Brigid's, St Mary's, the Dominican College on Griffith Avenue, and Maryfield for girls. The Glasnevin Educate Together school is opening in September 2016 in All Hallows, Drumcondra.
For sporting types, na Fianna, Tolka Rovers and Glasnevin Tennis Club are all busy clubs, while The Washerwoman and the two branches of Anderson's are where the locals head for a good feed.
34 Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
Asking price: €750,000
Agent: Lisney, (01) 8840 700