Royal treatment in Dun Laoghaire
7 Royal Terrace East €1.295m
Despite its stately appearance, Royal Terrace in Dun Laoghaire must have rung loud with the sounds of children for more than a century.
The 'Cottage Home for Little Children' was built at Tivoli Road, where it backs onto Royal Terrace, in the late 19th century. The purpose-built orphanage catered for up to 50 boys and girls aged under six, whose parents were unable to look after them.
The terrace itself predated the orphanage by decades. Royal Terrace West was begun in 1859, and Royal Terrace East followed later, bit by bit. On both sides the houses overlook the central square, which is surrounded by railings and laid out with paths and trees.
Number 7 Royal Terrace East is one of the early arrivals on that side of the square, and it's an elegant bay-windowed house on two storeys with a raised basement.
It's 3,186 sq ft in size and that includes an apartment at basement level. The selling agents suggest that could be used for extra income or co-opted into the living space upstairs. The apartment consists of an open-plan living room, dining room and kitchen with a wood-burning stove, and two bedrooms (one en-suite).
Upstairs at entrance level there's a drawing room left of the hall, with double doors leading to a kitchen behind it. There's also a bedroom on this floor.
Up on the first floor there are two more reception rooms - one a living room with an exposed brick wall and a wood-burning stove, and the other a dining room. The first floor also has two more bedrooms, and there's another bedroom on the floor above.
The back garden is 42ft long with a lawn and flowerbeds, and there's a separate courtyard garden for the apartment.
Number 7 Royal Terrace East is for sale for €1.295m with Sherry FitzGerald Dun Laoghaire (01) 284 4422.