Seaside dream in Blackrock could be yours for €1.3m
Princely terrace by Dublin seaside awaits a new owner
Published 16/09/2016 | 02:30
The first occupants of Prince Edward Terrace (Lower) likely rued the day their scheme was named after Prince Albert Edward - later Edward VII. 'Bertie' was born in November 1841 just before the grand three-storey homes at Carysfort Avenue got underway.
Back then, the good burghers of Blackrock in Co Dublin were in the habit of imitating those of the British royal family. Blackrock's expansion was itself attributable to a massive outbreak of royal facsimile.
Queen Victoria, on the advice of doctors, began taking her children to the seaside; to a private beach at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to collect shells, paint landscapes, bathe and generally get away from the unwashed.
The move kicked off a scramble for seaside excursions, holidays and second seaside homes all over Britain and Ireland in the 1840s as upper-crust city dwellers used the arrival of the train to source and access their own bolt holes by the sea. In Britain, it caused the development of Blackpool and Margate, while, here, society's seaward Dubliners flocked first to Blackrock.
Bertie's parenting was similarly scrutinised and aped. When Victoria decked the toddler out in a sailor's outfit, high society became awash with pint-sized salts. And so on it went - until Bertie hit 19 and was despatched to Ireland to the military camp at The Curragh to toughen him up.
From here, it all went downhill.
In Kildare, Bertie took up drinking, smoking and gambling with his new Irish mates and lost his virginity to Nellie Cliften, one of The Curragh's 'wrens' - ladies of ill repute who lived in the furze bushes. The global scandal that ensued caused Bertie (engaged to a Danish Princess) to be recalled to Britain to go for a long walk (in the rain) with his father, Prince Albert, who got sick and died shortly afterwards. The Queen blamed it on Bertie whom she banished from her for the rest of her years - all 40 of them spent wearing the black of mourning.
Hung for both a sheep and a lamb, the by now 20-year-old Bertie went off the rails completely and launched himself into the life of a rake: throwing up one outrageous public scandal after the next, to shock society in increasing measure.
Blackrock might long ago have lost its royal aspirations (even if street names carry the reminder) but it has retained its high city society cache and is also the location of some of the State's most prestigious school. The train tracks still play their part in keeping the suburb popular for Luas-using city centre-based professionals.
Unlike many period homes in the area which spent time in flats, the mid-terrace at No15 still has its Victorian features - covings, ceiling roses, marble fireplace surrounds, floorboards and fold-out window shutters.
The drawing room has a marble inset fireplace with a black slate inset. Double doors lead to the dining room, with a black marble fireplace surround. There's a study at this level with double doors outside to a raised deck area. The master bedroom has views across Carysfort Park. Meantime, there's a living room running the width of the property at garden level with the kitchen and breakfast room, the heart of which is a stout Rayburn cooker. A sun room has double doors to the garden. There's a shower room and utility room. A total of 2,788 sq ft overall means this property is more than twice the size of an average city family home. Blackrock Village has a range of trendy pubs, eateries and boutique shops, and at the weekends there's the famous Blackrock Market. For schools, there's a choice of Carysfort National, Willow Park/Blackrock College, St Andrews and nearby Loreto in Foxrock. Savills seeks €1.295m.
15 Prince Edward Terrace Lower
Blackrock, Co Dublin
Asking price: €1.295m
Agent: Savills (01) 6634300