Strain for perfection in Glasnevin
6 Iona Drive €925k
Alexander Strain is regarded as something of a hero these days - especially by homeowners who've had to live with some of the shoddy building practices that prevailed in Ireland in recent decades.
Strain built swathes of middle-class houses all over Dublin's northside in the early 20th century - all still admired for the sheer excellence of the builder's craftsmanship.
Among them is Number 6 Iona Drive in Dublin 9. Built around 1905, it still has its impressive period features such as an open-string staircase, high ceilings with decorative plasterwork, original fireplaces and elegant bay windows with stained glass.
The house has been refurbished and extended since Strain's day, and now has a converted attic and a conservatory. The floor area has been boosted to 2,131 sq ft, with five bedrooms. One of these is on the first-floor return, along with a bathroom, and it has a fireplace. The other three are on the first floor proper, including the master bedroom which has a bay window, original fireplace and en-suite with a double shower. The skylit attic room is used as a fifth en-suite bedroom.
Back on the ground floor can be found the two formal reception rooms typical of houses from this era. To the front is a bay-windowed living room with the original fireplace. This opens through double pocket doors into a dining room with another original fireplace.
Double French doors in leaded glass open from the dining room to the conservatory, done in cedarwood and brick, and from there you can reach the garden through double patio doors.
There's a railed garden out the front, with a small lawn and flower beds. The back garden has a curved lawn and a sandstone patio, and at the end of it is a garden room with double-glazed windows and a tiled roof.
The agent is DNG Phibsboro (01) 830 0989 and the asking price is €925,000.