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Upper Drumcondra Road, Rent: €4,000 per month

Published 04/09/2015 | 02:30

The kitchen/diner has been remodelled and extended
The kitchen/diner has been remodelled and extended
The exterior of Upper Drumcondra
The 50ft garden of the property in Upper Drumcondra
The living room with tri-panelled bay window

Few places showcase the Victorian red-brick better than Drumcondra on Dublin's northside. The neat rows of terraces, with jutting bay windows, fanlights and slate roofs attest to another age - when horses clopped along the cobblestones and washerwomen gathered in their linens.

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This property, for let on Upper Drumcondra Road, has been maintained in the original style - with some nods to modernity. This will appease those a little jaded by floor to ceiling glass walls and stainless steel abutments.

Instead, you'll find a comfortable, pleasant family home ready for occupation. The urge to knock down walls and add massive cube extensions has been resisted in the remodelling of this mid-terrace house.

However, the quality details which have been updated don't jar with the internal plaster work, cast iron original fireplaces and architrave. Paint has been finished in heritage colours.

Agent Tracy Earls says: "The property is very likely to suit a family relocating to Dublin from overseas, an executive requiring good access to both the city centre and the airport, or a family that have recently sold in the area, and are looking to rent before purchasing again in the future."

It can be let fully, partly or un-furnished, but if it were me, I'd be taking it lock, stock and barrel as the squishy sofas, country-style kitchen (with range) and sturdy mahogany beds give it back its original features.

Accessed via a short, tiled path up a couple of granite steps, the double front door leads into a long hallway; floors are polished dark wood throughout with a runner up the open spindle staircase.

The kitchen/diner has been remodelled and extended and there is an atrium skylight. It leads to the rear garden which extends to 50ft and has a paved patio area and split level, low maintenance garden, with raised beds and plenty of shrubbery.

There is a full range of appliances from Miele and Liebherr and underfloor heating has been fitted. There is a guest WC off this room.

There are two inter-locking reception rooms. One is currently as an office, but could be reconverted to the original dining room it was.

There is a large drawing room to the front, with one of the tri-panelled bay windows (the other is in the master bedroom). There is a marble mantel with cast iron fireplace here and sympathetic furnishings.

Upstairs are four double bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes and storage. The master bedroom is ensuite with a double shower unit and underfloor heating. The second double is also ensuite, and there are two additional double rooms and main family bathroom.

There is secure parking for two vehicles to the rear behind electronic shutters. There is also free on-street parking for visitors (surely one of the last remaining city locations where traffic wardens don't ply their dubious trade).

The property is within walking distance to the city centre, but Drumcondra Village itself has grown to quite the artisan quarter in recent years, and so shops, cafes and restaurants abound.

Lease: One year

Enquiries: Borgman Earls Lettings (01) 662 5931

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