Friday 9 December 2016

Top let: Grand designs on the property market

Published 17/06/2016 | 02:30

The exterior of No52 with its red Georgian door.
The exterior of No52 with its red Georgian door.
The modernised kitchen.
The main hallway.
A reception room with high corniced ceiling.

A survey carried out by a tourist website last summer found a surprising common denominator among visitors as to their favourite thing to see in Dublin. It was the doors.

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The array, colour, size and ornateness took them by surprise and, as natives, we’re guilty of passing by the beautiful Georgian squares Dublin is so famed for, and hardly notice the lovely red-brick properties, with their fancy doors, as we rush to work.

Number 52 Merrion Square East is an ideal example of fine Georgian building. The four-storey over-basement corner property is on the market now as a corporate or executive family let. The price point is indicative of location and quality, and it would be hard to beat either in this case. The leaded fanlight over the imposing front door, set into ornate granite, is a piece of art by itself.

Inside, the main hallway houses the lift to all floors and one large reception room, although you can always take the stairs, which retains the original mahogany spindle.

On the first floor is the drawing room and main kitchen, which has been modernised to a fresh, contemporary look, given most families these days lack the servants our 18th Century ancestors enjoyed. It has a full range of appliances, breakfast bar and separate dining area.

The second floor has the master bedroom, which is ensuite with a dressing area and a utility room. The third has a second bedroom, also ensuite, and a bathroom.

In the lower ground floor, there is a self-contained unit with a bedroom, scullery kitchen, living room and WC, ideal for an au pair or nanny perhaps.  There are two off-street parking spaces to the rear.

Throughout, the echoes of the moneyed past are on display: the high corniced ceilings, heavy panelled doors, marble fireplaces, floor to ceiling shuttered sashed windows and the general spaciousness of grandeur.

Location wise, the property is adjacent to the park which lends its name to the square. Leinster House, the National Gallery, Museum and Library are all on the opposite side of the park. Myriad transport options, including Luas, Dublin Bikes and buses are all in the immediate vicinity.

LEASE:  One year

Enquiries:  JLL (01) 6731600

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