Sunday 24 September 2017

Video: Lansdowne Road home for €2.95m is an Ireland fan's dream

This house at Lansdowne Road, Ballsbridge is near a range of top eateries and the Aviva

Katy McGuinness

Number 20 Lansdowne Road is one of the grand, red-brick, three- storey-over-garden-level, semi-detached Victorian houses opposite the Clyde Court Hotel, formerly the Berkeley Court. The house was built about 150 years ago and a large flat-roofed two-storey extension to the rear was added within the last 15 years. In total, No 20 has 3,778 sq ft of living space.

To the front, the gated garden has been cobble-locked and there is parking for two cars. The front garden of the neighbouring property, No 18, is a mirror image. Access to the house is either directly into the garden level, or up a steep flight of granite steps to the front door.

At garden level, the entrance porch leads into the front reception room, with teak parquet flooring and exposed brick walls and fire-breast. The room is currently used as a dining room and has a wood-burning stove. The reception room to the rear has the same exposed brick finish and is configured as a drawing room, with double doors opening out onto the garden. These two comfortable rooms look conducive to late night gatherings that could go on well into the early hours, fuelled by music, talk and plenty of red wine.

At this level, the extension to the rear is taken up with a kitchen/breakfast, utility and dining/sun room. Although not built that long ago, these rooms feel dated and do not provide the open-plan flow of space that new owners will probably require.

Directly above, on the upper storey of the extension (the return between the garden and hall levels), is a guest bedroom that overlooks the back garden through an incongruous leaded bay window. The neighbouring house, No 18, has an apparently identical extension. There is also an en-suite bathroom and a storeroom, which could be used as a dressing room, on the return.

The main entrance hall and the two principal reception rooms at hall level have wonderful original plasterwork, with ornate centre roses and egg and dart coving. Linked by original double doors, both reception rooms have marble fireplaces, although these are not matching, and working shutters.

The reception room at No 20 Lansdowne Road is currently used as a dining room
The reception room at No 20 Lansdowne Road is currently used as a dining room
No 20 Lansdowne Road's bathroom
The master bedroom suite of No 20 Lansdowne Road, which occupies the entire first floor of the house
The entrance hallway at No 20 Lansdowne Road
The kitchen/breakfast room at No 20 Lansdowne Road
The main entrance into No 20 Lansdowne Road

The sanded hardwood floors are original. Unusually, throughout the house, the original doors and architraves have not been painted so there is more wood exposed than is currently the norm in restored period houses. This is, of course, a matter of individual taste. The master bedroom suite occupies the entire first floor of the house. The bedroom is situated to the front, while the adjoining bathroom - with fittings that new owners will probably want to replace - overlooks the back garden.

Up on the second floor there are three further bedrooms, two doubles and a single. These share a shower room located on the landing, up a short flight of steps.

Outside, a patio accessed from three different places at ground-floor level leads to a landscaped 120ft garden, bordered by the original stone walls, with vehicular access on to Lansdowne Park to the rear. Both neighbouring gardens have mews buildings, and new owners may want to explore the potential for a similar development in the garden of No 20, subject to planning permission.

Until the company debunked to the Watermarque Building at the junction of South Lotts Road and Bridge Street, part of 20 Lansdowne Road was used as the Dublin office of airbnb. There are traces of the former tenants around the house, which is being sold by a receiver and is in need of a little TLC.

The D4 location is absolutely prime, with the adjacent DART station facilitating access to all the schools located along the line including St Andrew's, Blackrock College and Holy Child School, Killiney.

The city centre is within walking distance, but there are good public transport links too and the airport is about 20 minutes away, thanks to the Port Tunnel.

Local restaurants include the ever popular Roly's, and The French Paradox on nearby Shelbourne Road, while Ballsbridge village is thronged with pubs including its most recent and trendiest addition, The Bridge, owned by a group of Leinster rugby players that includes Rob and Dave Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip. The nearest supermarket is at The Merrion Centre.

Herbert Park is where all the local pooches hang out of a morning if they're not taking the sea air at Sandymount Strand. And, of course, the Aviva Stadium could not be closer. For rugby fans, this proximity will hold great appeal. Others will have to decide whether the throngs of match-day crowds will be tolerable.

A similar house on the road, No 30, has been recently refurbished and is on the market for €3.25m. Potential purchasers in the market for a substantial house with a prestigious D4 address will want to look at both for the sake of comparison.

20 Lansdowne Road  Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Asking price: €2.95m

Agent: Savills (01) 6634300

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