Saturday 27 December 2014

Young at heart in Crosthwaite in Dun Laoghaire

Published 20/06/2014 | 02:30

20 Crosthwaite Park East
Roran, Terryglass
Number 18 Harcourt Terrace

AN unmarried lady named Clara Plunkett lived at 20 Crosthwaite Park East in Dun Laoghaire over 100 years ago.

She gave her age as 45 in the 1901 census, but strangely enough 10 years later in the 1911 census, she was only 50. Perhaps the house, a Victorian two-storey-over-basement overlooking the park at the front and the sea at the back, was keeping her youthful.

The house is sorely in need of love nowadays. It has 3,197 square feet of floor space, including six bedrooms and two reception rooms. The dining room, drawing room and kitchen are at hall level. On upper floors are four bedrooms and a study that could become a bathroom.

At garden level is a separate living area including sitting room, kitchen and two bedrooms.

The house is on the market  for €950,000 through DNG Rock Road (01 283 2900).

Norse facing in Terryglass

The Viking leader Turgesius invaded Terryglass, Co Tipperary, in the ninth century. Reports say he got his comeuppance a couple of years later when he was drowned in Lough Owel.

Nowadays, though, the village is more likely to be invaded by holidaymakers taking advantage of its location on the shores of Lough Derg.

At Roran, Terryglass, is a small three-bedroom cottage, but as it is on a one-acre site, there's scope to extend it. The front door leads you directly into a lounge with a solid fuel stove and a curved, riserless stairs lead up to an attic room.

There's also kitchen/dining room with a vaulted cottage ceiling and glass doors leading to a patio, which has a hot tub.

Olivers Estate Agents in Sandyford (01 260 3496) is handling the sale for €125,000.

Safety first

Over its history, Harcourt Terrace in Dublin 2 has been an unusually safe place for women. The neighbourhood once housed a home for aged governesses, a home for aged females, and later, the first Women's Aid refuge. Until 2012, there was also a garda station on the street.

Number 18 Harcourt Terrace is three doors down from the former garda station. It's a pre-63 building divided into seven flats – four of them bedsits – amounting to 1,905 square feet of accommodation.

It could be converted back into a city centre family home, but even without doing that, it will require refurbishment. It's not on Dublin city council's list of protected structures.

Savills Central Dublin (01 663 4300) is handling the sale for €845,000.

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