Saturday 16 December 2017

Café society in Dublin 8

23 Emorville Avenue €795k

The open-plan kitchen and dining room with an apex roof light
The open-plan kitchen and dining room with an apex roof light
Number 23 is 1,798 sq ft

Nowadays, Emorville Avenue in Dublin 8 is probably most famous for being the address of Bibi's, one of the trendiest restaurants in the capital. But for a while in the 1870s it was the home of the 11-year-old George William Russell.

Later Russell, under the pseudonym AE, became a poet, essayist and painter and one of the most celebrated men in Dublin in the early 20th century.

Bibi's is at Number 14B and the Russells lived at Number 33.

If you want to participate in the street's fame yourself, you could take up residence at Number 23, which is between the two prominent addresses.

Number 23 is 1,798 sq ft
Number 23 is 1,798 sq ft

It's in the middle of a terrace and has been extended to 1,798 sq ft. The extension has given the house what is arguably its best room - an open-plan kitchen and dining room that is drenched in light from an apex roof light and a set of French doors to the garden.

There are two other reception rooms on the ground floor as well - a family room reached from a couple of steps in the kitchen, and a living room at the front with a wooden floor and a fireplace.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms - all doubles - and a bathroom with a claw-foot bath.

There's a small railed garden out the front, while the west-facing back garden is surrounded by creeper-clad walls and has a deck, a patch of lawn and a solitary ornamental tree.

Parking is on the street out front, but the location of Emorville Avenue is a big temptation to those who don't drive, as it's less than 15 minutes' walk from St Stephen's Green.

Meanwhile Bibi's is almost directly across the street, so you need never again be stuck for a plate of smashed avocado.

Number 23 Emorville Avenue is for sale for €795,000 with DNG Central (01) 679 4088

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