Extended Victorian red-brick
2 Ovoca Road, Portobello €650k
Ovoca Road is in the thick of what used to be called Little Jerusalem in Dublin 8. Back in the late 19th and early 20th century, when much of Portobello was built, it became a thriving community of Jewish refugees fleeing the Russian Empire.
The area was multi-denominational too though. For instance, 2 Ovoca Road was home to a family of Catholics in the 1911 census, and they lived next door to a Baptist couple and their boarders, two of whom described themselves, unusually enough for the time, as agnostic.
Five people were living in 2 Ovoca Road back in those days, which might have been a bit of a tight squeeze.
Since then the place has been extended, so that the floor area is now 1,287 sq ft.
The extension, to an architect's design, provides for an open-plan kitchen and family room at the back, on the lower level. This room has a vaulted ceiling with an apex roof light, and there's a wood-burning stove and a big picture window incorporating double doors to the garden.
Apart from the modern extension, Number 2 is otherwise a classic late Victorian red-brick and has period features to match, including fireplaces and ceiling coving.
At entrance level there's a living room with a wooden floor and an open fire, as well as a study with another fireplace.
One of the two bedrooms is on this level as well, and the other is at garden level, at the front.
There's also a utility room and bathroom downstairs.
The back garden is raised above a patio directly outside the family room. It's sheltered by mature trees and gives pedestrian access to a lane behind the houses (which is kept locked).
The selling agent is Property Partners O'Brien Swaine in Dundrum (01) 298 8508 and the asking price is €650,000.