Family home with space to grow in upmarket D4
43 Anglesea Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 €1.875m
The vendor of No 43 Anglesea Road has been in residence for 32 years. "I'm part of the road," he jokes. "Shortly after we moved in, we started up the residents' association - and I've been trying to get off it ever since".
As a stalwart of the association over that time, he has seen 'progress' come and go - including the threat of Sean Dunne's 32-storey Celtic Elephant in Ballsbridge which was to have an ice rink and glass pyramids styled on the Louvre in Paris.
"At the time, we brought together all the committees in the area and worked on it. We won the day," he says.
Over the years, there has been a number of other planning issues threatening the fabric of the community. "We got them settled down," he laughs.
Now, though, this defender of Anglesea Road is hanging up his gloves. "It is time to downsize," he says, and so No 43 is on the market at €1.875m.
The five-bed is the only detached house, says the vendor, on his side of the street. But, perhaps, a bigger selling point is the fact that the rear of the Edwardian redbrick looks over the grounds of Merrion Cricket Club, and beyond to Herbert Park.
On a sunny June afternoon, the soundtrack from the southwest facing back garden is of birdsong and leather on willow as the club's junior teams warm up in the nets. The club has played a big part in family life at No 43, and dates from roughly the same period as the house, 1908.
The owner's three children used to play there with their friends, while the vendor himself is a social member which allows him to use the bar of the multi-award-winning new club house designed by TAKA architects. There is rear access to the property through double gates accessed via the grounds. "When we're out the back here," he says, "you'd think we were in the country."
The vendor, however, is more of a rugby man, and has enjoyed many matches at the RDS, home to Leinster Rugby, and the Aviva, while Old Belvedere is just down the road.
When he bought No 43, it was divided into four apartments, so there was a lot of work to be done to return it to a family home. A new roof was put on and the old scullery was replaced with an open-plan kitchen.
There are two adjoining reception rooms on the ground floor, a drawing room and a dining room, both with bay windows, while the latter opens to the rear garden. The large, bright kitchen/breakfast room lies to the back of the house with double doors out to the patio and south-west facing rear garden. There is also a guest loo.
The property comes with a basement that extends to 53sqm and is roughly 2m deep. Many of the neighbours, says the vendor, have excavated theirs further to house a wine cellar, den or cinema, and this is an option for buyers.
There is also considerable potential to extend to the rear. The garden runs to 127ft, and is in lawns, surrounded by mature trees and shrubs and a generous patio area. "We get very good sun here in the afternoon," he says.
The first-floor return comprises a family room, while to the front of the house, there are three double bedrooms. The master has an original fireplace as well as a bay window with views across the street to St Mary's Church. There are two further bedrooms, as well as the family bathroom and a separate loo and a compact study under the eaves. There is plenty of scope to reconfigure bedrooms to add en suites if desired.
There is off-street parking for two cars to the front of the property, and a gate giving side access to the rear.
No 43 is well placed for schools, with both St Michael's and Teresians, where the vendor's own daughters went, just up the road. Gonzaga, Muckross and Sandford colleges are also within walking distance. It is a 10-minute walk to Sandymount Dart station, and there are many bus route options from Ballsbridge to the city centre.
Selling agent Jennifer O'Mahony says the house would suit a variety of buyers. "It's going to appeal to a person who lives internationally and wants a base in Dublin. It's likely, though, to be a family who are in a smaller property in the area and want to move somewhere like this."
Era: Early 1900s
Agent: O'Mahony Property Team (01) 298 3500
Viewing: By appointment only
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