Glasnevin home gutted and refurbished now on the market for €1.3m
This 1925-built Glasnevin home was gutted and refurbished 10 years ago
The Battle of Glasnevin mightn't have the same ring to it as the Battle of Clontarf, but some of the most intense fighting took place in the Dublin 9 location around what is currently still called the 'Bloody Acre' in Glasnevin.
Brian Boru kicked off his advance across the Tolka from Glasnevin and it is thought that the great king may have even died on the Dublin 9 side of the river.
Glasnevin has plenty of history, as testified to by the wonderful cemetery which offers a "who's who" of Irish history walk and it has become a renowned tourist attraction. But the first proper settlement here was organised by Saint Mobhi in the sixth century when he set up a monastery at Glasnevin before his death in 544. The monastery is reputed to have been attended by St Colman and St Columba of Iona.
When the Irish State was founded in 1922 there was a clamour to repudiate naming new roads after absent British landlords or heroes of the Empire, as had been the norm, and instead look for names with a more locally rooted and native ethos.
And so it was in the 1920s that the new red-brick homes being built around here began to carry names associated with the ancient monastery. There's Iona Road for example, but the main man St Mobhi had a few named after him.
One of these is St Mobhi Drive where an extended 1925-built home is being offered for sale at Number 5 for €1.3m.
Owned by the same family for more than 20 years, it was decided in 2006 to address a faulty old extension at the back which, when investigated, proved to have no foundations. When it emerged that it would have to be torn down, the family decided they might as well be hung for a sheep as for a lamb and spend large not only on replacing the extension but by gutting and refurbishing the entire house.
This refurbishment included new electrics, a replumb, new floors and the installation of underfloor heating, the replacement of the kitchen and, of course, the new extension itself, which now provides part of a very large modern kitchen/dining facility. A key component of the work was the complete reworking of the entrance hall to allow more light in and to replace the existing staircase with a swish modern version.
The refurbishment left the five-bedroom house with additional accommodation which stretched it to 2,583 sq ft - just over twice the size of the average family semi.
The living room comes with a bay window with a south facing aspect overlooking the front garden, there's a natural stone finish fireplace and double doors leading to the front conservatory which has high ceilings and French doors out to the rear garden.
There's a second main reception room at this level but most attractive is the large open-plan kitchen and breakfast room extension with cream floor tiles and units which include a long stand-alone unit that houses the cooker.
On the first floor there are four double bedrooms, with two of them en-suite. The master bedroom also has the added advantage of a walk-in wardrobe with attic access and Stira stairs. The other two rooms have a tiled family bathroom on this level with the added advantage of a power shower. A smaller room on this level is currently a large storage unit and hot press. Bedroom five is the private attic double room and access is enjoyed from the landing and it also offers more storage space for the growing family.
A landscaped front garden is bordered by high hedging and mature trees affording privacy from the road. There's a combination of gravel paths, buxus planting and low shrubbery, while gated side access leads to the walled rear garden with a lawn and two patio areas for dining out on fine evenings. The rear garden also has the benefit of a purpose-built playroom with rear pedestrian access to a spacious storage area for gardening materials.
St Mobhi Drive is tucked away off Glasnevin Hill and St Mobhi Road near a vibrant cafe and restaurant hub. The Botanic Gardens, Croke Park stadium, DCU, the Bons Secours Hospital and the Tolka Park are a few minutes walk away.
There is a quality bus corridor which operates along St Mobhi Road providing an efficient link to the city centre and Dublin Airport, the M1 and M50 motorways are all within a short drive.
Nearby, there is an abundance of primary and secondary schools, Na Fianna GAA club and a wonderful selection of local shops on your doorstep or in the immediate vicinity.
The property is on offer from Movehome.ie which is seeking €1.3m.
5 St Mobhi Drive
Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Asking price: €1.3m
Agent: Movehome.ie (01) 8867090