Grand designs on the rental market
Cambridge Terrace, Ranelagh, Dublin 6 Rent: €5,000 per month
Through good times and bad, Ranelagh never lost its appeal as a renters' haven. Whereas buyers agonise over meeting different needs at different life stages before taking the plunge, renters are simpler folk: transport, amenities, restaurants and shops, near the city and in walk-in condition. For all that, it makes them more demanding, not less.
The location of this attractive property ticks all the boxes. Cambridge Terrace is on the canal side of the village, near Dartmouth Square. These lovely two-storey over-garden red-brick houses were built to house the new middle-classes emerging before the turn of the 20th century. They are larger than the village terraces and despite the street name, aren't terraces at all, but imposing semi-detached homes.
With four double bedrooms and two bathrooms it would suit a family who need to be near to town and want to have everything they need on their doorstep.
Many of its original features have been retained, such as cornicing, coving, sash windows and flooring, which is burnished wood. Internally however, it has been remodelled by Paul Keogh Architects, leaving it in grand order.
On the lower garden level there's a long hallway from the entrance porch, the big family room and inter-connecting kitchen/dining room to the rear which has double doors to the garden with patio; this is west-facing with lots of mature trees and shrubbery, so it's quite private - safe for kids to run about in. There is a utility, WC and shower room at this level also. On the return is a double bedroom which has a fireplace.
On the ground floor are the main reception rooms; inter-connecting drawing and dining rooms. The sash windows are a real feature here because, although they have been replaced, the new versions are full floor-to-ceiling height in sympathetic wood to match the flooring and skirts. They do come with original picture rails, although I'm not sure anybody bothers with the old masters to hang there any more. There's a super bathroom here too. The first floor has the remaining three bedrooms, the master with a walk-in wardrobe.
From the front aspect, the house is reached from a set of granite steps and the compact garden is within railings. There is a side passage for storage and in answer to the question that seasoned Ranelagh residents will propose: yes, a coveted disc parking is in operation for this property.
Ranelagh probably has more eateries per square metre than anywhere else in the country, and good schools abound.
Lease: One year
Enquiries: DNG Gillespie Lowe Lettings (01) 491 1223