The expected arrival of the Luas in parts of Dublin 7 is already creating a stir - drawing in investors and starting to raise property values in the same way the electric tram service did when it first reached Dundrum and Tallaght on the Green and Red lines.
In the latter areas, properties in proximity rose in value by as much as 20pc relative to other homes. The Luas effect has been demonstrated in a number of recent surveys including our own How Much Is Your House Worth? 2017 - the house price checker published on Saturday last (now available online on independent.ie)
But all this isn't new. In the late 19th century and the Edwardian era, the electric tram was having the exact same boosting effect on Terenure, previously a sleepy village on the southern outskirts of the capital. It's predecessor, the horse drawn tram, got the ball rolling in 1879 when it became the second only tram service in Dublin.
The launch of the horse-pulled version coincided with the first big mass building in the area, which was then under the civic jurisdiction of the Unionist-run Rathmines township. This service was operated by the Dublin Central Tramways Company. The depot was at Terenure Village. Before long two other companies competed on the route. Importantly, a new steam tram route was launched soon after to take passengers from Terenure to Blessington in Wicklow - generating crossover day trip tourism.
The trams were electrified in 1899 and the following years saw another rash of building in the Terenure area. Many of the elegant red-brick homes owe their existence to the influx of businesses and new residents brought by the trams.
The 16 route was discontinued on May 1939 to be replaced by the 16 bus which still runs through the village.
In 1904, the year after the development of elegant new red-brick homes at Ashfield Park, it was reported that Dublin's electrified tram system was the most technologically advanced in the world.
The new residents of 1903-built homes at Ashfield arrived into a thriving modern town/village in which a genteel attitude was expected. A glance at the original 1903 deeds to No 27 - just placed for sale - reveals that 'offensive, noisy trades, businesses and professions' were forbidden.
These homes - constructed in the era of arts and crafts - represented a crossover into the modern era. Although smaller than their predecessors and more affordable, they were still completed with all the ornate skill sets brought to bear in an age when craft was king. Elaborate brickworking, stained glasswork and eye-catching hand carved detail on brightly patterned marble chimney pieces abounded. The latter would have impressed original resident Margaret Pearse, daughter of one of the city's most elaborate stone and marble craftsmen and sister of Padraig.
In the modern age Terenure has become relatively central and the perfect combination of manageable size and elaborate craftsmanship means two-storey Edwardian residences are in high demand, particularly those which have been modernised and extended while preserving those original crafts features.
Mary and Peter Rigney moved to 27 Ashfield Park in 1994. "We wanted an old Victorian or Edwardian house, within walking distance to the city centre, with one important specification - it wasn't to be overlooked. In many period houses you are looking into someone else's living room or, worse still, their bedroom. This house was ideal, it was full of light, not overlooked and a 10-minute walk to Rathmines," says Mary.
The house was upgraded and extended by the couple in 2008 with the addition of a sun room and home office at the back,. They opened up the attic to produce an additional room, adding about a quarter again to the original accommodation. The result is a home which, despite being a terrace, is actually quite large - stretching to 1,825 sq ft - almost twice the floor space of the modern semi.
A rather interesting touch is the use of large mirrors fitted around the rear patio garden. The reflective panels have the dual affect of making the garden area look far bigger than it is while also helping to reflect light back into the rear of the house.
On top of this, the extension has been configured to provide three courtyard areas, again for dual garden interest and light provision for the indoor spaces.
The entrance hall comes with original cornicing, ceiling rose and tiled floor with stained glass front door.
Off to the left there are two elegant interconnecting reception rooms also with original cornicing and ceiling roses, original wood floors and marble fireplaces. Both chimney pieces have been carved in wine marble with white flashing running through. The front room comes with a bay window to allow vision up and down the street and this runs up to the front bedroom on the first floor.
The original double doors, which have been glazed, link the reception rooms and French doors lead from the second reception room out to one of the courtyards.
At the end of the hall is the fitted kitchen and this leads through to the new extension with its modern dining and sitting room layout. There are tiled floors throughout and underfloor heating is installed.
Upstairs on the return the family bathroom has an eye-catching red and white roll top bath and a multi-jet shower. Beside this room is a separate shower room. This floor contains the three bedrooms, two doubles and a single.
At the top of the house is the attic conversion which could provide a study or den with elevated views.
Ashfield Park is a quiet street close to Terenure Village and its shops and restaurants. Nearby amenities include Bushy Park, Terenure Tennis & Cricket Club. There are also many excellent schools including Terenure College, Templeogue College, Loreto Beaufort, St Mary's, Rathgar Junior and High School and St Pius X and St Joseph's National Schools. Today the nearest electric tram is about 20 minutes walk away at the Luas Cowper stop.
27 Ashfield Park
Terenure, Dublin 6W
Asking price: €800,000
Agent: Felicity Fox (01) 6334431