Saturday 21 July 2018

No 304 Clontarf Road: 'Summer days and the livin' is easy'

304 Clontarf Road €925k

Number 304 faces towards the sea
Number 304 faces towards the sea

When 304 Clontarf Road was built, in the first decade of the 20th century, its occupants had an embarrassment of choice when it came to public transport.

There were tramlines on the street in front of the house. So depending on their mood, they could head either in a north-easterly direction, for a windy day out on Howth Head, or south-west towards Clontarf itself, where the new electric tramway would convey them all the way to Nelson's Pillar.

When they wanted to stay put, nearby amenities included the Bull Island, the Clontarf Baths, the Promenade, and the sea itself.

Not all that much has changed today. The tramlines are gone, but the DART from Clontarf station (three kilometres away) will still transport you to either Howth or the city centre, and there's a cycleway to get you there. The Bull Island and the prom are still in place, and even the baths are staging an (admittedly faltering) comeback.

A bay-windowed living room is at the front of the house
A bay-windowed living room is at the front of the house

The house itself is much the same as it was too - an elegant, bay-windowed, three-storey affair facing south-east over the sea. It has had a recent refurbishment but all the box-ticking Edwardian features remain - sash windows, high ceilings, original floors and fireplaces.

It's 2,013 sq ft with five bedrooms. Three are on the first floor, with a bathroom and separate shower room on the return there, and there are two more on the top floor, including one peaceful eyrie with a dormer window and skylight overlooking Dublin Bay.

Back on the ground floor there are two formal reception rooms linked by double doors - a bay-windowed living room at the front, and a dining room behind it, both with fireplaces.

The dual-aspect kitchen is at the back and has French doors to a pretty, 95ft garden where there's a garage offering vehicle access to a lane.

The agent is Savills North Dublin (01) 853 0630 and the price is €925,000.

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