It's been a very long time since we've seen a set of 'villa' style houses constructed in Dublin 6 - probably about 130 years in fact.
The 'villa' design originated on the outskirts of London in the 18th century where the tall city terraces met the detached two storey homes of the country.
Villas are much like a Georgian style two, three or four storey over basement but with just a single storey over the lower ground level. They were seen as a compromise between city and country designs and were usually constructed in pairs adjoining - resulting in the first modern semi-detached house format.
They are generally found in Dublin in parts which were on the cusp of the countryside when they were first built in the 19th century, though, as with other cities, development has long ago passed them by. As a result, most of these 'country' style homes are now located quite centrally.
Each of the two homes at Dartry Lodge has a substantial open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room/conservatory with a porcelain Marfil tile flooring
When Dartry in Dublin 6 was first developed in the late 1800s, it was the 'end of the line' before the countryside and, indeed, the old tram depot which marked the last stop of Dublin's public transport is still located here.
Last year, a back garden site attached to an old lodge was sold here with planning permission for two homes. Initially designed by two city practices as wholly contemporary style houses, the new owner opted to have another set of designs produced by Ferreira Architects - in a style more familiar with residents of the area.
The result is two identical and conjoining twins laid out in a 'villa' style the Victorians would be familiar with, but with wholly-modern facilities and construction.
Dartry is one of Dublin's most sought after trophy home locations and Temple Road, Dublin's third most prestigious stretch after Ailesbury and Shrewsbury Roads in D4, is located 150 yards away from the two houses which were finished just before Christmas.
At just over 2,000 sq ft each, both of these four-bedroom houses have been placed on the market for €1.2m apiece or €2.4m for the pair.
While they are likely to sell separately, there may be interest from buyers who fancy housing elderly parents next door or who like the idea of having an easily scrutable high-end investment property for rental in close proximity.
With some work added, the two properties could also be opened up into one very large 4,000 sq ft-plus, eight-bedroom residence.
Villa style should suit those trading down from full sized Georgian/Victorians in the area, in particular those of Rathgar, Palmerston and Rathmines, some of which can sell for around €2m. These owners will already be familiar with the layouts from their own lower two floors and front entrances.
One advantage over their elder predecessors is that they are far better insulated - both homes carry a high end A3 BER.
There's also far more light thanks to a mirrored design, which focuses around a central courtyard for key double-aspect rooms, and an emphasis on plenty of overhead lighting coming in from the roof.
The left-hand house is being offered for sale initially and this also comes fully furnished for the asking price.
You walk up the steps through the front door to a wide entrance hall which comes with a high gloss Marfil Porcelain tiled floor, and lighting comes from overhead spots and sky lighting.
The living room is entered via double French doors. This is dual-aspect with windows at both ends and overhead. It comes with a Tenbury wood stove, a black polished granite surround and a cream stone mantel.
The hall leads to the home's strongest feature - the open-plan living, kitchen, dining area. This has high vaulted and angled ceilings and are triple aspect, allowing maximum light to flood throughout.
Patio doors are off the dining area, which looks into the rear garden.
The kitchen by FitzGerald includes polished stone tops, a Leisure double oven with five-ring hob, a hot plate and integrated extractor.
There's a utility room located off it and the property also has a boot room and a guest wc with stone-cut tiling. At lower ground level, there are four double bedrooms. The master bedroom has a particularly large ensuite shower room, as well as a separate dressing room. There's access to a private courtyard to the front of the property and a second internal courtyard shared with the other bedrooms. Down the corridor, three additional double bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.
Outside, the properties have south-west facing back gardens and to the front are designated car parking spaces. The properties are located off Dartry Road, a few minutes walk from the Luas at Cowper. Rathmines, Rathgar, Ranelagh are all proximate.