Sunday 25 August 2019

Peek inside this fully refurbished Edwardian home in D4 - complete with Aga range and sash windows

Smart redbrick in a neighbourhood that reflects centuries of architecture

One of the two interconnecting reception rooms leads into the open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room at the back
One of the two interconnecting reception rooms leads into the open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room at the back
One of the three bedrooms
The sitting area in the open-plan kitchen/dining room in the rear extension
Drawing room with bay window
The entrance hall with distinctive stained glass front door
The landing

Eithne Tynan

If you're a student of architecture - or indeed of time travel - you can learn a lot by going for a stroll along St John's Road in Sandymount, Dublin 4.

There's a Victorian-era terrace on the southern side of the street, an Edwardian terrace on the northern side, and various modern apartment buildings on both sides.

At the eastern end of the street, where it joins Strand Road, is Sandymount Martello tower (Georgian era, 1804). And at the western, Park Avenue end is the Church of St John the Evangelist, built in 1850 in the form of a replica 13th century Norman church.

On the whole, St John's Road might be described as your at-a-glance guide to several centuries of Dublin architecture.

One of the three bedrooms
One of the three bedrooms

The entire area used to be part of the estate of the Earl of Pembroke, and indeed there is still a pew reserved for the earl in St John's church. The current (18th) earl, William Herbert, lives in Wiltshire but, you never know, he might decide to swing by some day in his Bugatti Veyron, so better not perch in his pew just in case.

If you want to compete with the earl and acquire a Veyron of your own, there happens to be one for sale in Galway at present for €1,768,000.

Alternatively you could use the money to acquire a nice house at St John's Road and still have a cool €618,000 left over, which is easily enough for a Ferrari instead.

At Number 19 St John's Road you'll even find a secure place to park it. At the end of the back garden there's an electronic vehicle gate opening to a rear lane, so you can drive your supercar in to safety.

Number 19 is part of the south-facing Edwardian terrace, and is a handsome, sedate redbrick house with bay windows.

It has authentic period features, including high ceilings with cornicing, sash windows, and fireplaces in the bedrooms. However, it has been fully refurbished and is shipshape inside, so it's wearing its age extremely well.

Drawing room with bay window
Drawing room with bay window

It measures a relatively modest 1,432 sq ft in total which includes three upstairs bedrooms - two wood-floored doubles with fireplaces, and one single bedroom at the front, which would make a nice study if you didn't need the extra sleeping accommodation.

On the ground floor there are two formal, interconnected reception rooms as well as an open-plan kitchen, dining room and living room in an extension at the back.

The first reception is a drawing room at the front of the house, measuring roughly 13ft square and with a bay window. There are folding doors leading from there into the second reception room - a 13ft by 12ft sitting room with a fireplace.

More double doors lead from there into the kitchen and living room. This means that by throwing open all the doors, you can make a huge, L-shaped space for parties.

There's a guest toilet under the stairs, with the main bathroom and wetroom to be found upstairs on the return level.

The kitchen has an Aga range and a cluster of sash windows overlooking the back garden, and the living area has a fireplace and French doors leading outside.

The back garden consists of a patio, and beyond that is a neat lawn lined with hedging and flowerbeds and sheltered by ornamental trees.

The parking area and vehicle gate are at the end of the lawn.

There's a front garden too, again with a lawn lined with hedging and shrubs, and a path leading up to the stained-glass front door.

It's only 130 metres from here to the Martello Tower, which means you're only ever two or three minutes from a vigorous walk on Sandymount Strand.

The nearest Dart station is Sydney Parade, about 600 metres away.

In addition to strolls along the nearby beach, for other amusement you've got the Railway Union sports club around the corner for cricket, tennis, bowling and hockey, as well as rugby and soccer.

The West Wood Club has a gym, swimming pool and climbing wall and is a two-minute walk away.

When you're in the mood for less corporeal pastimes, and seek something for the soul, the community of St John the Evangelist, 150 metres down the street, welcomes all Christians to participate in their weekly sung Eucharist every Sunday at 11am, complete with incense and Sanctus bells. Just be careful not to sit in the earl's pew.

Number 19 St John's Road is for sale with Sherry FitzGerald Sandymount, (01) 667 2244, and has an asking price of €1.15m.

19 St John's Road

Sandymount, D4

Asking price: €1.15m

Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald (01) 667 2244

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