Sunday 17 December 2017

Sandymount villa with original period features on the market for €950k

Built around 1860, the house retains many of its period features

21 Newbridge Avenue has 1,903 sq ft of living space over two floors
21 Newbridge Avenue has 1,903 sq ft of living space over two floors

Katy McGuinness

On June 13, 1904, Paddy Dignam died suddenly at his home at 9 Newbridge Avenue in Sandymount. Dignam had worked for Menton, a solicitor, and the report of his death on June 16, the day of his funeral, in the Evening Telegraph, related that "the deceased gentleman was a most popular and genial personality in city life and his demise, after a brief illness, came as great shock to citizens of all classes by whom he is deeply regretted."

En route to Dignam's burial, his old friend Leopold Bloom looks out of his carriage window "at the lowered blinds of the avenue" - since identified as Newbridge Avenue. It was customary at that time for blinds to be lowered and shops closed during a funeral as a mark of respect.

The sitting room with an original fireplace, wooden floor, sash window and high ceiling
The sitting room with an original fireplace, wooden floor, sash window and high ceiling

Dignam's funeral to Glasnevin Cemetery was arranged by Cornelius ('Corney') Kelleher, the manager at HJ O'Neill's funeral parlour, who was a close friend of Dignam's. After the burial, the mourners - all 13 of them - repaired to the Gravediggers' pub to drown their sorrows.

This series of events takes place in the Hades chapter of Ulysses, and on the anniversary of Dignam's funeral each year, Newbridge Avenue is one of the places of pilgrimage for dedicated Joyceans celebrating Bloomsday.

One of the three bedrooms
One of the three bedrooms

Not just on June 16, Newbridge Avenue is one of the prettiest roads in Sandymount; its attractive villas considered most desirable, thanks to their proximity to the city centre - it's only 3km to Grafton Street, the IFSC and Docklands are a short drive away, while the Aviva Stadium is only around the corner.

Number 21 Newbridge Avenue lies at the end of a terrace, set back from the road behind a decent front garden, and has 1,903 sq ft of living space.

The dining room is at the back and opens out from the sitting room
The dining room is at the back and opens out from the sitting room

The house, which was built around 1860 and retains many original period features, has been staged for sale and done up in a style that will be familiar to those who have put in their time in the house-hunting trenches of Dublin over the past couple of years.

A flight of stone steps leads up to the front door and an elegant entrance hallway, with an ornate archway leading towards the back of the house.

The entrance hall and stairs down to the bedroom level
The entrance hall and stairs down to the bedroom level

To the right are two inter-connecting reception rooms, currently arranged with the sitting room to the front and the dining room to the rear. The rooms both have original marble fireplaces, wooden floors, sash windows and fine high ceilings.

On the return, located between the hall and the kitchen, is a room styled as a breakfast room. The kitchen has fitted units and leads out onto an elevated decked area.

An elevated decked area with steps to the garden
An elevated decked area with steps to the garden

New owners are likely to want to upgrade and reconfigure this arrangement, as well as the stairs that lead down from the deck to the garden, which is mainly to the side of the property as another house has been built in what was the original garden to the rear.

Downstairs there are three double bedrooms, one of which has doors that open out directly into the garden at the side. The master bedroom has an en-suite shower room and a walk-in wardrobe; there is also a family bathroom.

While the house has gas-fired central heating, the BER F will prompt new owners to upgrade the heating and insulation along with, at a minimum, the kitchen and bathrooms.

A few doors along, number 27 - similar in appearance from the outside, but with less living space - is for sale with Sherry Fitzgerald asking €995,000. This property was previously on the market in 2015 with a price of €875,000 with another agent but there is no record on the Property Price Register of any sale having been concluded. Prospective purchasers will undoubtedly want to look at both.

Sandymount village is a short walk away and has a branch of Tesco, a good butcher and an outpost of The Butler's Pantry.

For pints, the locals tend to gravitate towards Mulligans, which has a reputation for good gastropub fare. Other places to eat in the village include Dunne & Crescenzi and Mario's, while close by in the other direction are The Chop House on Shelbourne Road, Juniors, Paulie's for great pizza, and the Old Spot.

Lotts & Co is one of the new generation of grocers that is cropping up around the city and giving the supermarkets a run for their money when it comes to making food shopping a pleasant rather than enervating experience.

There are three primary schools in the Sandymount area, and local secondary choices include St Michael's on Ailesbury Road and Loreto on the Green. Sports clubs include Pembroke Cricket Club and Clann na Gael, and Sandymount Strand is every runner's and dog walker's favourite stretch.

The DART station at Lansdowne Road is 450m away, and there are several handy bus routes.

21 Newbridge Avenue

Sandymount, Dublin 4

Asking price: €950,000

Agent: Savills, (01) 6634300

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