This €1.05m period home has an amazing barbecue house at the end of the garden - even for winter
You'll never have a washout barbecue again if you live at this period house in Glasnevin, Dublin 9
How many of us have made big summer plans for a barbecue only to have it ruined by a downpour? Your friends come around, the wine and beers are handed out, the steaks are thrown on the coals and then, the sky darkens and the heavens open. It's the same old story year in, year out.
Ten years ago the owners of the house at 11 St Mobhi Drive in Glasnevin, Dublin 9 got fed up with the barbecue-blitzing effects of Irish summers and decided to go the full hog and acquire a barbecue house to install at the end of their garden.
Built of stout northern pine logs, this decorative hexagonal wooden house allows for six or more people to sit in comfort on cushioned benches around a hexagonal table with place settings while watching the food cook at the centre, raindrop free. The facility can be used even in winter with the cooking charcoal giving off heat which is retained largely within the Scandinavian-type timber room. The fumes are drawn out via a chimney.
With not much additional alteration, the very same structure could easily be used for a sauna or a steam room. These types of installations usually cost €5,000 plus so it's a happy addition for the next owner.
This period property which has a part red-brick, part bay -window double frontage was constructed in the 1930s in an area around which the first nationalist professionals and middle classes began to settle once Catholic Emancipation had allowed them a university education and proper jobs. They began spilling into the civil service, merchant classes and into elected positions in politics and soon had money to buy homes. Glasnevin, Clontarf, Drumcondra and Phibsboro were near the archbishop's residence in the 19th century and became the target area of choice as the Catholic middle classes exploded. At the time the Anglo Irish classes fleeing the city centre headed for the central southern suburbs.
This house, with its part red-brick style and its counterparts were among the last of the "red brick" type which so characterise this area. The current owners acquired it in 1998, getting stuck in straight away into a complete refurbishment to modernise the house from top to bottom in a style sympathetic with its age. On top of this, the house has been extended significantly.
One of the big improvements the owners have embarked on is the exploitation of the significant roof space which these older houses offer. The attic here has been converted and there are two substantial attic rooms, one of which comes with an ensuite. There is also a good amount of under-eaves storage in both rooms.
And they deserve extra credit for the garden work, in particular the magical winding shrub and flower lined path which leads up to the front door.
Accommodation here includes an entrance hall with a polished wooden floor leading into the living room.
This comes with a marble fireplace as the focal point and many 1930s features are in evidence including covings and a ceiling rose and the floor again is polished timber.
There's also a bay window which brings in plenty of extra light. Double doors lead from here into the conservatory which is air conditioned to allow use all year round. On the other side of the hall is a large open-plan lounge and dining room - originally two separate rooms in the home's original format but broken into one large area by the current owners and now suitable for entertaining on a larger scale.
A door leads from here into the kitchen and dining/breakfast room. Again there's a solid timber floor and a door also leads from here to the conservatory. The house is now in need of some updating here and there and this is most in evidence in the kitchen.
Upstairs the main bedroom has fitted wardrobes and views towards the Botanic Gardens. There's an ensuite bathroom with a shower cubicle which can also be used as a steam room.Bedroom two also comes with an ensuite and there are two more double bedrooms on this floor as well as the family bathroom with a period-style stand alone cast iron bath, a wash hand basin and a bidet.
The accommodation totals 2,800 sq ft, which is more than twice the floor area of an average three-bedroom semi detached house. This house comes with gas-fired central heating and there's plenty of off-street parking along with electronic front gates for additional security. The BER is a D2 which is pretty good for a 1930s built house. As well as the amenities of the Botanic Gardens and local parks, there are a number of Government bodies in the area, including the Department of Defence and the national enterprise and trade board Enterprise Ireland.
DCU is also located nearby. The house is also handy for the city centre and the Phoenix Park.
Sherry FitzGerald is asking €1.05m.
11 St Mobhi Drive
Asking price: €1.05m
Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald (01) 8373737