Saturday 21 September 2019

This €595k Victorian home is the perfect villa in Dublin's former 'Little Jersusalem'

A house at Lombard Street is the perfect example of a so-called Dublin 'villa'

The exterior built in the classic Victorian 'villa' style
The exterior built in the classic Victorian 'villa' style
The kitchen/living room with brushed steel cooking units
The stairs and hall
The main reception with raised fireplace
Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

The Victorian house at 22 Lombard Street off Dublin 8's South Circular Road and Clanbrassil Street is what is often termed a "villa"-style residence.

The origins of this term to describe a city Victorian home in Dublin is interesting and has its roots in serial revivals of style.

When it came to architecture and home design, the Victorians looked to the Georgians - who in turn looked to the Romans for inspiration.

The Roman villa was certainly a rural based (rather than city) holiday retreat of the wealthy to be found throughout Europe 2,000 years ago.

The main reception with raised fireplace
The main reception with raised fireplace

The only trait it shares with those homes on Lombard Street today is that the Roman villa was also low-slung in its construction.

So when the Georgians, who worked all aspects of Roman and Greek architecture into their own home designs, came to designing "villas", they were also low-slung and rural.

They were built in the green rural outskirts of the cities with a single storey over a ground floor or garden wing. The latter was designed as the servants and service quarters with the relatively well-off owners tending to live and sleep upstairs.

The Georgian villas looked much like chopped Georgian city terraces - the same house but with two floors rather than four or five. But as the city expanded outwards, development soon passed them by.

As a result, their villa "country" locations were very soon central city addresses. Generations later, the Victorians were so used to describing low-slung city homes as "villas" that they described their own chopped homes the same way.

Dublin 8 is full of period homes in the villa style, which along with Edwardians, prove much more manageable for family living than their four-floor counterparts designed to accommodate servants working on the top and bottom floors.

The kitchen/living room with brushed steel cooking units
The kitchen/living room with brushed steel cooking units

This home has been well maintained by its current owner and is today a mix of contemporary design and traditional features.

Behind this charming Victorian exterior lies a very stylish 2/3 bed villa style, residence offering spacious and bright accommodation which extends to c.98.8 sqm/1063sqft and has been well maintained by its current owner.

Coming through the front door you enter into a bright and spacious hallway with its original cornicing, fan light over the front door, ceiling rose and high ceilings. Into the left is the first reception room. This a fine room with high ceilings, cornicing and an open fire which could either be a living room or a third bedroom. Downstairs there is an open plan sitting/dining room and kitchen.

There are semi solid wood floor throughout with recess light and storage under the stairs. The kitchen has fitted units with a solid wood worktop. There is an integrated dishwasher and a large stainless steel Smeg cooker with a 6 ring gas hob and electric oven. Off the living room is a utility area which has more storage and is plumbed for a washing machine. This leads into the main bathroom with a large shower cubicle with glass block screen.

Upstairs is the master bedroom. The room has vaulted ceilings and fitted wardrobes. The second bedroom is a single room with fitted shelving and attic access. Finally off the landing is another shower room.

Outside is the paved garden to the rear with pedestrian access to the laneway beyond. There is a block built shed with the gas boiler inside.

Lombard Street West is a pretty tree-lined Victorian Street, tucked away in a quiet residential enclave at city end of South Circular Road. The immediate area offers a selection of choice restaurants, delis and coffee houses while Stephens Green and Grafton Street are just a 10 minutes walk away – a highly sought after city centre location !

Measuring 1,063 sq ft, the house has gas fired central heating and there’s on street disc parking for residents.

You enter via hall level and into the living room, which has can also be used as a third bedroom. This has an open fire with timber surround chimney piece and a stone hearth.

At garden level is the main reception, a bright sitting room cum dining room with semi solid wood flooring, fitted shelves and under stairs storage.

The kitchen, also at this level has wall and floor units with timber worktops, and an integrated Siemens dishwasher and a Smeg dual fuel cooker with a six ring gas hob. From here you access the garden. There’s also a utility area with cupboards which is plumbed for a washing machine.

The bathroom has a toiled floor, and a glass block cubicle screen as well as a wall mounted heater and an extractor fan.

On top of the house on the first floor are two more bedrooms, one with a vaulted ceiling, the other with attic access and there’s also a shower room at this level.

The rear garden also includes a shed with the gas boiler inside, a paved patio, rear lane access for deliveries and a paved patio for summer barbeques.

It is located close to the Camden Quarter and lies within a 10 to 15 minute walk of St Stephen's Green and Christchurch in one of the up-and-coming parts of town with Portobello and nearby Ranelagh regularly ranking at the top of locations for which there is the most competition from buyers.

The nearby stretch between Portobello Bridge and Dame Street, which runs along Camden Street, Wexford Street, Redmond's Hill, Aungier Street and George's Street contains Dublin's liveliest bars and trendiest restaurants.

Heading over the bridge you'll find fast gentrifying Rathmines which has seen a new live music venue open recently with the Bowery, the vintage Stella Cinema opening in recent weeks as a trendy vintage cinema bar and a soon-to-open Fallon & Byrne opposite on the corner of the Swan Centre.

In the past those who bought the popular villa residences in this pocket have looked at big restoration costs but these days most have been taken in hand and like this home, the work has already been done.

The house is also located in what once was Dublin's 'Little Jersusalem,' the remnants of which are the Jewish Museum and the fabulous little independent bakery that is the Bretzel bread shop.

28 Lombard Street

South Circular Road

Dublin 8

Asking price: €595,000

Agent: Felicity Fox (01) 6334431

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