Victorian home on one of Ireland's most exclusive roads on the market for €7.5m
Dartry Victorian is on Ireland's third most exclusive road
Last year a survey conducted by this newspaper asked four estate agencies specialising in trophy homes to nominate Ireland's 10 most exclusive streets.
Not surprisingly, the famous (or should that be infamous?) Shrewsbury Road in Ballsbridge came in at number one while its equally renowned D4 neighbour, Ailesbury Road, sailed into the number two slot. The big surprise was third place - taken by unanimous vote by Temple Road in Dartry, Dublin 6.
Running between Dartry Road and Richmond Place and nestled between Rathgar, Milltown, Palmerston and Rathmines, Dartry is where the so called 'quiet money' lives. And Temple Road is Dublin 6's silent Shrewsbury.
Dominated by outsized period homes constructed from the mid 19th century to the Edwardian era, very little is heard about Temple Road for two reasons: those who live there don't sing and dance about it and because homes on this stretch very seldom come to the market.
Since the property register began five years ago, just three houses have sold on this stretch, the most recent being Thorndale, a three storey 5,350 sf ft detached Victorian with five bedrooms which changed hands for €4.75m in the middle of last year.
Temple Road was named after the two-time British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston (aka Henry John Temple), on whose lands the Dartry area was developed from the mid to late 19th century when residents included William Martin Murphy, the Jacob biscuit dynasty and, for a time, Bram Stoker - who is more normally claimed by the Northside.
The area developed apace when William Martin Murphy connected it to the city via his tram company - the Luas of its day. The former tram depot is still there at the end of Orwell Park.
Today residents of Temple Road include the Brazilian and Nigerian ambassadors as well as John Dorrance III, the billionaire behind the Campbell's soup empire.
A rare property to be offered on this street (the only one in a year) is High Cross, which is currently on the market with a tag of €7.5m attached.
The three-storey detached house is one of the oldest and largest holdings on this stretch having being constructed c1860 and it comes with almost a full acre of gardens attached (0.8) plus significant frontage to the road.
The property has been in the same family for more than 30 years. When they acquired it in the 1980s High Cross was in a dilapidated state, requiring a significant amount of investment. The current owners believe the house may have housed professors in conjunction with the nearby Trinity Hall students residences.
A clever addition of a 'period coach house' in the 1980s in matching random stone and red-brick is almost convincing as a contemporary companion.
The house is entranced via stone steps to an elegant four-pillared portico. There's an entrance hall with the two main receptions flanking on each side, to the left the drawing room, to the right the dining room which has double doors running through to the sitting room, allowing an extra large space for entertaining. There's also a home office/study on this floor. At entrance level is the kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga, Portuguese stone overmantel, an island unit and a travertine tiled floor. There's access both to a conservatory and a family room here. The fifth bedroom is located on this floor with some additional utilities and the entrance to the cellar.
Through a corridor to the coach house we have a snooker room and a home gym.
On the top floor there are four bedrooms. The master chamber has a bedroom-sized dressing room attached. The house has all the usual period features.
Outside there's a full size tarmac tennis court. With its size, layout and expanse of grounds, this is prime property for an embassy.
Temple Road, Dartry, Dublin 6
Asking price: €7.5m
Agent: Knight Frank (01) 6342466
See the slideshow of the property on www.independent.ie/life/home-garden