Monday 23 September 2019

Pondering the imponderables of quantum mechanics in Ballsbridge

23 Waterloo Lane, D4 €995k

The entrance hall at 23 Waterloo Lane has stained glass and a hardwood floor
The entrance hall at 23 Waterloo Lane has stained glass and a hardwood floor
23 Waterloo Lane

The Nobel prize-winning Austrian physicist, Professor Erwin Schrödinger, is most famous for a generally poorly-understood thought experiment involving a cat being simultaneously dead and alive (look it up, it's far too complicated to explain here!).

Schrödinger's cat was brought into being in 1935, and five years after that, Schrödinger began his Irish career. At the invitation of Eamon De Valera, he moved to Dublin and spent 16 years as Director of the School of Theoretical Physics at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.

The Institute was then at Merrion Square but it now has three premises, one of them at Burlington Road, on the corner of Waterloo Lane. From 23 Waterloo Lane you have a clear view across the street to the Institute, so you and your cat can ponder the imponderables of quantum mechanics as you please.

No23 was built in 1979 but has of an Edwardian hunting lodge feel to it inside.

23 Waterloo Lane
23 Waterloo Lane

The floors are 100-year-old salvaged hardwood and there's stained glass, corniced ceilings and a marble fireplace. There's even a mock hunting trophy of a tiger - an unequivocally dead cat in this case.

It's 2,282 sq ft in the main plus a 538 sq ft converted attic reached by spiral stairs. There are two rooms on that floor, currently a home gym and an office.

Below that on the first floor can be found the four bedrooms.

The main bedroom has an en-suite shower and gives onto a front balcony, and two of the other bedrooms have sinks, 1970s-style.

At ground level are two interconnected reception rooms, a front living room with a fireplace and a rear dining room with sliding patio doors. Off the dining room is the kitchen and there's a separate utility.

No23 is for sale for €995k with DNG Donnybrook (01) 260 0200.

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