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Room with a View: Is this the best seat to watch rugby in Dublin 4?

  • 125 Anglesea Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
  • Asking price: €1.6m
  • Agent: McPeake Auctioneers (01) 827 2300

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The exterior of No 125 with the Energia Stadium to the rear

The exterior of No 125 with the Energia Stadium to the rear

The hall which has most of its original period features

The hall which has most of its original period features

From the property you can watch Leinster's 'A' team play (our shot features St Mary's)

From the property you can watch Leinster's 'A' team play (our shot features St Mary's)

A reception room

A reception room

This home also overlooks the River Dodder’s wildlife channel

This home also overlooks the River Dodder’s wildlife channel

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The stylish tongue-in-cheek television adverts from the 'Carlsberg doesn't do...' series have long put a smile on the faces of Irish viewers, whether they drink the Danish lager or not.

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But among male sports fans, perhaps the all time favourite has been the 'Carlsberg doesn't do flatmates...' production.

The unforgettable advert was produced in the Celtic Tiger era as a light hearted response to the problems young people were encountering in finding decent rental accommodation.

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This home also overlooks the River Dodder’s wildlife channel

This home also overlooks the River Dodder’s wildlife channel

It ran as follows: responding to an ad seeking a housemate, a well-scrubbed young lad turns up outside a neat red-brick terrace house somewhere in Dublin 4 and knocks on the door.

The door is answered by a very attractive young lady who ushers him into an enormous and very trendy open-plan living room/lounge in which lots of other pretty ladies and cool looking guys are sitting about.

It emerges that one of the occupant's hobbies is making giant pizzas for everyone else in the catering standard kitchen. The moment our hero is handed a slice, a tv programme called 'Football Legends' starts on the giant screen telly amidst cheers from the ladies present. They jump enthusiastically on to a very expensive looking sofa to watch it.

One of the male tenants ushers our hero upstairs to show him his new room, which turns out to be of penthouse standard with a giant bed and a huge fridge full of beer. He is led outside to inspect his raised bedroom balcony and emerges to find himself looking down into a floodlit football stadium packed with thousands of fans. His new trendy and friendly housemates join him there and hand him a Carlsberg just as the game kicks off. He takes a swig and smiles to camera. The voiceover finishes: "Carlsberg doesn't do flatmates, but if we did..."

If you're a fan of Dublin, Leinster and international rugby, one of the great advantages of acquiring a recently spruced-up period home at 125 Anglesea Road in Ballsbridge is that it directly overlooks the pitch at Energia Park in Donnybrook. From the upper floor windows at the back, you can literally pull up a chair with your friends and enjoy any of the fixtures for free.

Your eagle eye view will certainly be the best in the house.

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The hall which has most of its original period features

The hall which has most of its original period features

The stadium, which is home to Bective Rangers, Old Wesley and the Leinster Rugby Sub-Academy often hosts international home fixtures for the Ireland Women and Ireland Under 20s in the Six Nations. It's also the host venue for all Leinster 'A' games in the British & Irish Cup, Leinster Womens' inter-provincial games and is the home of schools rugby in Leinster.

So if you can find that easy chair, and perhaps a few for your friends, there's plenty to watch.

If you're a fan of wildlife, the same easy chair and windows will also give you an excellent view of the River Dodder, located between you and the pitch.

With the aid of a small telescope, you can enjoy a green water corridor which is today home to otters, kingfishers, wild brown trout, bats, dippers and all sorts of wildlife. If you fancy a walk, the river will take you in serenity for miles, leading through Milltown, Orwell and to Bushy Park and beyond.

But let's not forget the house itself.

Refurbished and repainted by its current owners, No 125 Anglesea Road is located in one of Dublin 4's noted trophy home stretches and, indeed, in the heart of Ballsbridge, considered Ireland's best address. Stretching to 2,766 sq ft, it has most of its original period features intact, including ceiling covings, stucco work and cornicings which include grape and vine patterns, ceiling roses and elegant arches.

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A reception room

A reception room

The house has its original decorative chimney pieces, as well as characteristic high ceilings and sash windows.

More recently, work has included the installation of a new boiler system, new carpets and new wooden floors put down on the ground-floor level.

It has two very large interconnecting reception rooms at hall level, which would be useful for those who need to entertain at home. These contain original windows and shutters as well as some eye-catching chandeliers.

At garden level, there is a large fitted kitchen and dining room with a utility room off it. There's a family room, bathroom with shower facility and an office at this level,

The house comes with three good-sized double bedrooms upstairs alongside a family bathroom off one of the returns.

Out back, there's a sandstone patio area along with raised sleeper beds, mature trees and shrubs. There's a Barna shed, outside sockets and security lighting.

A potentially useful extra to No 125 is the fact that planning had been granted for the erection of a gate for rear access and secure off-street parking (for two cars). While this planning has now lapsed, it is generally expected that the same could be approved again. New owners can enquire with the planning wing of Dublin City Council and the vendors can supply the relevant details.

The front garden comes with raised sleeper beds and a selection of mature trees and shrubs, and to the rear there is a large garden with attractive landscaping, cobble-locked area (for potential parking) and gate.

Anglesea Road is convenient to St Stephen's Green and many of Dublin's principal places of business, including Silicon Dock at Grand Canal Dock.

Herbert Park is within a few minutes' walk and provides superb recreational amenities, including tennis, bowling and walks around its 34 acres. There's shopping and restaurants at both Ballsbridge and Donnybrook, including the well-known Donnybrook Fair.

Schools within reach include St Conleth's, Gonzaga College, St Michael's College, Sandford Park School, St Mary's College, Muckross Park and The Teresian School.

And again for the rugby fan, this location is obviously heaven. Repeat European champions Leinster play their main fixtures at the nearby RDS while the internationals take place at the Aviva Stadium, which is also within a short stroll away.

At €1.6m the house also benefits from being within 15-20 minutes' drive of the airport via the Port Tunnel. For more details on rugby heaven, contact McPeake Auctioneers (01) 8272300.

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