This stunning period home has been completely restored with a cinema room and unparalleled views - for €2.65m
Bought for €1.3m in 2010, restoration works costing the same again have been invested in 1 Idrone Terrace
IN a country where the natives usually run from big period houses with bigger restoration works required, foreigners who move to Ireland, and in particular the Americans, English and Germans, must be credited for restoring our built heritage. In rural areas they have been vital in restoring our crumbling big country houses and our period cottages.
In the cities however, this role has been increasingly played by top executives moved here to work with large overseas multinationals in the areas of technology and big pharma. As they look for grand homes with heritage for their families, many are taking on projects and saving important homes which may otherwise have perished.
A perfect example is the Victorian seaside home at 1 Idrone Terrace in Blackrock, Co Dublin which was acquired by a senior executive with a US based multinational back in 2010 for just over €1.3m. The flagship house at Idrone Terrace, built in the 1840s, soon revealed deep-seated structural issues.
The owner appointed the well-known architect Adrian Hill. "This is a really beautiful old house. Unique in the terrace because as an end of terrace, it had the sea views on two sides. It had been converted and subdivided into flats and we soon discovered that at some point in subdividing the ground level, supporting walls had been removed. As a result the centre of the house had sagged in the stairwell area and in particular this was in evidence at the lower ground and entrance floors. The stairs for example was sloping off to one side. On top of this the period coving and plaster detail had cracked and stepped in many places. All this had to be put right."
"We addressed the problem with a painstaking and very careful process of placing supports (gradually jacking up) in many vital areas and then placing in strategic reinforcements." The house cost an additional €1.3m to stabilise, extend and restore and the work took two years. They added a modern barrel-vaulted extension at the rear. The kitchen and main living spaces were moved to the first floor to take advantage of the views. The original roof slates were removed, reconditioned and replaced when the roof was restored.
No1 was upgraded with underfloor heating, damp proofed, period features restored and insulated.
Extending to 3,157 sq ft, the property is spread over three floors. The modern additions, include a cinema room, auto blinds, multi-zone climate control, spot lighting and a CCTV security system.
The accommodation includes an entrance hall with stained glass panels in the front door, restored ceiling coving and a black solid wooden floor. The drawing room has sash bay windows overlooking the sea with restored folding shutters, there's a large marble chimney piece and bespoke fitted cabinets.
There's a dining room, also with a marble chimney piece and wired speakers. The kitchen and breakfast room area has a stone floor with integrated Neff larder fridge, Neff freezer, dishwasher, hob, Viking Professional self-cleaning double oven, Neff warming cabinet, Neff microwave and an extractor fan. There are grey granite splashbacks and granite countertop. Display cabinets and a feature window seat with storage below. Recessed lighting, remote controlled blinds and wired speakers provide modern touches. Concertina glass doors fold and open into patio area, combining both external and internal spaces. At garden level there's a guest WC, two bedrooms and the cinema and media room which comes with mood lighting, a disco ball, storage cabinet and double doors lead out to the garden. Also at this level is a back hall, utility room and a bathroom.
Upstairs you'll find the other three bedrooms, with the master chamber looking over the sea with its own bathroom ensuite. To the rear there is a split-level garden that is private without compromising on sea views. There is off street parking for five cars and there's a playhouse and storage shed. Now the owner is relocating abroad and the house is for sale through Janet Carroll seeking €2.65m.
1 Idrone Terrace
Asking price: €2.65m
Agent: Janet Carroll (01) 2882020