Once a subdivided duckling and now an elegant swan, 84 Palmerston Road in Rathmines integrates contemporary comfort with period structure. Since purchasing the three-bedroom Victorian home in 2018, the owner has invested a lot of time and thought into restoring what was hidden behind the false ceilings and half-timbering, and finding quality replacements.
Granite steps lead up to the summery blue front door. Inside, the lobby is a spectacle, with the walls painted a dark gray and the ceiling in a darker shade, Inchyra Blue, to showcase the highly decorative high relief cornices and central roses that have taken on several weeks to restore. Watching Tullow-based James Ansbro, the owner says, was like watching a dental hygienist at work, using her beautiful instruments to remove 180 years of paint without damaging the plaster. Most of the sections were in good condition underneath, but some, for example the moldings in a bathroom that had been poorly ventilated, needed major repairs.
To the right of the hall is a gem of a living room, also painted in this midnight blue, with exquisite plasters, a beautiful marble fireplace by Ryan & Smith in Dungannon and deep architraves; much of the carpentry was in place, but some needed the expert care of Drogheda-based Michael Black. The owner, who graduated with a fine and decorative arts degree a few years ago while designing a house in Howth, jokes that he likes to invite guests to spot new pieces in the setting. around the folding doors that connect the adjacent room at the back.
Quite unusual, it is now a kitchen fitted with Pedini elements in a dark lacquered metal finish, eucalyptus doors and fresh ceramic splashbacks and worktops – there is an island along the same axis. long, but there is no dining table.
The floor across this level is a beautiful dark African hardwood, panga panga, salvaged – via Wilson’s Yard, in Co Down – from the British Leyland offices in Birmingham.
Downstairs, past a window with bright blue and red panels (there’s a matching one on the landing), there’s a well-appointed utility area up front, near the door, and insulated storage under the steps. before. The downstairs front room is a guest bedroom and has another part of the owner’s restoration puzzle; an original fireplace that he matched elsewhere in the house with finds from salvage.
Beyond, next to a chic bathroom, is a cozy living room with glass doors opening onto the garden, where artificial turf and raised beds require very little work. At the back, a large patio captures the evening sun before it sets on the front of the house; opposite this is a huge garden furniture which lends itself to many uses – home office, gym, separate accommodation for a family member – it has large sliding doors out to the terrace and access to a alley at the back. There is room for a few cars in the gravelled front garden, behind electric gates.
Upstairs, two large bedrooms; the main one at the back has a bathroom up a few steps from where you can see across the bay to Howth. The front bedroom has fitted wardrobes and a beautifully appointed bathroom, painted in soft pink, is accessible from here and from the landing.
At 200 m² (2,153 square feet), there is plenty of room in this end-of-terrace house, but the owner has obtained a building permit for an extension, designed by PCOT Architects, which would give a plus. friendly layout, with a kitchen-dining room to the rear on the garden level and two large bedrooms on the hall and landing.
The area is certainly suitable for families, located close to the villages of Ranelagh and Rathmines, convenient for schools, shops, Luas and buses, and a short walk or bike ride to town. Indeed, the owner has a long-standing affection for the area, having lived here during his student years, and is moving to a house nearby. The number 84, which is just above the junction with Dunville Avenue and Belgrave Road, is for sale via Lisney, for 2.15 million euros.