“This is a very happy house,” say the owners of 26 Elgin Road, sitting in front of the marble fireplace in the living room. The couple’s old boxer dog, who has lived here his entire life, wags his tail in approval. When they bought this five-bedroom terrace, the owners say, it was divided into several floors, but the original features were still intact, although it took a lot of work to scrape the Dulux off the cornices and rose windows.
All the work paid off, though, and Number 26 is a fine period residence that’s full of tasteful touches, like the beautiful freestanding copper tub in the lavishly appointed bathroom on the first return, which is decorated with a tan african style. savannah style that gives it a warm and sensual touch.
The house sits on an imposing terrace of tall Victorian houses on Elgin Road, just behind the US Embassy, and the first thing you notice is how quiet it is despite being in the heart of busy Ballsbridge. “Even when there’s a game at the Aviva or a concert, you don’t see a lot of traffic or crowds on this street,” says the owner. For them, the house offers the perfect balance between peaceful old-world elegance and vibrant city life.
The front garden is behind wrought iron gates and is framed by topiary laurel trees and trimmed boxwoods, with a gravel area that can fit two large cars or three small city vehicles. Granite steps lead up to an arched doorway flanked by Doric columns, and you can see that the brick at the front of the house has been intricately grouted. The owners also placed a cast iron drain in the adjoining house’s dividing line and refinished the roof with Blue Bangor slate.
A grand entrance hall with marble tiled flooring leads into a wonderful connected living room, with a luxurious sitting room to the front and the kitchen where the original dining room would have been. This leads to a beautiful atrium roofed sunroom/dining room extension, which in turn leads to a fabulous outdoor terrace with hardwood floors and wrought iron railings, overlooking the manicured rear garden with artificial low rise gardens. maintenance. grass and specimens of trees and shrubs, and about the southern city.
The first floor is where the party really begins, with a full-width dining room that can accommodate a large number of guests, while still leaving room for a grand piano. This opens up to a large salon to the rear making it the ideal entertaining space. Both rooms have their original marble mantles and more of that intricate corniced ceiling. If you can’t invite Paul Harrington to entertain your guests with the piano, don’t worry: the owners are music lovers who have wired the house for smart sound, so all you have to do is set up your speaker and play music on the go. through your phone.
The master bedroom on the second floor is magnificent, running the full width of the house and looking across tree-lined Elgin Road to St Bartholomew’s Church. There is a large walk-in closet and a huge bathroom with a separate tub and rainforest shower. There are two further double bedrooms upstairs, one with an en-suite shower room.
The garden level area is used as a doctor’s office and has separate access from the front. This consists of a reception area, a tiled lobby/waiting area with a stone wall, and two large rooms to the front and back, with a large bathroom. If a new owner would like to have a business here, everything is in place. There is also a separate one-bedroom apartment to the rear, which can be used as a granny flat, au pair accommodation or student accommodation. All of this can be easily incorporated into the main house.
26 Elgin Road, Ballsbridge, is Ber-exempt, spans 470sqm (5,062sqft) and is for sale through Knight Frank, for €3.75m.