Double doors that open into a room on the first return of a Victorian home in Monkstown, County Dublin are labeled “Powder Room”. But the label does not do justice to the glamorous family bathroom behind the doors. Over the entire width of the house, the ceramic-tiled room is dominated by a large, circular bathtub that looks like a huge salad bowl. Carved from a piece of Italian sandstone, it is a beautiful object weighing 1Â½ tons that sits between two sliding windows and has matching basins in a mosaic-tiled vanity.
It reflects the generous approach taken by the owners of 29 Alma Road, a large Victorian three-story garden-level home, in renovating the property acquired in 2006. The property at the end of the terrace was then laid out in five bedrooms: in the last 15 years they have completely redesigned and modernized the property from the 1850s, while original details from the period were restored or replaced. In the beginning they flashed it, says Sherry FitzGerald agent Ronan O’Hara, and did the basics, including rewiring the house and installing gas central heating and new double-glazed sash windows.
The luxurious furnishings of the 430 mÂ² five-bed room include two very ornate Italian fireplaces made of white marble in the connecting salon and dining room, a bathroom in the style of a beauty salon on the corridor level and a traditional kitchen designed by Andrew Ryan on the garden level together with a large wine cellar below the stairs. The bathrooms – a shower room on garden level and three en-suites on the upper floor as well as the guest toilet and a guest bathroom in the beauty salon style – are elegant and fully tiled.
The size of the house is evident from the entrance hall with its 4.5 meter high ceiling, the central rose and the cornice, the wall niches and the black and white tiled floor. The drawing room off the hall at the front of the house is decorated in keeping with the Victorian era: a chandelier hangs from an original center rose and there are ornate cornices; The antique furniture includes a grand piano. Both this room and the adjoining dining room at the back of the house have wide oak floorboards.
There is a small study off the entrance hall with two steps down to the guest bathroom. Further steps lead down to the kitchen / breakfast room / family room on garden level. It is a bright room covered with beige ceramic tiles. The white kitchen units contrast with the worktops and the island with its black marble top; a 6-ring gas hob is built into the chimney and there are double Belfast sinks.
A wide arch opens into the comfortable family room, where a television hangs over another ornate white Italian marble fireplace. From here, double doors open to the back garden. Additional accommodations on this level include a study, double bedroom, shower room, large laundry / utility room with built-in cupboards and the wine cellar with exposed stone walls. The front garden is accessible underground.
Upstairs, the master bedroom runs from the front to the back of the house, with deep sash windows at the front and back; It has a central rose window, an intricate ceiling cornice and a white marble fireplace. A dressing room with good storage space opens up to a fully tiled shower room – the sliding windows offer a good sea view.
When the terraces were built in the 1850s – some of them developed by a lawyer named Thomas Alma – they focused on the west side to capture these views. A tall narrow window in the landing on the second floor offers further views. On this level there are three double bedrooms, all with built-in wardrobes, two of them with their own shower room.
Number 29 Alma Road is for sale for EUR 2.85 million via Sherry FitzGerald. The house is at the top of Alma Road near the junction with Monkstown Road and within walking distance of the Seapoint Dart Station. There is parking for several cars in the front yard, but the back garden is very small for the size of the house: the original garden was sold at some point to become the parking lot for a 1970s housing estate, Alma Court, next door. A small house on the side of number 29 is a completely separate property that is not part of this sale.