Ambassadors and executives of the technology giant will be very interested in this fully restored Victorian property on the corner of Raglan Road and Elgin Road, right in the heart of Dublin’s embassy belt, with a starting price of € 5.25 million. The rest of us will just keep dreaming. Number 17 Raglan Road is a fantastic, completely renovated and modernized home that has a triple-aspect view and draws in all available light from all directions. The house, which was originally built around 1875, had fallen into disrepair and was divided into several apartments when the current owners bought it. Their vision was to turn it into a magnificent single-family home with all the period details and all the modern conveniences, and that’s exactly what they have done. All the ambassador needs to do is bring Ferrero Rocher.
The owners brought in John Meagher from de Blacam & Meagher to design the renovation, and with the help of a top team of professionals, they embarked on this daunting project. The entire building was completely cleaned, with interior floors, walls, windows and ceilings removed; the only original property worth saving, says the owner, was the stairs. Given a clean tile, the owners were able to insulate the walls and install double-glazed windows, making it one of those rarities: an energy-efficient Victorian home – even if it’s Ber-free. Underfloor heating systems were installed, which eliminated the need for ugly radiators, leaving the walls free of furniture and shelves. The house has also been connected to telephone, sound, TV and security system, and there is an internal vacuum system, which eliminates the hassle of pulling a vacuum cleaner around the house.
Everything that could be saved was lovingly restored, including the original cornice. Everything that could not be replaced with a qualified piece typical of the time, including the fireplaces and beautiful chandeliers. The five bathrooms and two guest toilets are particularly impressive, all decorated in luxurious marble. The owners flew in a team of Italian craftsmen to equip the bathrooms in Calacatta and Jerusalem Gold marble. In an impressive craftsmanship, all marble tiles have been almost perfectly matched with books, with incredible results. The handmade cabinets in the bathrooms were built by John Daly, and he accepted the Italian challenge by book-matching grain on timber.
The main entrance has a tiled reception hall with roofing and center rose and an inner hall with teak floors. The large lounge and dining room lead out to a sunroom / conservatory overlooking the back, with folding doors that can be opened to create a terrace, and remote controlled ceiling lights fitted with rain sensors so that they automatically close when the weather starts to get cold. a little Irish. You can imagine hosting elegant receptions, your guests enjoying aperitifs (and Ferrero Rocher) in this elegant space. There is also a large home office / library with dual aspects on the back that gets a lot of light in the afternoon and evening.
Downstairs on the garden level is a nicely landscaped Bulthaup kitchen in a Hampton conservatory, with cantilever units, large central island and Gaggenau appliances, including an oven, steam oven and microwave lined up in an impressive row. The glass roof allows daylight and the skylights are remotely controlled with rain sensors. It opens onto a fully landscaped garden facing west with cut granite walls and mature planting and nesting. There is an underground rainwater collection system that pumps gray water to irrigate the garden (it also supplies the toilets).
A large living room adjoins the kitchen, and there is a small study / office and two bedrooms, one with en suite bathroom. Through an arch on the return of the first floor you will find a bright bedroom with double aspects and a bathroom with a large panoramic window to the side. The first floor is completely occupied with the magnificent master bedroom with double aspects, with sliding sliding windows that provide views of the Raglan and Elgin roads, along with a large walk-in closet and en suite shower room. There is another bedroom suite on the third floor, along with a small room on the second floor that can serve as a laundry / ironing room, a small study / office or simply a practical storage space.
Outside there is off-street parking for two (large) cars, accessible through electric sliding gates to the side. There is also a practical side entrance so that the catering company can easily get in and out. Ten years ago you could rent 17 Raglan Road for € 15,000 a month, but now it’s ready for a lucky diplomat, technology entrepreneur or lottery winner to simply move in and call it home. Number 17 Raglan Road, which extends to 415 sqm (4,467 sqm), is for sale through Lisney Sotheby’s International Realty and requires 5.25 million euros.
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