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Friday 1 December 2023 Dublin: -2°C

Grand designs on a townhouse with a modern twist

A Blackrock home with a surprise modern addition.

LEESON STREET HAS many sides to it – its buzzing business side is expressed through the offices, organic restaurants and pubs dotted along it, while the large homes that lie just off its footpaths show off its grand history.

One of those homes is 99 Upper Leeson Street, an imposing house in a sought-after location. It’s on the market for €1.75 million, and has some unexpected features to tempt a buyer looking for a solid investment.

The four-bedroom, two-story house dates from the early 1800s, and is located near both the Burlington and Sussex Roads, and just down the road from the Grand Canal.

Given its Georgian history, it has the large, high-ceiling rooms you can expect from such a home. But it has some contemporary surprises too.

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In 2005 it benefitted from a modern (though sympathetically done) extension, which brings the home out into a spacious kitchen and up a twisting wooden stairs to a balcony area.

It has a little study nook just inside the double glass doors that lead to the rooftop balcony, which (let’s be honest) could just as easily be converted into a home bar or entertainment area.

As it’s located on the corner of a terrace, the owners of this home have a real treat when they look out the windows.

The kitchen is south and west facing, so you can look forward to light streaming in for most of the day.

Two of 99 Leeson St’s bedrooms are downstairs, just off the entrance hall. If you’ve no need for four bedrooms, they could alternatively be used as study or reception rooms.

High ceilings, cornicing and lots of space is what you’ll find here – and the possibility of joining both rooms to become one large downstairs area.

The master bedroom is upstairs, and truly lives up to its name, with its huge stand-alone wardrobes and en suite bathroom.

If you’ve no need for the extra wardrobes, there’s even more room at your disposal here.

This bedroom’s windows have a view that stretches to the Dublin mountains. Witness the sun setting behind its peaks and feel miles away from the busy capital.

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Speaking of impressive, the first floor reception and drawing room are quite a space to live in. Big windows, wooden floors, high ceilings, with space for visitors, parties, and then some.

They’re the heart of the house, cosy, warm, and amenable to whatever use you want for them.

99 Upper Leeson St - Dining Drawing Room

If you’re the kind of person who wants a house with history that doesn’t need renovation, but is a blank canvas just waiting for the stamp of its new owner, then this is the home for you. And when you do move in, that rooftop balcony will be waiting.

Just bring the champagne.

99 Upper Leeson Street is for sale by private treaty through Lisney.

Maria Heffernan
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