The “Ailesbury” in the address brings its own cachet, but Ailesbury Drive is different from its better-known neighbour Ailesbury Road as it dates from a later era – the 1930s instead of the Victorian era of the neighbouring road – although the detached houses on the quiet tree-lined road are nearly as grand in a different way and in the same upper price bracket.
After two decades in number 2 at the Anglesea Road end of Ailesbury Drive, the owners are downsizing from their 435sq m (4,675sq ft) six-bedroom detached home. Called Straide House, it is for sale through Sherry FitzGerald for €3.35 million.
When the owners moved in they embarked on a major renovation programme, notably, changing the staircase in the grand double-height entrance hall and moving the kitchen from one side of the house to the other – it is now to the front on the left, opening into a breakfast room and then to a family room at the rear. The custom-built kitchen is oak and its craftsmanship has stood the test of time. There is a good-sized, well-fitted utility room to the side off the kitchen.
On the other side of the hall is a livingroom to the front and a very large L-shaped livingroom with dining area at the rear looking out to the rear garden.
An appealing and surprising feature is the rooftop terrace – a large open space up at attic level where there are also three more rooms. The family use it often and new owners will do the same. There is another, lesser-used smaller terrace off the main bedroom suite. That room has an en suite and a dressingroom.
The house was once owned by an embassy, not surprising given the size and location, but it is likely to be bought by a family trading up to this top location and who want plenty of bedrooms and living space and a more modern, liveable layout than that provided by a two-storey-over basement house. A former embassy with roof terrace for €3.35m