Silver lining with a price of 2.35 million euros in the sought-after enclave of Clontarf


Silvermere, 36 Seafield Road West, Dublin 3 €2.35 million

When it comes to Dublin’s most desirable suburb, Clontarf is said to be north of the Liffey what Ballsbridge is to the south and it’s easy to see why. There is an attractive village atmosphere in Clontarf with its seaside promenade, historic castle and welcoming chain of cafes and restaurants.

Within this upscale enclave, Seafield Road West is considered one of the city’s most desirable streets. Opposite Belgrove Junior Boys’ School, where John McGahern taught before becoming a full-time writer, is Silvermere, a 1920s dormer bungalow with a distinctive triangular roof and curved porch.

When former radio officer William Hughes and his wife Rose came from England 90 years ago to start a business called The Joy of Home Tea, they fell in love with the house.

Located six miles from the town center where William could ply his trade, the property suited the couple perfectly. They built a tennis court in the back and beyond, planted a vegetable garden and an apple and pear orchard.

In the front garden, William created a Celtic cross-shaped feature, with a sundial in the center surrounded by rose beds in honor of his beloved Rose. Following the bombing of North Strand in 1941, he also built an air-raid shelter on the side. Fortunately, this was never necessary.


An interior view of the property which stands on a .75ac site on Seafield Road West

An interior view of the property which stands on a .75ac site on Seafield Road West

Rose, an artist, painted in a room overlooking the front garden, now a cozy seating area.

The property also has two receptions, a kitchen/dining room, guest toilets and four bedrooms (two of which are ensuite). Set on three quarters of an acre, there is plenty of room to build on the land, as neighbors have, subject to planning. Having been in the same family all this time, Silvermere is now for sale at £2,350,000 from Sherry FitzGerald Killester: (01) 833 6555.

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