Sandringham, 81 Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4
Situated on Sandymount’s premier road, and indeed one of Dublin’s finest, Sandringham is a 3,420sqft redbrick Edwardian residence, likely dating from the early 20th Century, enjoying extensive west-facing gardens of 0.71 acres.
The house first came on the open market in 1925 and was purchased by Dr Lorcan Sherlock, a former Lord Mayor of Dublin and a distinguished member of Dublin society. He was a golf pro, enjoyed horse racing and cricket and was a director of a number of high-profile companies. Sherlock died in 1945 at the age of 71 and was survived by his daughter, Patricia Fletcher, and wife Marie Sherlock.
The property next came on the open market in 1967 and was purchased by the late Senator Eoin Ryan and his wife. Save for a rather redundant extension added to the side, little has changed to the front of the house since.
The Ryan family sold the house in 2004, initially seeking €6m and later achieving €7.1m at auction through Lisney’s Tom Day. The underbidder was another Dublin 4 resident, astute property investor Jonathan Aird, who lives on Ailesbury Road and owned nearby 21 Park Avenue and 23 Park Avenue, in addition to various multimillion euro properties abroad.
The successful bidder was an accountant-turned-property-developer, who has also owned a number of other properties in the area, including Castleville, 12 Sandymount Green – a distinctive pink castellated residence purchased for €2.25m; Redwood Lodge, 78 & 80 Merrion Road and 1 & 2 Spafield Terrace – a former guesthouse with two mews properties to the rear; 3 Farney Park – a more modest semi-detached house in Sandymount.
81 Park Avenue came on the market through Lisney again in 2015 seeking €4m, before being withdrawn and eventually re-listed again in late 2015. Approached through a set of electric gates, a pleasant horseshoe-shaped gravel driveway spans the width of the front garden. On the other side of the house, the rear garden is the home’s best feature, running 350ft in length down to the Dart tracks. Prospective purchasers will surely carry out work to truly bring this trophy home into the 21st Century. At present, the bedroom accommodation doesn’t tick the boxes of 2015’s demanding househunter, with a notable lack of en-suite bathrooms and not a single dressing room in sight. The sun-room-type extension to the rear which houses the kitchen feels very late-1990s. This may very well be removed entirely by the future purchaser, who would instead opt to replace it with a high-quality two-storey extension to create a large open-plan kitchen/living/dining room on ground floor and to improve the bedroom facilities above. However, decor issues aside, the house remains one of the best on this exclusive stretch of road.