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The Irish Times 16th March 2017
Dublin 14 €1.775m
Tea to green in Rathgar for €1.775m
2 Green Park, Orwell Road, Rathgar
Description: Five bedrooms, 1930s Kenny built, detached 230 sq.m. (2,475sq.f.t)
Agent: Beirne & Wise
BERNICE HARRISON
Buying off the plans in the early 1930s from developer John Kenny involved several choices – not
least what type of house you wanted. On his nine-acre plot at the Churchtown end of Orwell Road,
he offered a choice of eight house styles. His intention was to build more than 10 houses but the
buyers who came along wanted very large gardens so several bought two plots.

Kenny’s development is mostly in a cul-de-sac but a few, including number 2 Green Park, are on the
main road, opposite Milltown Golf course. It is the first time it has come on the open market – and
the two-storey detached house is for sale through Beirne & Wise for €1.775 million.
Originally built with six bedrooms, the 230sq.m. (2,475sq.ft.) house now has five, with the upstairs
unusually having higher ceiling heights than hall levels.
The kitchen is to the side at the front and the owners extended at the rear, adding a large sunroom
and knocking through all three reception rooms and installing double doors so that they can be
opened up to create an L-shaped space that in turn opens into that extension.
Southwesterly garden
The southwesterly rear back garden, which also backs on to Milltown Golf Club, is 35.5m long and
17.5m wide so a large slice could be taken off it to extend the house without greatly impacting on it
– if the new owners had such plans.
There is also scope to the side to extend subject to planning of course.
A family buying will probably consider moving the kitchen to the rear as part of a general
reorganisation of the space which might also include an extensive attic conversion. And if they are
really pushing the boat out, they’ll reinstate more architecturally sympathetic windows to the front
– the PVC replacement windows detract from the look of what is a very pretty granite-and-stucco
finished 1930s house.
Electric gates at the front facilitate easy access and there is parking for several cars.
In his 1932 sales brochures, Kenny promised that “no effort will be spared to see that the houses are
well-built, bright, homely and healthy”. Number 2 Green Park fits the bill.


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