Architectural gem on Harrington Street laid out as four flats for €1.25m

New owners will have options as the property features a commercial unit backing on to a rear lane

Address: 20 Harrington Street, Portobello, Dublin 8
Price: €1,250,000
Agent: Owen Reilly
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This distinctive property – located just around the corner from Camden Street in Dublin city centre – is one of four notable Edwardian houses along Harrington Street in Portobello. Numbers 17 to 20, all of which are protected structures, form a terrace on the south side of the street, just opposite the landmark St Kevin’s Church.

Dating from between 1890 and 1910, these two-bay, two-storey-over-basement houses with attics have impressive oriel windows and “form an idiosyncratic group on the south side of the street”, according to the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, adding that the properties “lend the streetscape a unique and appealing character”.

As it currently stands, number 20, a pre ‘63 investment property, is laid out as four self-contained units. Three one-bedroom units lie upstairs, while the unit at basement level (with own-door access to the front underneath the granite steps) has two bedrooms and access to the back garden.

The property boasts lovely interiors that have changed little since the house was constructed in 1890, and would now benefit from some renovations. Tall ceilings, coving and ceiling roses in perfect condition, not to mind the interesting Dutch colonial-style fireplaces and sublime craftsmanship in the oriel windows, are just some of the details that make this property special. The finest apartment is that on the top floor, as the urban streetscape views from the balcony are superb and a complete novelty for the location.


Furthermore, there is a commercial unit to the rear. Measuring 53sq m (570sq ft), the single-storey block has double doors to a rear laneway with roller shutters.

Its location, along with its distinctive architectural style – almost what you’d expect from a house in San Francisco or indeed New York – will clinch the deal for new owners. It is a 10-minute stroll to St Stephen’s Green, and just minutes’ walk from both Camden Street and Harcourt Street, where there’s access to the Luas Green Line.

While it is currently laid out as four apartments, which estate agent Clodagh Murphy reckons could generate a total of €120,000 in annual rental income, there is potential to develop the rear into another unit (subject to planning permission), or indeed to fully reinstate the house to a very fine single family home.

New owners could alternatively decide to live in the house’s basement level – with the benefit of a back garden, the shed and lane access – and rent out the three units upstairs.

Either way, this property, now on the market though Owen Reilly estate agent seeking €1.25 million, is certain to generate good interest.

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle

Elizabeth Birdthistle, a contributor to The Irish Times, writes about property, fine arts, antiques and collectables