A slice of Killiney for €1.2m
No 45a looks inviting with a loaf of bread and bottle of Champagne
When developer Paul Corcoran built 45a Killiney Road and its twin next door back in 2008, he intended to sell the house when it was finished, but it turned out - to put it mildly - not to be a great time to sell and so the property has been rented out ever since.
Now, with a lick of paint, new carpets and staged for sale within an inch of its life by experts, House & Home; it is on the market quoting €1.2m. It is, for all intents and purposes, a brand new house and ready to move in to.
No 45a is situated on the left-hand side about halfway up Killiney Road as it ascends from the roundabout to Fitzpatrick's Killiney Castle Hotel. The unusual modern house is positioned behind electric gates and mature hedging. There is parking for several cars in front of the house, with double side-access to the back and rear garden.
At ground floor level, there is a guest bedroom with ensuite shower room immediately off the entrance hall, alongside a guest lavatory. On the way to the kitchen and open-plan main living space to the rear is a decent-sized study, which could function as a family or playroom.
Upstairs, the master bedroom has a walk-in dressing room, ensuite bathroom and balcony. One further bedroom is ensuite, and the remaining two share a family bathroom equipped with a Jacuzzi bath. Each of the five bedrooms is a double.
The staging includes all the usual props that house hunters have become used to seeing when they go to view a house that is not currently occupied. The beds are dressed with multiple layers and extravagant tasselled cushions, the study displays carefully chosen reading material, the sofas are positioned for cosy family television watching and the dining area is dinner party ready, down to the bottle of Champagne (Lanson, since you ask) chilling in an ice bucket.
Hats off to House & Home, though, because they have outdone themselves at No 45a and there is even an array of five perfectly starched white shirts in the walk-in dressing room that forms part of the master suite and freshly baked bread straight out of the oven.
It looks so good that one is tempted to pull off a crust (on closer inspection, it turns out to be made of some durable spongy material that's not going to go mouldy between viewings and is - sadly - not edible).
No 45a has an impressive A3 BER thanks to its timber frame construction and high standard of insulation, double-glazed windows, a heat recovery ventilation system, an air-tight design to retain heat and a gas-fired central heating system with a modern high-efficiency condensing boiler. Roof-mounted solar panels provide hot water for the house.
There are also plenty of modern bells and whistles that will appeal to the technologically minded. These include sensor lighting on the stairs that comes on automatically when it starts to get dark and an integrated whole-house music system with cabling for surround sound in the master bedroom as well as for speakers on the balcony and patio. The back garden is wide but not very deep. There's a garden shed and the staging includes some artful planting of spring flowers.
Killiney has plenty of schools, both primary and secondary, and St Joseph of Cluny, Killiney/Glenageary NS and Dalkey School Project are all within walking distance, with Loreto Dalkey and Holy Child Killiney also convenient.
The nearest Dart station is down the hill at Glenageary - a walk that takes about 10 minutes at a brisk clip on the way down and more like 15 on the way up at the end of a long day.
The local canine population thanks its lucky stars for its good fortune in living so close to both Killiney Hill and Killiney Beach, where there are exciting walks to be had. Their humans consider themselves similarly fortunate to have Killiney Golf Club within walking distance.
The pool and fitness centre at the Killiney Castle Hotel are also well-patronised by locals, the free crèche cited as reason enough in and of itself for moving to the area.
Meanwhile, the senior team at the Cuala GAA club in Dalkey has just made it through to the All-Ireland Club Hurling Final in Croke Park on St Patrick's Day, a cause of much local excitement. Dalkey Village is one of the most desirable in South County Dublin, thanks to its range of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants.
45a Killiney Road
Asking price: €1.2m
Agent: Des Lalor Auctioneers (01) 247 8851