Sunday 30 April 2017

Dublin home that's a shrine to Marilyn Monroe viewed online by 200,000 people

The purple-shaded sitting room is papered with some of Marilyn's most iconic photographs above the mantel
The purple-shaded sitting room is papered with some of Marilyn's most iconic photographs above the mantel

Chai Briady

Thousands of house-hunters have been mesmerised by a Dublin property lavishly decorated with Marilyn Monroe memorabilia.

The colourful home has been viewed by more than 200,000 people online since it was posted on daft.ie on St Patrick’s Day.

The home's entrance hall is a smack of bright colours which frame portraits of the late star
The home's entrance hall is a smack of bright colours which frame portraits of the late star

People from across Europe and in the US have been in contact with the estate agent to express an interest in the property.

The property houses one of Ireland’s biggest collections of Marilyn Monroe mementoes.

A second living room hosts a aluminium-coloured couch alongside two leopard-print armchairs
A second living room hosts a aluminium-coloured couch alongside two leopard-print armchairs

According to the selling agency, Ray Cooke Auctioneers, it has received many more views than any other property.

The average number of views for other local properties in the same time frame was 500.

The quirky end-of-terrace property on Clondalkin's Harelawn Drive is a tribute to the Hollywood movie star
The quirky end-of-terrace property on Clondalkin's Harelawn Drive is a tribute to the Hollywood movie star

“Over the weekend I had calls from Ireland, I had calls from Europe, the UK and America,” said Ross McHugh, a senior negotiator at the auctioneers.

“It pretty much spiralled within a couple of days.

The Hollywood theme runs through the home's three bedrooms, each decked out in Marilyn Monroe bedspreads
The Hollywood theme runs through the home's three bedrooms, each decked out in Marilyn Monroe bedspreads

“With your standard property you would expect some local interest, maybe some first-time buyers who are looking for similar properties locally.

“This has attracted completely different interest than just your local property hunters.”

The Hollywood theme runs through the home's three bedrooms, each decked out in Marilyn Monroe bedspreads
The Hollywood theme runs through the home's three bedrooms, each decked out in Marilyn Monroe bedspreads

Mr McHugh said he never expected the reaction to be so massive.

“There were people standing outside the front of the house taking selfies, that’s the kind of thing that’s going on now,” he said.

Sun enthusiasts will appreciate the convenience of the personal sunbed set up in the home's kitchen
Sun enthusiasts will appreciate the convenience of the personal sunbed set up in the home's kitchen

The daft.ie page says the property “boasts quirky decor throughout”, which may not entirely prepare buyers for what they will see.

The owner spent 20 years collecting pictures, wall-paper, cushions and statues depicting the iconic actress.

No matter where you turn, she is sure to be looking back.

“There’s years of memorabilia, furnishings and collectibles and there’s quite a snazzy colour scheme that all ties in together,” said Mr McHugh.

Vibrant colours, pink chandeliers, purple carpets and a sunbed in the kitchen make property stand out.

The owner was described as an “avid Marilyn Monroe fan” and “a lovely Dublin woman” by the seller.

She was said to have been originally reluctant to leave the property, in which she takes great pride, but wanted to downsize.

However, buyers may be disappointed, as the current owner intends to take as much of the collection to her new property as possible.

The semi-detached house sits at the end of a terrace at 44 Harelawn Drive, Clondalkin, and is on the market at €185,000.

However, it could go for a lot more now that Monroe fans have their eyes on it.

“If a couple of people end up wanting the property, that could well push the price up,” said Mr McHugh.

Beside the house is a piece of land with full planning permission which can be bought separately.

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