Hawk eye views from cliffs on high
Hawk Cliff might trump Sorrento House for sea views
Published 03/07/2015 | 02:30
The famed Sorrento House on Sorrento Terrace in Dalkey - currently on the international market for €10m - is estimated by many to have the best views of any home in the capital. Thanks to its incredible vantage atop a jutting headland, Sorrento house looks out in all directions across Killiney Bay to Bray Head House and the Wicklow Mountains.
The name 'Sorrento', along with many other Italian name-checks around these parts, comes from the Victorian notion that the views from here compare closely to the spectacular Bay of Naples. They weren't far wrong, and on the sorts of rare sunny days we've been enjoying lately, you could easily imagine you were in the Med.
But perhaps Sorrento's top view credentials are trumped by Hawk Cliff, named for its own precarious and dramatic perch atop the cliffs, albeit a little nearer to the city on the Killiney side of the coast.
Because Hawk Cliff not only catches the very same visuals as Sorrento, but its views also include the dramatic addition of the elegant pastel-coloured Sorrento Terrace itself in which Sorrento House is located - itself a key visual feature in the Killiney/Dalkey coastal landscape.
With its wrap-around raised balconies and long expansive decks, Hawk Cliff may therefore be the true contender for the capital's supreme home vistas. Hawk Cliff also looks over Dalkey Island, Killiney Beach and to the white-peaked Sugarloaf.
The house is named after the stretch of cliffs and the public bathing area located far below on the seafront carries the same name. The monicker followed from the long-time former usage by hawks of these cliffs. The birds of prey tend to select high, inaccessible sites with the widest views. Lately, bird watchers have noted the return of the peregrine falcon to these cliffs and old quarries of this area.
In addition, there have been regular sightings of pods of dolphins. And adding to the wildlife and yellow gorse-coloured rockscapes, there's the regular visual interest provided by pleasure boats and shipping passing by.
Built in a white modernist flat-roof style in the 1960s, this house on Vico Road is all about the views. The original builder must have had to go to great lengths to install it into the precarious site it sits on and the house truly does have a hawk's grasp on the edge of the cliffs which also add so much to the visual drama of the raised train or Dart journey out this way.
The gardens at Hawk Cliff are also tiered into the steep-sloped site. The front has a lower deck area and a sandstone patio continuation that runs for almost 50ft and is 14ft wide for maximum access. The upper raised viewing deck is accessed from the front steps and from both the dining room and the sitting room, and runs 7ft wide and 46ft long.
Better still, indoors the floor to ceiling picture windows on every level bring the sea and the islands into almost every room for those more typical Irish days when the weather is dark and blustery.
The property is entranced into a hall with timber flooring, recessed lighting and an overhead skylight. Timber flooring also runs through the living room which has full floor to ceiling views across the bay. There's a fireplace here with a granite surround and a door leads out to the balcony.
The dining room is similarly equipped, also with balcony access. There's a kitchen/breakfast room with Neff appliances and these include an oven and grill, dishwasher, a four-plate hob, and a double sink with chrome taps. This room also has views across Killiney Bay.
There's a study, utility room, a shower room and a family room with double doors to the rear of the property. The house has four bedrooms, only one of which isn't ensuite. The master chamber comes with his and hers walk-in wardrobes and a Jacuzzi bath from which you can soak and see the very best of the sea views the house has to offer. Savills wants €2.145m.
Vico Road, Killiney, Co Dublin
Asking price: €2.145m
Agent: Savills (01) 2885011