Luxurious home enjoys complete privacy in Blackrock for €1.325m
This luxurious home enjoys complete privacy
The Stillorgan Obelisk that stands near the entrance to the Carysfort Downs estate is believed to have been built in 1727 by Lord Allen as a monument to his wife, Lady Allen.
Lord Allen must have been a romantic with deep pockets, because he commissioned the eminent architect Sir Edward Lovett Pearce, also responsible for the Bank of Ireland on College Green, to design the obelisk which is over 100 ft high. It is thought to have been the first obelisk to be built in Ireland, and that Lovett Pearce was inspired by an obelisk by Bernini, located in Rome.
The Carysfort Downs development was built by the UK developer, Charles Church, and was his only Irish project. Church was killed when the Spitfire plane he was flying crashed near Basingstoke in Hampshire in 1989. Church was a self-made multi-millionaire. The farm labourer's son was reported to have amassed a fortune of £140m and to have been one of the 200 richest men in Britain when he died aged 44.
Carysfort Downs is an estate of several dozen individually designed, detached houses, many of which were constructed using reclaimed bricks and roof tiles specially imported from the UK. Built in the early 1980s, the development looks quite different to most other Irish schemes, and has the feel of the UK home counties about it. On a bright spring morning, there is little sign of activity bar dog walkers and joggers, and the sounds in the air are those of lawnmowers and birdsong rather than traffic from the nearby N11.
The Tudor-style No 61 is one of the few houses in the development to enjoy complete privacy, as it is positioned behind electric gates and surrounded by high beech hedges, with a fine silver birch in the front garden. The current owners extended the property to the back and out to the side in around 2000, and the house now has just over 2,500 sq ft of living space.
The entrance hall is tiled in Travertine and leads on to the living room with its wooden floors and marble fireplace. Double doors open out into the dining room, which has a solid timber parquet floor, a cathedral-style ceiling and access directly out to the garden. The handmade beech and walnut eight-seat dining table was specially made for the room and is included in the sale.
The kitchen is a luxurious room in solid Brazilian walnut and marble by Dalkey Design House. It is clear that no expense was spared here, from the heft of the drawers and cupboards, to the huge marble-topped island, to the enormous Sub-Zero fridge freezer and wine cooler. These and all the Neff appliances are also included in the sale.
A separate utility room, compact television room and guest lavatory complete the accommodation on the ground floor.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms and a fully-fitted study, which could be used as an additional bedroom. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite shower room, and features an exposed brick wall. One further bedroom is en-suite, and there is a family bathroom with marble tiles and a stand alone bath.
In terms of gadgetry, No 61 also has plenty to interest potential purchasers. There are intercom controls for the electric gates in several rooms and digitally-controlled lighting in the kitchen. The ground floor rooms and garden are equipped with a Linn integrated music system, that agent Greg Coffey of Sherry Fitzgerald describes as being like the "Aston Martin of sound systems; in fact, it's so good that it's what Aston Martin put in their cars".
The gardens wrap around the house. To the rear, there is a decked area and a feature pond with a three-tier waterfall. A raised patio catches the sun all day and a barbecue area is designed to accommodate outdoor eating when the weather permits. There is also a spacious shed, where a new condensing boiler is located, and a carport for two cars.
The current owners have already downsized and moved out to another house that they own in Ranelagh. Now retired and with their family grown up, they also plan to spend more time in France. No 61 is therefore ready for immediate occupation, which will appeal to purchasers in a hurry. The property is, in what estate agents like to describe as, "turnkey condition," and in this instance the tag is accurate. The house is bright throughout and there appears to have been no stinting in terms of the level of finish.
Nearby schools include the separate boys' and girls' Holly Park National Schools, Loreto Foxrock, Blackrock College and the very popular and high-performing Colaistes Eoin and Iosagain.
No 61 was last on the market in late 2013 quoting an asking price of €1.2m but subsequently withdrawn. The most recent sale in the development was of no 29 in November of last year, for €1.075m.
61 Carysfort Downs,
Blackrock, Co Dublin
Asking price: €1.325m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 2880088