Peek inside this lux Dublin penthouse on the market for €895,000
The flagship pad in Bushy Park House is back to market
Ten years ago this month, the princely sum of €1.5m was asked for the biggest and best of the seven penthouse apartments at the Bushy Park House scheme in Terenure, Dublin 6W.
The apartment was advertised as spanning more than 1,500 sq ft - large indeed by Irish standards.
The scheme's flagship property was never offered in the original phases of the development launched in 2003 and was held on to by the builders (a common practice at the time). It finally came on the market two years later on its own and was sold to a private purchaser for substantially more than the €1.5m tag advertised.
A decade later to the month and the same penthouse has returned to the market albeit with a more sober post-crash price of €895,000 attached. Number 156 Bushy Park House, with the equivalent accommodation of an average four-bedroom family home, also comes with a wrap-around roof garden of 1,560 sq ft - also extraordinarily big for a Dublin apartment. This has been equipped with gravelled areas, timbered walkways, box hedging, bay trees and outdoor soft furnishings.
Architects O'Mahony Pike's understated and smart-looking block designs have endured well visually, and you've got Bushy Park itself and the views. The park is one of Dublin's most mature given that it was originally planted up as the pleasure grounds of the 1700s-built Bushy Park House, constructed by Arthur Bushe and later owned by the Shaw family.
With 50ac of greenery, extensive woodlands, a substantial enclosed children's playground, a huge wildlife pond and frontage to the River Dodder, there's plenty going on here, including a scenic backdrop of the Dublin Mountains. The scheme is separated from the park grounds by a high railing. In winter, the views are brought indoors by the floor-to-ceiling windows.
The 2015 asking price gets you this apartment fully furnished, which includes an Italian cream four-seater sofa, two modern wing chairs, a good sized contemporary glass dining table with six chairs, a coffee table, lamps, side table and sideboards. The apartment was originally furnished by the designer Peter Johnson and much of what goes with the property was chosen by him.
The hall is lit naturally by an overhead Velux style panel. Double glass-panelled doors lead to the living/dining room where the parquet floor continues and where full-height windows and doors let in lots of light.
There's a gas fire inset in a limestone surround fireplace. The kitchen has a ceramic tiled floor and the appliances and white goods are also included in the sale price. The three double bedrooms again feature full-length windows and doors and have been laid in cream carpet and fitted with wardrobes.
The master bedroom ensuite has cream floor tiles and part-tiled walls, marble surround sink units, a large wall mirror and a white bathroom suite incorporating a Jacuzzi bath and a heated towel rail.
The main family bathroom, located off the entrance hall, is similarly decorated and fitted.
A high-speed lift leads to the underground car park and individual storage units, and this penthouse comes with two car spaces and a storage unit.
The development is a few minute's walk from Terenure Village which is known for its delicatessens along with neighbouring Rathgar. If you have children, Our Lady's school for girls is next door while Terenure College for boys is right across the road. As for summer, just drop them right over the railings into Bushy Park.
156 Bushy Park House
Asking price: €895,000
Agent: Bracken Estates (01) 4966444