Saturday 25 February 2017

Stunning seaside show house offers a pool and 'exceptional' views in Portrane for €950k

€1m shaved off architect's seaside 'show house' in Portrane

Mark Keenan

Mark Keenan

The exterior of Longacres in Portrane, Co Dublin - it was the dream home of an architect
The exterior of Longacres in Portrane, Co Dublin - it was the dream home of an architect
The view out to the beach from the sitting room
One of the double bedrooms at Longacres
The main family bathroom, with built in bath
The hallway of Longacres
The open-plan kitchen of Longacres
The swimming pool at Longacres

Longacres House in Portrane is being described by Stephen Day of Lisney as "the most exceptional home to go up for sale on the outskirts of Dublin in the last number of years."

Day should know his exceptionals - the top segment specialist auctioneer is most usually found on the opposite side of Dublin Bay chaperoning big period piles to market in Dalkey, Killiney and Ballsbridge for multiple millions.

Longacres at the Burrow is of a unique genre peculiar to the Celtic Tiger years: the one-off architect designed "show pad" - designed to function perfectly and to knock your socks off visually.

In the early boom years one-off contemporary houses gradually became viable for architects who had hitherto made their money on civic and commercial projects.

It started with small swish one-off contemporary mews houses, which generated magazine attention and design awards for innovation.

By the latter boom years, demand had extended to include larger detached contemporary homes on sites of high-amenity value - houses like Martha's Vineyard in Dalkey which was commissioned by director Jim Sheridan (De Blacam and Meagher) and Maytree, the raised lightbox cantilevered house at Enniskerry designed for aviation tycoon Declan Ryan (ODOS).

The swimming pool at Longacres
The swimming pool at Longacres
The exterior of Longacres in Portrane, Co Dublin - it was the dream home of an architect
The view out to the beach from the sitting room
One of the double bedrooms at Longacres
The main family bathroom, with built in bath
The hallway of Longacres
The open-plan kitchen of Longacres

As this market grew, the architects who catered for it realised that it made increasing sense to build a private dwelling of some magnitude for themselves which could present a business-generating showcase of their talent. A shop window so to speak. Potential clients could visit to see how modern materials and systems worked and to experience the designer's work in an utimately tangible fashion.

Among the most notable "architect's own" projects were the Rathmines "A-House" of FKL's Michelle Fagan and Gary Lysaght and the black Portobello mews terrace of David O'Shea of ODOS.

Domestic and international design-led publications and sites wanted to splash the pictures of such homes - something not often permissable with one-off houses designed for private clients. By now internet design sites were an important business draw.

In 2006 Dublin-based architect Damien Murtagh began to sketch up his own plans for his professional showcase - Longacres House on a beachfront site on the Burrow Peninsula. "It was a bit of a dream home, and designed to show off my own skills and wares so to speak. I wanted to show materials like the local granite and so on, the energy-saving systems - the building has an "A" rating. In my mind this is the nicest site on the East Coast from Dundalk to Wicklow," says Murtagh, now living in the UK."

Unfortunately the market crashed as Longacres got underway. Half of Ireland's architects found themselves unemployed. and Murtagh's company was forced into bankruptcy. Today the house is being sold by a receiver. "That's the way it goes," says its designer who is busy rebuilding a practice across the water.

In his creative wake he leaves a wholly unique 2009 completed beachfront home of 8,300 sq ft (just under eight times the size of a semi) and for sale at a fraction of the cost it took to put it there. It stands on a private site of 12 acres.

The house was placed for sale previously three years ago for €1.95m and later put to let asking €10,000 per month. It comes with a solar spa indoor swimming pool, steam room, sauna, home cinema a gym, huge roof terraces, solar panels and geo thermal heating which harnesses the heat of the earth's core. The BER is a tight A3.

The entrance hall leads into an enormous 40-foot long open-plan living/ dining room and kitchen with a two-floor atrium view to Lambay Island.

The exterior of Longacres in Portrane, Co Dublin - it was the dream home of an architect
The exterior of Longacres in Portrane, Co Dublin - it was the dream home of an architect
The view out to the beach from the sitting room
One of the double bedrooms at Longacres
The main family bathroom, with built in bath
The hallway of Longacres
The open-plan kitchen of Longacres
The swimming pool at Longacres

From the hardwood floored livingroom a cantilevered staircase leads to the upper floor. There are five bedrooms, the master with walk in dressing-room, a sea view balcony and a very sustantial jacuzzi bath in the ensuite. A Crestron Home Control system allows control of the heating, lighting and sound while you're away.

It goes to auction on May 20 with an AMV of €950,000.

See the slideshow of the property on www.independent.ie/life/home-garden

Longacres House

The Burrow Peninsula, Portrane, Co Dublin

Asking price: €950,000 (AMV)

Agent: Lisney (01-8840700)

The main family bathroom, with built in bath
The main family bathroom, with built in bath
The exterior of Longacres in Portrane, Co Dublin - it was the dream home of an architect
The view out to the beach from the sitting room
One of the double bedrooms at Longacres
The hallway of Longacres
The open-plan kitchen of Longacres
The swimming pool at Longacres

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