Top let: Grand designs on the property market
Raheny Dublin 5; Rent: €3,950 per month
Living in a hotel has always been a fashionable option among certain social sets. The InterContinental in Ballsbridge has a number of fancy rooms you can lease over longer periods, while the Grand Canal Hotel has offered one of its rooms for sale as an investment.
If you buy at the Shieling Square - the old Shieling Hotel in Raheny - you won't find other guests down at the bar or delaying your breakfast order. The Shieling played host to many famous musicians over the years, including The Dubliners. These days, it has been converted into top-end apartments and penthouses. The façade of the main house has been kept in the familiar neo-Georgian style with long bay windows and granite trims. Around it, and a landscaped courtyard, are four modern blocks which were launched in 2015 after a protracted delay due to a small matter of the recession.
It was the better for it, as the latter permissions allowed for fewer units, higher standards and an altogether nicer arrangement. Money has been spent on shrubbery, paving and street furniture.
This penthouse is in the main building, which means it benefits from high ceilings and period features like the sash windows, which have been fully restored. There is direct lift access to the hallway, to avoid mixing with the hoi polloi, and secure underground parking.
Inside is an open-plan kitchen/living area. The latter has a wall-insert gas fireplace and access to the balcony via the double doors. The large kitchen is finished in high-gloss neutrals and porcelain tiling with a range of appliances included, while the dining room, with unusual deep inset windows, is separate
The rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and because this is the penthouse, those in the living area are in the bays. Furnishings are comfortable executive style in neutral colours and there is ample storage. Ceiling lines are unusual as it's up top but add to the overall interest.
There are three double bedrooms, two of which are ensuite. The master bedroom also has balcony access.
The development is on the Howth Road with QBC and Dart access routes and nice views across Dublin Bay. Local amenities include Bull Island, the coastal walkway and nearby villages of Clontarf, Howth and Malahide.
Lease: One year
Enquiries: Lisney Lettings (01) 662 4511