Video: Luxurious 'A' rated home Ballsbridge mews yours for €1.5m
Three-bed contemporary build gets an 'A' energy rating
Builders are back in business in Dublin - at least in the profitable back lanes of D2,4 and 6, where pocket-sized parcels can once again be redeveloped into svelte luxury one-off homes that sell for seven digits.
Last year, two new contemporary properties were developed in Percy Lane and have since sold for more than €1m.
In recent months a mews at Lad Lane in D2 sold for more than €1.4m, one at Church Lane in D6 went for over €1.5m and a third in Pembroke Lane, D4 racked up €1.6m. Agents talk of a recent bidding battle between two executives from blue chip companies that took a fourth new mews to €1.7m.
So its not surprising that those who acquired sites as investments in the boom and mothballed them for the bust are once again calling in the architects.
Among them is jewellery entrepreneur Pat Whyte who acquired an abandoned crash repair garage and former coach house on Baggot Lane in the noughties. Her intention was to build a dream contemporary home and move into it from her current city home helped by her partner, the vintage furniture expert Niall McDonagh, formerly of Architectural Classics, now running RAD, an online showhouse of 20th-century original furniture.
So last year Whyte called in Gerry Murphy of MCA Architects to get the project moving. The firm's clients have included Facebook and IBM.
Whyte, who has long had a hand in jewellery design, always wanted involvement in sketching out a home. With input from Murphy, they came up with the blueprints for this remarkable three-storey residence completed just six weeks ago.
Having settled into her other home and long ago given up on the idea of moving, Whyte decided to build the property to sell.
The objective was to maximise the site to come up with the most spacious, modern and bright home possible. They also wanted to maintain the original outside stone masonry of the Georgian-era coach house and the final remaining brick wall of the old stable and tack room standing - which included a main arch, two flanking Roman arched windows and two porthole windows from the building's original hay loft.
Also high on the agenda was energy efficiency - this home has a top-tier A3 BER rating. The new build was coated with an outer shell of high-tech 120mm insulation render. The alu clad solid timber floor-to-ceiling windows and patio doors (double glazed and argon filled) were specially ordered from Sweden. Their arrival, in damaged condition, held up the build for weeks while the fittings were remade and reshipped.
Another key factor is the state of-the-art geothermal heat pump which extracts heat from the air outside, and runs it into a device similar to a fridge which then amplifies it and uses it to heat the water, the underfloor heating downstairs and the rads upstairs. Aside from energy efficiency, natural lighting and security, its best selling points are the huge open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room area which opens out on to the rear patio, and the third bedroom on the top (third floor) which has an ultra-modern ensuite like the two on the middle floor, but with additional space, huge windows and a decent-sized outdoor viewing deck. The floors are solid oak throughout and partner Niall has staged the house out with original collectible 20th-century furniture and lighting from RAD which is available to purchase as extra.
The price being asked for this 2,000 sq ft home is €1.5m through Colliers International.
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116 Baggot Lane
Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Asking price: €1.5m
Agent: Colliers International Tel: (01) 6333700