Saturday 18 November 2017

Welcome to my multimillion crib

Villa la Carriere on the French Rivieira is one of Derek Quinlan's properties. Photo: AFP
Villa la Carriere on the French Rivieira is one of Derek Quinlan's properties. Photo: AFP

Many of Ireland's best-known businessmen have amassed a chain of luxury homes here and abroad. Here's a taster of who owns the properties you always wanted.

20 East 64th Street, New York

Property tycoon Derek Quinlan bought a 13,000 sq.ft palatial townhouse at 20 East 64th Street ---where previous residents include disgraced former banker Bernie Madoff and murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace -- from investment banker Roberto de Guardiola for €19.8m in 2005.

Built in 1857, the five-storey pile, which was recently taken off the market, has five bedrooms, a gym, two terraces, massage room, library and staff quarters in the basement.

Villa la Carriere, Cap Ferrat, French Riviera

Quinlan paid €45m for this villa and spent another €20m on improvements including a lift, tennis court and works of art.

With neighbours including Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, advertising guru Maurice Saatchi and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, the property features putting greens, an infinity pool and a private beach.

Portland House, NCR, Limerick

Revealed in a court case in 2008, property developer Aidan Brooks carried out an extensive €12m refurbishment of this property in an upmarket area of Limerick.

The works included the construction of a basement swimming pool, gym, tennis court, children's green play area, a tree house and gate lodge.

Martinstown Stud, Kilmallock, Limerick

Arguably Ireland's biggest home, at more than 20 times the size of an ordinary four-bedder, billionaire JP McManus' stunning pile has nine bedrooms, a gym, swimming pool, sauna, steam room, full-size cinema, therapy room and wine cellar.

Built for €12m, the 38,372 sq.ft mansion also has plant rooms, snooker room, a six-car basement car park and a trophy room.

Cheshire House, Eaton Square, Belgravia, London SW1

Having reportedly paid £3m for it in 1997, property developer Noel Smyth renovated this former Irish Club building, saving it from 40 years of office use and transforming it into a luxury six-storey Victorian home in one of London's top addresses. It has six bedrooms, six reception rooms, a gym, spa pool and a separate mews house to the rear.

The Wentworth Estate, Surrey, England

Keen golfer and Tullow Oil boss Aidan Heavey owns a house at the heart of the prestigious 1,750-acre Wentworth Estate, where homes sell for up to £10m.

Within commuting distance of the City, among the three courses on his doorstep is the Championship West Course.

The San Remo, Central Park West, New York

One of the most desirable apartment buildings in Manhattan on the Big Apple's Upper West Side, whose residents include Bono, Demi Moore and Steven Spielberg, the best homes here -- complete with frosted glass, terrazzo floors and marble walls -- cost anywhere between €11m and €15m. The management committee vets all prospective buyers, so pre-purchase deportment classes are recommended.

Stackallen House, Slane, Co Meath

Glen Dimplex founder Martin Naughton spent almost €5m restoring this pre-Palladian mansion, which dates back to 1716 and sits on 500 acres.

Although the work included natural materials, original craftsmanship and detail - plus six years' restoration of the stunning gardens - more modern features included the addition of a swimming pool and The Energy Bar, a personal pub for the heating and electrics tycoon.

Oakfield Park, Raphoe, Donegal

Home to Donegal native businessman Gerry Robinson -- who also owns a mansion in Holland Park, West London -- Oakfield Park is a stunning former 18th Century Deanery located in over 100 acres of parkland and mature woodland.

With the gardens open to the public between May and August, there is also a miniature private railway that winds its way over 4km of track that overlooks the flower meadows, lakes and streams, wild and wetland areas that make up Robinson's modest garden.

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