Monday 12 November 2018

Vincent Browne sells Dalkey mansion.... at last

Vincent Browne's has sold his multi-million Victorian semi-detached home in Dalkey
Vincent Browne's has sold his multi-million Victorian semi-detached home in Dalkey
Broadcaster and journalist Vincent Browne. Photo: Collins

Ailish O’Hora

Broadcaster and journalist Vincent Browne has sold his multi-million Victorian semi-detached home in Dalkey - nine months after putting it on the market, has learned.

Mr Browne and his wife Jean put the house on the market asking €3.25m at the end of last year in a bid to raise cash to pay off debts estimated at €1.5m, to buy a smaller property and provide for a pension.

It is not yet known how much the six-bedroom, semi-detached house with a garden that runs down to the sea sold for.

However, estate agents said that in the current economic climate it is unlikely the full asking price was reached.

“Yes we sold the house,” he told last night although he would not be drawn on price.

Mr Browne, and his wife Jean, bought the semi-detached home on Coliemore Road, for €94,000 (€119,000) in 1987.

He said in an earlier interview that the he has known for years that they had no other choice but to sell the house.

Mr Browne added that the money is needed to pay off debts accrued from the establishment of Village magazine and also to provide for a pension.

The TV3 broadcaster and Irish Times columnist, was the founding editor of Village magazine in 2004.

While it ceased publishing in 2008, it was later revived under new editor Michael Smith.

The house called Atlanta, at 37 Coliemore Road, is one of a pair of tall houses which are sheltered by trees at the front.

It has a sweep of terraced gardens down to the rocky coastline at the rear and with views of Dalkey Island.

The 320sq m (3,444sq ft), three-storey house has four reception rooms and a family kitchen with a sea-facing balcony and spiral steps to the garden.

Built in 1870, Atlanta is understood to have begun life as a holiday home.

By 1926 it had become the property of Thomas Hamilton, who left it to his daughter Aileen Hamilton.

When the house became too large for her, she shared it with the late food writer Theodora FitzGibbon and her husband, film-maker George Morrison.

Mr Browne and his wife bought the house from Aileen Hamilton in 1987.

There is evidence of the house’s pedigree throughout including mahogany doors, marble fireplaces, original tiles and curves of bay windows with views of Dalkey Island.

The interconnecting drawing and dining rooms are particularly traditional.

Running from front to rear, they have matching marble fireplaces, high ceilings with decorative coving, mahogany doors and the drama of a bay window.

The kitchen, includes a Rayburn range and there is another double reception room at garden level, running the width of the house.

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