€1.65m 'future-proofed home' on the market in Dalkey
Modern build in one of Dublin's most exclusive areas is super efficient.
When an architect designs a house for himself or herself, you can take it there will be no shortcuts and everything will have been thought out to the nth degree. You can assume the builder will have had an exacting client, the quality of the finishes will be high, and the house will work in the efficient manner that is a by-product of good design.
WHEN an architect designs a house for himself or herself, you can take it there will be no shortcuts and everything will have been thought out to the nth degree. You can assume the builder will have had an exacting client, the quality of the finishes will be high, and the house will work in the efficient manner that is a by-product of good design.
Ellington, on the right-hand side of Dalkey Avenue as you descend towards the village from Killiney Castle, is no exception. The materials used - from the solid oak timber fire doors throughout, to the stone and tiles in the bathrooms - and the higher-than-normal ceilings give a generous and luxurious feel, and create the impression this is a solid house, intended to last.
Built in 2013, Ellington is one of three 'executive' homes constructed on the site of what was once the 'White House', dating from the 1930s but, says the owner, a house of no particular architectural merit. White House was demolished to make way for this small development of three different, yet complementary, houses. Ellington was the first to be built, and the owner now plans to move into the second, Collingwood, until construction of the third, to be called White House, after the original, is complete.
Dalkey is of course a location with great cachet, but many of the larger homes in the area are period properties, and some families would prefer a new house specifically designed for contemporary living than having to put up with the compromises inherent in an older property.
Ellington's A3 energy rating is something that would be almost impossible to achieve in a period house, and is rare to find in a house of this size, regardless of age. The owner clearly put effort into achieving this, and describes the house as future-proofed, with under-floor heating on the ground floor, solar panels for water-heating, and triple glazing. To put it in persperctive just a half of one percent of Irish homes have managed to pick up an "A" rating while just seven nationwide have the supreme "A1."
Externally, Ellington is part-clad in Dalkey granite dug from the site itself, adjacent to Dalkey quarry, which is no longer active and now used mainly for recreational rock-climbing and abseiling.
To the front of the house is parking for two cars. The entrance hall is large and bright, with a solid oak staircase lit from above ascending through the house. A cloakroom and guest lavatory are located off the hallway. To the right of the hall is the sitting room, with a solid fuel firebox. There is a square bay window to the front of the house and folding screen doors leading to the kitchen/dining area.
The dining area has patio doors to the garden which spans the width of the house and is laid mainly in grass, with some shrubs and trees. It's big enough for kicking a ball, but not so large that looking after it would be onerous.
The smart open-plan kitchen is German, with fitted units and blue-black polished granite work surfaces. The dishwasher and a NordMende oven and hob are included in the sale. A separate utility room has bags of storage space and is plumbed for a washing machine. To the left of the entrance hall is a study with a large window.
On the first floor, there are four double bedrooms, two of which are ensuite. The other two bedrooms share a bathroom, accessed directly from each. There is a fifth ensuite bedroom on the top floor, with great views across the city. Ellington is well located for a family house. There is a choice of national schools (Wyvern, St Patrick's and Harold Boys) and two girls' secondary schools (Loreto Dalkey and St Joseph of Cluny) within walking distance. Proximity to the DART - Dalkey station is a five-minute walk - facilitates access to other secondary schools along the coast, from Holy Child Killiney to Blackrock College and St Andrew's. There is a bus route from the village to the city centre, and AirCoach service to Dublin Airport.
Killiney Hill is adjacent, and one of the only places where dogs are allowed to run free, which makes it a veritable doggy heaven. The fitness club and swimming pool at Killiney Castle are popular with families, while the Cuala GAA Club in the village has an active junior section. Nearby, Dun Laoghaire has four sailing clubs.
Dalkey village is flush with restaurants, coffee shops, pubs, specialty food stores and more than a few celebrity residents. Jaipur serves excellent Indian food, while Select Stores is the place to go for smoothies and green juices. There's a supermarket, butcher, fishmonger, chemists, newsagents and a branch of the Gutter bookshop.
The locals love their village so much it can be hard to get them to ever venture beyond its limits.
Dalkey Avenue, Dalkey, Co Dublin
Asking price: €1.65m
Agent: Vincent Finnegan (01) 298 4695