4 of a kind... with garages
Hendre, St George's Avenue, Killiney, Co Dublin €3.9m
A garage in which to park the Tesla may not be top of the list of requirements for house-hunters in the market for a modernist mansion inspired by the work of Mies van der Rohe, but it's nice for them to know that it's there should they ever need it.
Hendre, in Killiney, has been designed to maximise the natural light reflecting up the hill from Killiney Bay below and features full-height glass walls and windows. The house sits on the site of what was Lt Col E Watson's 1906 estate, but was completely rebuilt in 2007 by architects Smith and Kennedy and renovated again in 2014.
With 637sqm of living space, the brief to the architects was that the house encompasses communal and private spaces for both work and leisure, so it can function as both a family and corporate space. The living space is arranged over three floors that cascade down the wooded site, with views out to the sea from all the principal rooms. At garden level, there are four en-suite bedrooms, as well as a large home cinema, office with double-desk space, private conference room, gym, and spa bathroom with sauna and steam room. The mezzanine floor is the main living space - there is a magnificent kitchen - and connects with a 118sqm entertaining terrace outside, while the first floor is taken up with the two-bedroom master suite.
Hendre stands on gardens of just over an acre, planted with a selection of minimalist, contemporary and low-maintenance rockery-style gardens, specimen-grade mature trees, herbaceous borders, and grass areas.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 275 1000
Commute from Clontarf
No 82 Kincora Grove in Clontarf is a double-fronted five-bedroom family home in a great location at the top of Kincora Grove adjacent to Castle Avenue and the Stiles Road. The house has been in the same family's ownership since new and is now rather dated, although it was been well-maintained over the years. New owners will be able to re-imagine the property as a modern home suited to contemporary family life. On the ground floor there's a living room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast room, while upstairs there are five bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside there are gardens front and rear, plus a storage shed and a garage which could either be retained or incorporated into an extension. Clontarf is an easy commute to the city.
Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000
Handy for Howth
Roslyn is an elegant Victorian house on the water at Claremont Road, located close to both Howth Village and Sutton Cross and with stone steps leading directly from the .75 acre garden down to Burrow Beach. Roslyn is approached by a private driveway, with a front garden mainly in lawn and a small orchard near to the entrance. The driveway leads to a courtyard area with a double garage and workshop, above which is a sun deck. Dating from around 1870, the two-storey over basement house is awash with period features - high ceilings, ornate cornicing, marble and cast-iron fireplaces - and has 270sqm of living space. The views from the principal rooms take in Ireland's Eye, Lambay Island, the sandy beach at Portmarnock and the Malahide coastline.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc (01) 845 4500
Close to Cabinteely
No 28 Granville Road in Cabinteely is a four-bedroom semi-detached house with 130sqm of living space plus a garage of 12.2sqm. The house is in good condition throughout, located a short walk from Cabinteely Village. There is room to extend (subject to planning permission) by converting the storage rooms below the property along with the attic space and garage. As currently configured, there's a drawing room with solid fuel stove connecting through to a family room, and a large kitchen/breakfast room with hand-crafted units and access to the rear garden, plus four bedrooms and a family bathroom. Outside, there is off-street parking for three cars, and pedestrian side-access to the south-west facing garden with mature beds and specimen trees.
Agent: Hunters (01) 275 1640