Exclusive Dalkey five-bedroom home - complete with Turkish steam room - for €2.4m
Villa is one of two in Ireland's smallest gated scheme
One of the most beautiful homes in Dalkey, Co Dublin is Victoria House, an 1860s-built fairytale mansion with a turreted tower at its centre on Coliemore Road.
It had long been owned by the Lenehan hardware family - from the 1940s until they sold it finally for €5.5m in the late Noughties. But not before they cashed in massively by slicing no less than 11 separate development sites off the property's grounds over the years - and selling them at top dollar prices, many during the Celtic Tiger period.
One of the very last plots disposed before selling out completely was the home's former orchard located round the back at Green Road - this sliver of land earned them €2.7m. It was bought by two developers who obtained permission for a small exclusive gated scheme of four ultra-modern large homes.
The first to be completed in 2005 was West House, purchased in 2004 by its now owners who bought before completion. They moved in the following year at a time when the Celtic Tiger was still coughing out lashings of easy credit for builders. The second luxury abode, East House, was completed shortly afterwards in its location around 30ft away.
But then the crash landed and the developers began to experience bother with their bank. As a result the last two homes have never been started. So this site has an East and West, but there's no North or South and now planning permission has expired for the last two properties.
It means the owners of West House found themselves in what surely must be Ireland's smallest (two houses only) and therefore perhaps its most exclusive gated scheme.
Designed by Deaton Lysaght Architects, West House is a 4,000 sq ft detached house spanning over three floors and, as a result, offers a huge spread of contemporary well lit and well insulated (B2) modern space. In an exclusive and sought after area filled almost exclusively with draughty and musty old period homes, modernity was what attracted the owners to purchase West House in the first place.
Another feature that sets West House out from the Dalkey posse is its cut-sandstone clad frontage. This came about because one of the developers, an Englishman, has also been a trainer in stone block setting at a college in Nottingham. In this case he did all the work himself. The location is second to none for exclusivity - Ireland's most expensive property, the seafront Inniscorrig, currently for sale at €10.5 million, is located just a few hundred yards away.
The entrance hall is accessed by a sweep of steps to the wrap-around balcony, which takes in some very special sea views. There's a double-height atrium hallway, a dual aspect formal reception running the entire width of the property and access to the viewing balcony. There's a contemporary kitchen and living room also on the balcony floor and a utility room off the kitchen, guest WC, a cloakroom and an ensuite double bedroom at the rear of the property on this floor.
An oak staircase with stainless steel handrails and glass panels leads to the second floor with four double bedrooms, one of which has a private balcony and a large, luxurious family bathroom with a corner Jacuzzi bath.
The fifth bedroom, the master chamber, has a sizeable walk-in wardrobe, fitted wardrobes as well as an ensuite and a private balcony with sea views. At garden level the accommodation extends to an office/study, storage room and a mosaic tiled Turkish steam room with built-in seating. There's a big family room with the option to convert into a gym or cinema. The site has a raised garden terrace, a large outbuilding and electronic gated access.
Green Road, Dalkey, Co Dublin
Asking price: €2.4m
Agent: Colliers International (01) 6333700