From the makers of Google's Monte Vetro
Those looking for a modern architect-designed home of distinction in the Silchester area of Glenageary won't have had a lot of choice in this exclusive enclave of largely eminent old period properties and 1960s semis.
But thanks to the efforts of local builder Bryan Molloy, there's a smart and recently completed luxury property on offer. Measuring 2,021 sq ft - almost twice the size of an average family semi - this property at Silchester Crescent has just completed in a quiet cul de sac between Silchester Road and Silchester Park. It's priced at €1.1m - comparable to some of the area's similar sized period homes. But with an A3 BER rating, the energy costs will be a fraction of what you'd pay living in a "golden oldie".
The house and its juxtaposed adjoining twin (which runs perpendicular to it), came into being thanks to a complex set of random circumstances which included a boom era auction of the site at the end of Molloy's back garden, a drawn out ground rent legacy and the effects of the economic downturn.
"I bought my home on Silchester Road around 2004 in an executor sale. The previous owner had bought out the ground rent on most of the property - apart, that is, from a big chunk of the site at the end of the garden," says Molloy who specialises in shop fit and builds.
Despite it being a part of his garden, the leased end segment was brought to auction in 2006 at the height of the market. Mr Molloy attended and bought it, but at a big price - €1.1m. The following year he set about getting planning permission but his first two-storey-over-basement scheme was labelled overly ambitious by planners. "It took me fours years to get permission in the end," says Molloy who eventually called in his friend, the architect Michael Hussey of O'Mahony Pike, to help negotiate the system.
The well-known firm has designed many of modern Dublin's landmark buildings and complexes including the Millennium Tower at Charlotte Quay, Monte Vetro (the landmark Google Headquarters which is currently Dublin's tallest building and even an entire town), and the Adamstown scheme in South Dublin which blueprinted a development of 30,000 homes and surrounding infrastructure and services in the south county area.
Hussey's experience and ingenuity paid off and permission was granted for two semi-detached luxury homes with cleverly overlapping rooms to maximise the space on site.
However by the time the permission was given the property market had crashed and prices were at their lowest ebb. Meantime Molloy's own work opportunities had also been butchered. He didn't have any choice but to start work himself on the two houses.
"I wasn't in trouble with the banks but quite simply I had no money. I was lucky to have an SSIA to cash in and I used it to buy a load of blocks and cement and got myself onsite and started building."
Doing it a bit at a time and largely on his own, it took Molloy two years to complete both properties, but in the intervening period, property prices had started to rise again.
The builder finished off the first house earlier this year and recently let it to a leading worldwide financial institution. He had been asking a rent of €5,000 per month. Now he's selling the second property, which has the most frontage onto the main road.
Built to a high specification, the four-bedroom home includes high levels of insulation including 12 inches incorporated under the zinc roof. The property has Ecco Living underfloor heating in the kitchen and its entrance has electric gates.
It has a wood burning stove and a large kitchen and dining room, the former with an American style fridge freezer and Neff appliances, and the latter with sliding glass doors to the patio and garden areas.
The main living room, currently staged with classic modernist furniture (also for sale if the buyer wants it) is perfect for entertaining on a grand scale.
There's a smaller family room for those who want to get away from the bustle and this house also has three bathrooms. Bleached oakwood floors are also used in many of the rooms, adding Scandinavian effect.
All four bedrooms are doubles, and there's an impressive en-suite off the master chamber which comes with a walk in shower/wet room set up.
The house is located adjacent to the Glenageary Tennis Club and a short stroll to Glasthule Village, which hosts a selection of well-known restaurants as well as being within ten minutes' walk of the seafront and five minutes from Glenageary DART station.
Best of all, if you ever have any problems, its owner Bryan Molloy has given the best guarantee any builder can give - living in the house behind and adjoining.
McMahon O'Connor Residential (01) 2780400 seeks €1.1m.