'It is the perfect home for anyone with daughters whom they want to send to Mount Anville," says the selling agent for Hollywood House on Mount Anville Road in Goatstown.
He's right. Getting to school on time would not be a problem for students lucky enough to be waking up in Hollywood House, located directly across the road from the prestigious girls' secondary school.
Parents would be spared the - not insignificant - daily grind of the school run, in a suburb where morning traffic proceeds at a snail's pace, as junior emperors and empresses in their thousands are chauffeured to their classrooms.
Mount Anville regularly secures a place in the upper echelons of the school league tables, fields successful hockey and debating teams, and releases a clutch of bright and well-spoken "Mounties" into society each year, many of them directly into UCD, which is also within walking distance.
The school is so synonymous with uppercrust south Dublin society that it's even name checked with regularity in the Ross O'Carroll-Kelly books. The Castlerock boy's girlfriend, and later his wife, is a former Mount Anville head girl.
For its part, Hollywood House dates from around 1850, although its appearance is more Georgian country home than Victorian mansion. With 5,000 sq ft of living space, and standing on a site of 1.65 acres, it is a substantial house by any standards.
Hollywood is situated with its back to the busy Mount Anville Road, and its gardens wrap around to the side and front, bisected by a sweeping gravel driveway.
Beyond, lie allotments run by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. The land occupied by these is designated for a new road at some point in the future, when public finances permit. For the moment, though, the allotments generate mountains of organic kale and strawberries destined for the Nutribullets of the green-fingered.
Given the size of Hollywood House's own gardens, it is hardly surprising that the property has some planning history, in terms of attempts to develop the site for housing. The current owner has made several attempts to secure permission, and the house has been let in the meantime.
More recently, the decision has been made to sell. Kevin Hughes, of Hughes Planning and Development Consultants, is quoted on the brochure for the property as saying that the planners have indicated they are 'favourably disposed' to the development of a single 'substantial dwelling' within the grounds, and this is something that new owners may wish to pursue.
Alternatively, they could just forget about development and concentrate on the house itself, which is rather lovely and could be made even better. A flight of granite steps leads up to the original double front door.
The portico and the balustraded terrace to the front and side of the property were probably added at a later date, and are not wholly in sympathy with the plain façade.
Inside, the wide entrance hall retains the original pitch pine broad-plank floorboards, and has some restrained plasterwork and a fine ceiling rose.
To the right of the hall is the formal drawing room, with more original timbers, shuttered windows to the front and side, and a grand white marble fireplace.
Double doors lead to the dining room - currently and pragmatically in a house full of children and teenagers set up with a ping pong table that gets more use than a formal dining room ever would. Shuttered French doors lead directly onto the terrace that runs along the side of the house, and there is also access to the kitchen.
The kitchen has a vaulted ceiling and occupies what would have been the outbuildings to the back of the property. Designed by Andrew Ryan, it features a breakfast bar, smart polished stone worktops and all the usual appliances including a Siemens hob and double oven and an integrated fridge freezer.
The breakfast room leads off the kitchen and there is also a large utility and boot room area with direct access onto Mount Anville Road.
Between the kitchen and breakfast room at the rear, and the family room to the front, is an internal courtyard that could, with a little TLC, make a sheltered barbecue and sitting area. The family room is on the opposite side of the hall to the drawing room, and is another large, high-ceilinged room with period cornicing, shuttered windows and a grey marble fireplace.
Upstairs, Hollywood has four bedrooms. The master suite enjoys a triple aspect and is a vast, light-filled room with an en-suite that has both a free-standing bath and a separate shower. The remaining three bedrooms share a bathroom and separate shower room.
The basement of the house - the original kitchen and cook's quarters, with the old meat store and wine cellars - has been cleared out but remains unrenovated, and could be put to any number of uses.
Mount Anville Road, Goatstown, Dublin 14
Asking price: €2.5m
Agent: Colliers, (01) 633370
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