In Pictures: Dutch-inspired home in Dublin 6 on the market for €2.375m
No1 offers a big alternative to period red-brick in D6
ASIDE from the Dublin 4 embassy belt, which includes Shrewsbury and Ailesbury Roads, the next most expensive homes in Dublin are to be found in the Palmerston/Dartry enclave of Dublin 6.
Earlier this year, former Paddy Power boss Patrick Kennedy paid €10.225m for a detached house on Temple Road. A period property at 1 Temple Gardens was reported to have sold for more than €5m and agents have been seeking €6.95m for High Cross, a detached house again on Temple Road.
The Dartry area is stuffed with late Victorian and Edwardian homes constructed for Dublin's one-time captains of industry and retail. One hundred and fifty years ago, Dartry was on the outskirts of the city and offered a chance to build homes which were generally larger and on bigger sites than those closer to town. Among the best known residents historically was William Martin Murphy, former owner of the Freeman's Journal, whose Dublin tram company also had its south main depot here.
Generally speaking, those who want a substantial trophy home in the area today would normally require the equivalent of an upper end National Lottery win to be in with a chance of taking the keys to one of Dartry's detached properties. The alternative is to shell out €2.375m for a brand new version on a smaller site - this is the price of Inis Ealga, the very first home in Dartry coming from town, located at No1 Dartry Road.
The three-storey property is constructed in an Edwardian and Dutch-inspired period style. It was built by the current owners in 2003 after they acquired a bungalow on the site which was advertised for sale at just over €700,000. They promptly knocked it down and built the current residence which stands at 4,478 sq ft - more than four times the size of an average family home.
The entrance hall comes with a genuine 16th century Dutch front door and the floor is in Porselanosa tiles. The main feature here is the handcrafted oak staircase. From here, solid oak double doors lead through to the lounge and dining room, also tiled in Porselanosa, and there's a French limestone mantle with black slate hearth.
The television room has a wood-style laminate flooring and also comes with a fireplace with French limestone mantle. The entrance floor also has a guest wc and a utility room. From the hall, you enter the kitchen and breakfast room, which has a sunroom area off it. The kitchen is fully bespoke and comes with polished stone countertops, a deep sink with mixer tap, and eye and floor-level high gloss units.
There's a Siemens five ring electric hob with chrome extractor overhead, a dishwasher, a Siemens oven and a microwave, a Siemens American chrome fridge freezer -all integrated. The breakfast counter has a hob, sink, drainer and hose mixer tap. There's also a four-oven Aga with extractor and warming plates.
There's a door out from this floor to the double garage, which has an electronic door and loft storage overhead. Upstairs on the first floor, the master bedroom is double sized and comes with its own ensuite which includes his and hers wash hand basins, a bidet, a Jacuzzi bath and a cubicle-housed power shower. The master chamber also has its own dressing room. Bedroom two has an ensuite with a power shower. There's also a cinema room on this floor, which could easily provide a fifth bedroom if required. This leads into a self contained home office. There are two more bedrooms up on the second floor as well as a 'Jack and Jill' bathroom. The house benefits from laundry chutes from both upper floors to the downstairs utility, a centralised vacuum system and ceilings that are over 10ft high.
At 13 years old, it'll have a lot less bother to iron out than its 100-plus-year-old neighbours.
Inis Ealga, 1 Dartry Road, Dartry, Dublin 6
Asking price: €2.375m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4969909