In Pictures: The €1.6m Sutton showstopper with views over Dublin Bay
Contemporary design makes a comeback in Dublin 13
Sutton and Howth have long had a tradition of showcasing some of the edgiest contemporary residential design, largely through the architect-designed homes constructed here through the 1960s and 1970s by big names with international experience, like Andy Devane who studied with the master architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
So it's good to see some internationally inspired modern design making a comeback here with last year's launch of the pocket scheme of five contemporary homes at Cluain Aedin at Carrickbrack on the Carrickbrack Road in Sutton, Dublin 13.
These were designed in 2008 by architect Orla FitzGerald, previously a founding member of O'Mahony and Pike. She is well known for her residential designs having picked up her expertise also working in London, the USA and the Middle East.
The homes were designed for the original site owners who, after the dust of the property crash had settled, sold the land on with the designs attached to the scheme's developers. Ms FitzGerald says: "Carrickbrack Road is a high spec residential development of five bespoke houses that cascade down a hillside site, all using the same palette of materials. The houses are sensitively integrated into the existing context and the landscaping will give each house its own identity."
The houses went on the market in November last and two of the 3,111 sq ft residences have sold. Now the scheme's flagship property - the showhouse - which has been furnished from top to toe by Ventura, is available for sale with all furniture, soft fittings and lighting included.
Ventura's design brief was to create a relaxed and contemporary environment to compliment the architecture and to create a "flow" through the house using high end furnishings, textiles, lighting and paint tones.
They worked in rich herringbones, silk rugs, customised dining tables, bespoke sofas and contemporary lighting. The furnished showhouse costs €1.6m.
Like the other four, it comes with a half acre site attached with elevated sea views across the bay from Killiney in the south across to Bull Island.
One of the big pluses here is the very high A2 BER which has been achieved using Passive house standard Alu Clad doors and windows, a heat recovery ventilation system which uses the outgoing hot air to heat that coming in.
There's a super high level of insulation throughout and all the house's openings are sealed with the industry's highest methods of air tightness.
A ReCentral Heating System delivers high-efficiency precision control to ground and first floor zones to save wasting energy by unbalanced heat delivery. In addition to the two heating zones, all radiators are fitted with thermostatic values to provide easy-to-use additional room by room control.
Enter into a hall with the largest room to your left - this is 18ft wide and 36ft long and this area includes the kitchen, the dining space and a spacious living and family room area.
Off the kitchen is the utility room and a control room for the home's comms and electronic systems. To the right, off the hall, is the living room and there are two bedrooms on this floor. The master chamber comes with a contemporary ensuite as well as its own dressing room. Bedroom two has an ensuite. On the next floor are two more bedrooms, both of which are ensuite, and a giant sized fifth bedroom, which can also double as another reception room, as well as a family bathroom.
From the Carrickbrack Road, you can avail of the cafes, restaurants, shops, and boutiques of Howth Village and the peninsula provides some of Dublin's most awe-inspiring cliff walks.
Carrickbrack Rd, Sutton, Dublin 13
Asking price: €1.6m
Agent: Murphy Mullan and Colliers (01) 5620917 (01) 6333700