Dublin city council granted planning permission to builders Ardmore in 1997 to demolish Belleville House, near the Ashtown Gate of Phoenix Park in Dublin 7.
It made way for the Belleville development of apartments and houses, although the gate lodge to the old house, and its entrance pillars topped with eagles, still remain.
The apartments are in four blocks, and No99 is the penthouse in the southernmost block, nearest the Blackhorse Avenue entrance. This means there are great views south from here over Phoenix Park, and the park entrance is just across the street.
It occupies the whole of the top floor (which is the second floor in this case) and takes up a whopping 3,014 sq ft, which means it's about twice the size of a typical family home. And as it's the entire top floor, it has windows on all four sides, with balconies on three of them.
You get in by means of a key-operated lift and find yourself in the entrance hall, with bedrooms to one side and living rooms to the other, all done out in a classical style.
There are three bedrooms, all en-suite and the main one with an en-suite jacuzzi bath and shower and a dressing room. Two of the bedrooms give onto balconies, while the master bedroom has three sets of French doors to two balconies.
The main living room also has two separate balconies, and overlooks the park. It has an electric-fitted marble fireplace and double doors to the dual-aspect dining room, also with balcony access.
The kitchen has maple cabinets with granite countertops and a Belfast sink, and there's a seating area around the east-facing window. There's also a study with balcony access.
No99 Belleville is for sale for €850k with Sherry FitzGerald Castleknock (01) 820 1800.
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