On the market in Killiney: Five bedroom Dublin home can be yours for €1.35m
2 Montclare Claremont Road, Killiney, Co Dublin €1.35m
'It's like the girl getting ready for her wedding day; she wants to make sure all the details are just right." Developer Adrian Murphy credits his former work as a fashion designer for his eye for detail now in interiors. "If I see a detail somewhere, or a colour, it stays in the head," he says. That eye for detail is evident in the interior of 2 Montclare.
Adrian is also responsible for the restoration of Grattan House in Wicklow, which sold in 2013 for €3.8m. Together with his cousin Brian O'Connell, as A&B Developments, the pair bought Mount Prospect House in Killiney in 2006 for €3m.
It was their first project together - originally the idea was to create something for their children, although the idea of a gift went off the table when they bought in Killiney, laughs Brian. They developed Montclare - a three-house project on the grounds of Mount Prospect - in 2013 having already developed the main house, which is currently for sale for €1.95m. No 3 sold in June this year for €1.275m.
The cousins grew up together, so knew each other well enough to establish an honest, relatively conflict-free working dynamic. "Working with Brian wasn't difficult because he let me do whatever I wanted," Adrian explains of the free rein he enjoyed in creating the interiors. This was helped by their differing skill sets. "I'd be more construction, Adrian is interiors and finish," Brian explains. "He's the stylist and I'm the guy with the shovel."
The development is just off Killiney Hill Road, gated, with two off-street parking spaces for each of the three houses. The cousins are from the area and both have lived in the development until now, Adrian in No 1 and Brian and his wife Mary, who are moving to Glenageary, in No 2. But the family input goes further - Brian's nephew Dave O'Connell, of McCauley Daye O'Connell, was the architect and Adrian's brother is handling the sale.
The three houses are executed in a soothing palette of beige and grey but each has its own character as the design changed slightly from one to the next. "It was a work in progress," says Adrian.
A drawing room, which could also serve as a more formal dining room, leads off the entrance hall. Sliding pocket doors lead to the open-plan main living space, which comprises a sofa and television area, dining area and fitted kitchen with island. A pitched roof with glass panels in the rear of the kitchen - one of Adrian's many touches - ensures maximum light throughout the day. Glass double doors lead onto the south-facing patio garden which is small but gets the sun all day.
Concrete insulated floors help towards a BER rating of A3. All walls are double insulated, there is underfloor heating throughout, an air handling system and 24-hour pressurised hot water. There is only one utility bill, electricity, and Adrian estimates the yearly total is around €1,500.
On the first floor there is a sound-proofed entertainment room, two bedrooms, the main bathroom and a walk-in hot-press. The stairs of stainless steel and glass is just one of the numerous bespoke touches Adrian created. The top floor contains the master bedroom with en suite and sea views. There are two further bedrooms.
For now, the cousins have nothing definite in mind for their next project - but perhaps the ultimate sign of a good working relationship is that both agree they would definitely do it again.
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