Peek inside this €2.25m hillside Victorian with views of Killiney Bay and the Sugar Loaf
€700k off renovated period home with bay views
'By the middle of the 19th century, Killiney was firmly established as one of Dublin's most favoured residential quarters and today this reputation remains unchanged as house prices become higher and ever more unreal."
So wrote historian and conservationist Peter Pearson in the introduction to the chapter on Killiney in his book Between The Mountains And The Sea. The revised edition was published in 2007, just before the sky fell in and home values in Killiney, as in every other desirable location, collapsed. Prices have still not recovered in 'Bel Eire' and this is more apparent at the upper end of the residential market where, as estate agents are wont to opine, the air is thinner.
Hillside, a Victorian four-bedroom semi-detached house on Killiney Hill Road, was placed on the market two years ago with an asking price of €2.95m. Having gleaned no takers at that level, the house has now returned through Savills to start 2017 with a cool €700,000 knocked off the original asking price. Today you can get it for €2.25m.
There are several large houses in the area that have lingered on the market for a while, so deep-pocketed buyers on the hunt for a period house in Killiney are currently spoiled for choice.
Hillside is located behind electric gates and up an escalating shared driveway. The most obvious downside to Hillside is that it is semi-detached, but if prospective purchasers can put that to one side, then they will get an awful lot of fine Killiney house and garden for their money.
In fact, they will get two houses, as Hillside actually comes with a separate two-bedroom coach house that would make a granny flat, staff accommodation or, indeed, a rental for additional income via AirBnB or otherwise.
But Hillside's semi detached status also comes with an upside - a great dinner party story. Apparently, a wealthy Victorian father gave the site for the adjoining houses to his two daughters so they could live side by side.
The sisters favoured wholly different architectural styles and so Hillside and its neighbour are not, as would be more usual, a matching pair. Hillside was fully renovated at substantial expense by the current owners when they purchased the house about a decade ago.
The panorama from the house takes in Killiney Hill, the expanse of Killiney Bay and the Sugar Loaf. The bay-windowed drawing room and the master bedroom directly above have the best of the views from the house - from the highest point of the tiered and sloping back garden, they are even more dramatic.
The main house has 4630 sq ft of living space arranged over two floors. The ceilings are high and some period features remain, while new additions include solid oak and polished stone floors, and feature fireplaces. In addition to the large drawing room, the ground floor also has a dining room, family room and hand-made kitchen by John Daly Furniture Craftsmen, plus a separate utility room.
A side staircase leads to a spacious home office with direct access on to the deck and to the back gardens, while the main cantilevered staircase leads to the first floor. Here there are four double bedrooms, all ensuite. The master bedroom has a very large walk-in wardrobe.
With 1.3ac of well-maintained gardens (a professional gardener is retained), Hillside is a house for a family with children young enough to appreciate the freedom that this amount of outdoor space will give them before they turn into teenagers, so wedded to their screens that they never put their noses out of doors.
In terms of schools, Hillside is within walking distance of the mixed Killiney/Glenageary National School and Holy Child Killiney on Military Road. Hillside is also well-located for access to the N11 and M50. Killiney Castle Hotel has a good fitness centre, swimming pool and creche, while Killiney Golf Course is close by and the Cuala GAA Club in Dalkey is one of South County Dublin's most active.
Dalkey village has an array of pubs and restaurants that locals find so beguiling that few of them ever venture any further.
Killiney Hill Road,
Killiney, Co Dublin
Asking price: €2.25m
Agent: Savills (01) 2885011