Snap up the Sandymount home featured in RTE's 'Home of the Year' for €1.7m
Designer's pad makes the grade in Irish 'Home of the Year'
It was compulsory viewing for Ireland's desperate house spies - those of us addicted to poring over the exotic exposed abodes of others, whether laid bare in glossy magazines, supplements, on tablet or tv screen.
Last night's grand finale of RTE's Home of the Year pitched seven top-stream homes against one another from all corners of Ireland as judged by a panel of three experts.
The eight-part series threw open the doors of 21 specially selected Irish residences, providing a concentrated visual sugar rush for hardened cases - the sort among us who spend nights trolling the property portal listings, evenings walking the dog through urban estates for a fleeting squint at someone else's exotic soft furnishings and weekends at open house viewings pretending to be home hunters.
The promo proclaimed that HOTY "features homeowners around Ireland who have done something extraordinary to the place they call home" and the elimination format was "Masterchef" with terraces instead of terrines, "The Apprentice" with penthouses in place of ruthless razors in suits and "Big Brother" filled with sumptuous semis instead of vacuous exhibitionistas.
From the four corners of the sod, researchers assembled the choice shortlist - from lofty period dwellings in the cities to ultra energy efficient new builds in remoter rural parts. There was even a defrocked church for those who like that sort of thing.
The jury of interior designer Hugh Wallace, award winning architect Declan O'Donnell and textiles and homewares designer Helen James whittled the homes down to one finalist each week until we were left with last night's penultimate seven.
For those who didn't see it, you can catch up on the outcome, and indeed the entire series, on the RTE Player. We won't spoil the results for you here.
As it happens just one of last night's seven finalists is for sale - the D4 showcase home of professional interior designer Carla Benedetti and photographer Jason Kavanagh, now on offer through Lisney for €1.7m.
The two-storey over-basement period terrace at 81 Tritonville Road in Sandymount, Dublin 4 has been decorated in accordance with Benedetti's personal tastes, and has become a shop window for her professional skills.
Amidst a sea of beige and white minimalism which dominates high-end interior today, Benedetti's blast of colours, textures mix effortlessly with chosen anchor pieces of character and whimsy.
She shows how a big city Victorian can be contemporarily vibrant and bright while very much maintaining its aged character. So what inspired this home?
"I think when you are working through an interior, you should have fun. In my case there was no grand plan - I just picked up pieces as I went along," she said.
"I like to mix old and new in a playful way. Because I was my own client, I could express freely without any restrictions."
The Roscommon-born Benedetti hopes to acquire another refurb in Sandymount when number 81 is sold, which measures 2,530 sq ft and has benefitted from a recent architect-led restoration with the addition of a substantial double-height extension.
There are two interlinking reception rooms for entertainment with old wide-board floors.
There's a family bathroom on the return, and three bedrooms. The master chamber has an ensuite bathroom with a double rainmaker shower and a dressing room.
There's an office, and a modern kitchen/dining room with slate floors, and if you want away from the main double receptions there's an additional cosy living room space with a Stanley Stove.
All the fireplaces are original, there's underfloor heating, a Pro Air ventilations system and Cat 6 cabling is installed throughout the home.
81 Tritonville Road
Sandymount, Dublin 4
Asking price: €1.7m
Agent: Lisney (01) 6382700