The Irish home Chloe Grace Moretz offered to rent at €20,000 a month - but the owners turned her down
Choosy landlords can even turn down €20k per month from Hollywood stars
This is the Dublin 6 home that Kick-Ass actress Chloe Grace Moretz offered to rent earlier this year at €20,000 per month - but was turned down by the owners on the grounds that the 20-year-old was "too young".
Sources close to the property said that the owners had a preference for the corporate market and said their decision did not reflect on the actress, but rather on the owner's preferences for a more mature tenant type.
The Atlanta born star of the tongue-in-cheek super hero movie has been in Dublin filming for Neil Jordan's The Widow. She also hit headlines in recent months for her relationship with Brooklyn Beckham, the son of David and Victoria Beckham. The couple have captured city hearts by eschewing the red carpet and mingling freely on St Stephen's Green and openly in Dublin bars during their time here.
The €20k refusal reflects a tightening for demand for top lets in Dublin's competitive rental market where five properties are currently being advertised seeking €10,000 or more per month.
Malakoff Villa is an 1860 built and recently restored home in upmarket Rathgar in Dublin 6. It is located close to the newly buzzing centre of Rathmines where the actress and her beau would have felt right at home.
Rathmines enjoys lively cocktail bars like the Madison and has seen the opening of a plush new gigs venue, The Bowery. In recent weeks the refurbished Stella cinema cocktail bar opened its doors and this is soon to be followed by a branch of Fallon & Byrne.
Malakoff Villa comes with five double bedrooms and four luxurious bathrooms - including designer suites with stand-alone baths and accompanying wet rooms. The lower floor has a huge open plan Miele fitted kitchen/dining room and family room area which opens out on to a private rear patio.
In their search for an older client, the Five Star agency has reduced the rent to €12,000. However, with rentals in relative short supply at the moment, top-end landlords can afford to be ultra choosey about who they pick to live in their abodes. Many prefer the more staid corporate executive market to the potential of vivacious Hollywood stars who might like to party.
With the number of film projects in Ireland on the increase, more long-stay visits from executives associated with Irish-based multinationals and hotel prices surging, the top end of the lettings market in Dublin has gone "through the roof", according to one agent, who says 80pc of the medium- to short-let business being done is "behind closed doors" on luxury homes which are not listed.
The Dalkey/Killiney based agent who did not want to be named said that €20,000 per week was the very top end of the scale and that €10,000 to €20,000 per month was no longer unusual in the top home bracket. Guinness family member Garech Browne's luxury home Luggala in north Wicklow has been offered at €80,000 per month.
Currently there are five publicly advertised properties in Dublin advertised at €10,000 per month or more - the price of good second hand car.
Also in Dublin 6 is a double-fronted restored period home at Sandyford Road which is within easy reach of the city centre and close to the hotspots of Ranelagh such as McSorley's pub which is popular with international rugby stars.
The refurbished six-bedroom home is available through Sherry FitzGerald Lettings at €10,000 per month and at three times the size of an average family home it comes with five bathrooms, some arresting crystal chandeliers and the cornicing and period features associated with a home of its age.
One of its big attractions is a huge balcony of almost 700 sq ft at the rear for entertaining al fresco. At ground level there is the bespoke kitchen, with a feature island, marble counters and a full range of high end appliances to include a range oven; a further dining/living area complete this room.
Meantime on the embassy belt at Ailesbury Road in Dublin 4 Knight Frank is seeking a heftier €15,000 per month for a period home with six bedrooms and six bathrooms.
The period red brick is five times the size of an average family dwelling and in an area in which the neighbours comprise business leaders and ambassadors, it would be ideal for a multi national corporate executive and his or her family. Three main reception rooms make this house perfect also for entertaining. Further afield, a modern four bedroom apartment in Dalkey is seeking €10,000 per month as well as a down payment deposit of €15,000 for the unit which has eagle's nest views of the sea. The apartment is being let by Thom Burke Kennedy.
Finally, a period house nearby in Dalkey is being offered by agent Nick Crawford at €15,000 per month. The property, which it is claimed dates from the mid 17th Century has eight bedrooms and three bathrooms.
As with the apartment, no roads or house numbers are listed to protect the privacy of both the owners and prospective tenants to be.