Top Deck in D6
A luxury penthouse in Dartry looks down on houses worth €5m to €10m
Dartry in Dublin 6 is a neighbourhood you rarely hear about when top city addresses are being discussed, but to acquire a decent-sized home around here you'll require the equivalent of at least one good-sized Lotto win.
Ailesbury Road and Shrewsbury Road, are the only streets that rank ahead of Dartry's Temple Road and Temple Gardens in the top 10 of Ireland's most expensive streets, the latter two coming third and fourth respectively.
Last year former Paddy Power boss Patrick Kennedy paid €10.225m for a detached house on Temple Road, widely regarded as the Shrewsbury Road of Dublin 6, with some very large period homes of distinction and many of them sitting on huge garden sites.
Most of this street was constructed in the mid-1800s for eminent Dublin merchant families like the Jacobs of biscuit fame. Running between Dartry Road and Richmond Avenue, the road includes the residences of both the Brazilian and Nigerian ambassadors.
May saw Caherdaniel, a new house at 38a list on the property register for almost €3.5m (although it had been offered for €4.5m). The last sale concluded at Temple Gardens, which runs between Palmerston Road and Merton Road, was for just over €4m last September.
Dartry, which neighbours Palmerston, Rathgar, Milltown and Ranelagh, is also located near a slew of south Dublin's top private schools including Gonzaga, St Mary's and Alexandra College. Indeed the former is overlooked by this scheme.
The Milltown Golf Club and its course, one of Ireland's oldest, is just over the River Dodder which itself offers a scenic linear park walk stretching for miles in either direction.
The most popular destinations for socialising around here are the Dropping Well, which is renowned for its food, and Ashtons of Clonskeagh, both on the river.
Entry level houses in Dartry are generally backlane mews affairs and you won't get much change from €1m. Those who buy here are also rather reluctant to move, as evidenced by the fact that only one home - an apartment - is listed for sale on Daft.ie this week. It means that those looking to trade down and hoping to remain in the neighbourhood are faced with big problems.
Downsizers will therefore be interested in a property coming to market this weekend at 27 Brookfield Court on Richmond Avenue South, which was developed in 2006 at the pinnacle of the boom. This means that no expense was spared in its original fit out.
There are only two penthouses in this block (there are two blocks in the scheme) and this one spans 1,728 sq ft, or almost one and a half times the size of a three-bed semi detached family home.
On top of this there is 329 sq ft of outdoor private terrace space and the penthouse comes with two private car parking spaces. Uniquely it is completely detached on all four sides so the neighbouring penthouse owners might be seen occasionally over the roof terrace wall, but they'll never be heard. So not surprisingly, No 27 doesn't come cheap with Sherry FitzGerald asking €1.35m for the keys. But it might seem like a sweet deal for anyone who wants to trade down from one of those €3m to €10m residences that Dartry is falling down with, many of which can be seen from these balconies. The interior comes with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors, a very large open-plan living area and views on one side over the playing fields of Alexandra College and the Dublin Mountains on the other. All three bedrooms are double sized and one is a master suite with walk-in wardrobe and a separate ensuite shower room. The master bedroom also has its own outdoor private sun terrace. The property is equipped with three of these terraces and all are facing in different directions. Down on the ground, the access to Brookfield Court is via both electric pedestrian and vehicle gates. The development is located just off Richmond Avenue South, close to Palmerston Park and the Luas at Milltown.
The main reception is a very long and wide open-plan sitting room/dining room looking out over the school grounds and it comes with a wide-plank floor in oak and a coal effect gas fire.The kitchen/breakfast room has wall and base units in wenge finish with grey granite on the worktop & splash back. The appliances are by Neff.
Dundrum with its well-known shopping centre is two stops away on the Luas and the trip to Stephen's Green is 10 minutes in the opposite direction.
27 Brookfield Court
Asking price: €1.35m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 4969909