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VIDEO: Killiney €1.5m home with divine 360° views hits the market

Despite rampant rises in the Dublin property market over the last two to three years, it's easy to forget how prices at the top end have fallen back so hard.

Take Church Road Killiney for example, which is on the market at €1.495m at the moment. Back in the heady days of 2007, the same property was on offer for €4.75m.

So is it a good buy today at over 30pc off?

Battleford is, by any measure, a very large house. With just over 5,000 sq ft of floor space, and occupying a site of an acre of mature Killiney real estate, the house is five times the size of the average Dublin semi.

Located behind wooden gates on a private laneway off Church Road and a few doors along from St. Matthias Church, this house bears little resemblance to the original dwelling that it replaced back in the Tiger years.

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Battleford in Killiney

Battleford in Killiney

The playroom in Battleford

The playroom in Battleford

Battleford living room

Battleford living room

Dressing room

Dressing room

One of the ensuites

One of the ensuites

The open-plan kitchen

The open-plan kitchen

The landing in Battleford

The landing in Battleford

Battleford terrace

Battleford terrace

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Battleford in Killiney

A two-storey detached house with a wraparound veranda at first-floor level, Battleford almost falls into the 'international-style' category of architecture and appears to be in good condition.

The gardens surround the house with substantially more to the front than to the rear and so it is secluded and set back a distance from the road. On a winter's day there are piles of leaves everywhere, and it takes a bit of imagination to picture the gardens as they must be in their early summer glory.

Inside the house feels luxurious, as if no expense were spared in its remodeling and fitting. The entrance hall leads, via glazed double doors, to a large, marble-tiled central hallway that the estate agents term the dining hall and which feels quite grand. Surrounded by a galleried staircase in steamed beech, the space is wired for sound and is lit from above by eight Pilkington glass Velux windows.

The fact that these are described as self-cleaning will come as a relief to any intending purchaser.

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To the right of the dining hall and with windows overlooking the front garden is a reception room with a cherry-wood floor and a sandstone fireplace fitted for gas. Adjacent is an enormous utility/boot room that is bigger than many family kitchens, with built-in cupboards and granite worktops, off which is a separate lavatory.

The study next door has a range of custom-made units and is set out as a generous working space for two people.

It has the look of a mysterious private hedge-fund. A door opens on to the garden at the rear.

Moving on around the back of the house in an anti-clockwise direction, the next room is a family room with another sandstone fireplace, and double doors which lead onto the enclosed triangular sun deck to the rear of the property.

The kitchen/breakfast room is lit from above and fitted with US maple units and Silkstone worktops designed by furniture-makers Dave and Sue Prickett.

This too opens out onto the deck and also onto a patio area to the side.

Some appliances are included in the sale. A back kitchen will appeal to purchasers who like to employ the services of outside caterers. One further reception room on the ground floor, which also opens out onto the patio, could be used as either a dining room or playroom. There is also a bathroom with Jacuzzi bath and a storeroom on the ground floor.

Upstairs, a galleried landing lends a sense of space and light. Four double bedrooms, all ensuite, have access directly onto the veranda, which must be glorious in summer but at this time of year is treacherously slippery.

The standard of the bathrooms is universally high and they are in pristine condition. The master bathroom has a double power shower with body jets as well as an enormous bath, and the dressing room could double as a modest-sized department store (subject to planning permission, of course.) A further room with windows on three sides and a double-height ceiling is described as a library but could be used perhaps as an additional bedroom.

Battleford has a good BER rating of B3 and under-floor gas central heating on the ground floor with radiators on the first floor. There is a CCTV system installed.In terms of location, Battleford is situated close to the village of Ballybrack. This makes it handy for day-to-day supermarket shopping at Tesco, or at Killiney Shopping Centre at the Graduate roundabout, but more of a schlep to the desirable restaurants and pubs of Dalkey.

It is, however, very convenient to the N11 and M50, and the DART station at Killiney is within walking distance, thus enabling access to a wide range of schools located along the coast.

Holy Child, Killiney, and St Joseph of Cluny girls' schools are also within walking or cycling distance, as are several national schools. Killiney Golf Club is close, as are Killiney Beach and the Hill, for bracing walks, whatever the prevailing climate.

Battleford, Church Road, Killiney, Co Dublin. Asking price: €1.495m.

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 275 1000


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