Sunday 18 August 2019

New home view: A taste of Italy in Dalkey

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The sea views from the dining area
The sea views from the dining area
Cliffside terrace: The homes at Enderly are on an elevated site

Gabrielle Monaghan

Dalkey has traditionally had a distinctive Italian flavour, with coastal road names such as Vico Road and Sorrento Road. During the 18th and early 19th century, affluent residents would go on a Grand Tour through France and Italy and noted a similarity between the bay here and the Bay of Naples. This inspired them to give their Dalkey villas Italianate place-names.

So it's no surprise that the developer of Enderly in Dalkey paid homage to the cliffside terraces of Sorrento on the Almafi Coast when naming the house type for three homes built right into a granite cliff, at the highest point of the site.

To maximise views across from this perch above Dublin Bay, the layouts of the three-storey-over-basement Sorrento homes were flipped. Because of this upside-down layout, the kitchen/diner/lounge is on the top floor, where it looks out on to Dalkey Island and across to Howth. No 17, a new Sorrento showhouse spanning a whopping 3,776 sq ft, is the last property to go on the market at the 18-unit scheme, with No 18, a neighbouring Sorrento style, having previously fetched €2.5m. And the builders of No 17 have saved the priciest pad for last - the showhouse and its contents are selling for €2.6m.

The final property has high-end flourishes, such as a basement cinema and an internal elevator between all floors, including the underground carpark. Its facade is finished in St Ives Cream Rustica brick imported from Belgium, and there is Moleanos limestone from Portugal to the surrounds of the triple-glazed alu-clad windows from Carlson. 

Cliffside terrace: The homes at Enderly are on an elevated site
Cliffside terrace: The homes at Enderly are on an elevated site

The top-floor kitchen/diner has a set of sliding glass doors from its lounge area that leads to a rear south-facing garden; this tiered garden has its own fire pit - the garden feature du jour. Another set of sliding doors opens from the kitchen, which is fitted with Pedini units from Italy and integrated Siemens appliances, on to a front terrace with glass balustrades and sea views.

Three double bedrooms - including one ensuite - and a family bathroom are located on the first floor, while the ground floor has a bathroom, a bedroom, and a sitting room. The master bedroom has sea views and an anthracite-grey walk-through wardrobe that leads to a masculine, uber-contemporary ensuite with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware.

Other interior touches include Lutron architectural lighting, recessed electric blinds, and in-ceiling speakers throughout the home. Outside, the electric car charging point is capable of charging a vast array of e-car models, while PV panels on the roof generate power.

The land on which Enderly sits is called after an old estate of the same name. The protected structure, used in the making of Da - the film adaptation of Hugh Leonard's play about his father, starring Martin Sheen - was renamed Santa Maria after it was bought by couturier Marjorie Boland after World War II.

In 2008, a group of investors paid more than €20m for a site to the rear of Santa Maria, but the property crash put paid to progress. The elevated site was bought in 2011 by Twinlite and in 2015, the developer set about the painstaking process of excavating the land, which sat atop a massive bed of silver granite. During the largest rock excavation ever carried out for an Irish residential scheme, enough granite to fill 116 double-decker buses was broken up and removed, with the help of equipment specially imported from Japan. The scheme was quietly released to the market in 2017.

As well as No 17, No 13 and 14 Enderly are still on the market. The two properties, from the Torca design, are priced from €1.15m and €1.2m, respectively. No 13 measures 1,913 sq ft while No 14 is a tad larger at 1,974 sq ft.

Enderley is situated off Cunningham Drive, about 400m from the centre of the coastal village and its Dart station.

Viewings are by appointment.


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