The new home view: Address set in stone
Enderly, Dalkey, Co Dublin Asking price: €875,000 to €2.3m Agent: Savills (01) 6181300
During the 1930s and 1940s, the father of the late playwright Hugh Leonard worked as a gardener on the grounds of the Enderly estate off Cunningham Road in Dalkey. The estate's gardens, greenhouses, croquet lawn and tennis court feature in Home Before Night, one of Leonard's two memoirs.
The autobiographical work also recalls the selling of the Victorian red-brick by the Jacobs, the Quaker family for whom Leonard's father worked. The protected structure, also used in the making of Da - the film adaptation of 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.
"Da" could scarcely have believed what would happen to Enderly in the subsequent decades. In 2008, just months before the implosion of the property market, a group of investors paid more than €20m for a site to the rear of Santa Maria, but development never materialised due to the transaction's inauspicious timing. The elevated site was bought in 2011 by Twinlite, the developer behind high-end schemes such as Embassy Court. After a painstaking process that began in 2015, a new scheme called Enderly - inspired by the site's heritage - was quietly unveiled last year.
Preparing the site for development took longer than expected. The plot, close to Dalkey Quarry - sat atop a massive bed of silver granite. During the largest rock excavation ever for an Irish residential scheme, the equivalent volume of 116 double-decker buses worth of granite was broken and removed, with the help of equipment specially imported from Japan.
The result was the first new scheme in Dalkey in more than a decade. Enderly consists of just 18 homes that range in size from 1,500 sq ft to almost 4,000 sq ft. Eleven have already been sold, even though Enderly was never officially launched on the market. Most were bought by locals who happened to be passing the site during construction, though one came from Northern Ireland in search of a EU presence post Brexit.
One of the properties fetched €2.5m, and the remaining seven are priced between €875,000 and €2.3m. There are eight different house types throughout Enderly, all named after local landmarks, including Sorrento, Vico, Belfry and Torca. The priciest are the three Sorrento houses - one of which is still for sale at €2.3m - that are located on the highest part of the site.
Each Sorrento house has 3,776 sq ft of living space arranged over three floors and an underground car park, from where there is a lift to the open-plan living/kitchen/dining space and formal dining room on the top floor. The layout of each home is flipped: the living area is on top to maximise views that span from the Pigeon House to Howth to Dalkey Island. This space opens on to a sea-facing deck and has 3.5m-high ceilings. Three double bedrooms - including one ensuite - and a family bathroom are located on the first floor, while the ground floor has a bathroom, a double bedroom, and a family lounge.
The façades of the properties, built from concrete and steel, are finished in St Ives Cream Rustica brick imported from Belgium. There is Moleanos limestone from Portugal to the windows surrounds and triple-glazed Alu-Clad windows from Scandinavia.
Each planted garden and granite patio with benches was landscaped by local company Murphy + Sheanon, and all the homes come with two car spaces (some have car-ports) and an electric car charging point. Interior finishes include solid oak handmade kitchens from DesignHouse Dalkey, as well as a range of German appliances. The sleek sanitary ware is from Villeroy & Boch.
The A3-rated homes are just 400m from Dalkey Dart station.
Viewings at Enderly are by appointment.