Death of a dream in leafy D4
After planning rows and financial meltdown, Ballsbridge is a shadow of its former self, says David Robbins
For over a century, it has been the most sought-after address in Dublin. Now, Ballsbridge in Dublin 4 faces an uncertain future.
Just a few years ago, it was the golden triangle of the property boom. These days, Ballsbridge is pockmarked by vacant lots and beset by planning rows. Most of the developers are leaving their trophy homes on Ailesbury and Shrewsbury Roads.
Last month, Sean Dunne, the so-called "Baron of Ballsbridge" got planning permission for a modest, scaled-down version of his Jurys development and promptly handed the whole thing over to the banks.