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The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

The exterior of Sinéad O’Connor's home Montebello

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Permission is being sought to convert the former Bray seafront home of singer Sinéad O’Connor into apartments.

BBA Architecture, on behalf of Rachel Carthy, has lodged a planning application with Wicklow County Council to convert ‘Montebello’ on Bray’s Promenade into five apartments.

The internationally renowned singer sold the six-bed house, which is located on the Strand Road along Bray’s seafront, in 2021. It had an asking price of €950,000 but sold for €1,040,000.

The proposal includes the change of use of the existing Victorian-era two-storey house to five apartments and the construction of a three-storey extension to the rear of the existing building with balconies to the rear/west elevation, including the removal of part of the existing roof and the provision of a section of the proposed third floor level in its place, set back from the front elevation, with balconies to the front/east.

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Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

Sinéad O’Connor is selling her Bray home Montebello

The development will include the demolition of two sheds, a 108 sq m rear two storey element and the front porch. Permission is also sought to remove quoin stones and chimney breasts.

Permission is also sought to relocate and widen the existing vehicular entrance and to carry out other renovations, including additional windows, the the widening of existing openings to provide doors to the front and east, the provision of two terraces at ground floor and two balconies on the first floor to the front/east elevation.

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The kitchen at Montebello

The kitchen at Montebello

The kitchen at Montebello

A decision whether or not to grant planning permission is expected to be made by the planning section of Wicklow County Council by July 14. 

The Nothing Compares 2 U singer purchased ‘Montebello’ in 2007 for a reported €1.7m. The house was previously placed on the market by the singer in 2016 and 2017, but was withdrawn from sale.

O’Connor put her own colourful stamp on the property with brightly hued paint, including an unusual wall and ceiling mural in the master bedroom.

Outside, she bookended the house in colour by painting the quoin stones in red, yellow and green.

Initially built in the 1860s, the double-fronted house is a well-known feature on Bray seafront for its striking facade.

In December last year, Ms O’Connor put the property up for sale with REA Forkin estate agents. Initially it was offered for €950,000 before eventually selling for €1,040,000 according to the Irish Property Prices Register (PPR).

At 3,713 sq ft, ‘Montebello’ is well over three times the size of an average family home and includes six bedrooms and three bathrooms. With a large paved front forecourt, it offers uninterrupted views of Bray’s Victorian esplanade and the sea.

Estate agents REA Forkin described it as “one of the finest period properties to be brought to the market in Bray in recent times”.

According to the PPR, the next most expensive sold, in the last year, within a 10km radius of ‘Montebello’ went for €700,000.


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