A rare opportunity (for the super-rich) arose to move into the most expensive house in Ireland – on the market for £11.9m (€14m).
The property is No. 73 on Dublin’s Ailesbury Road, the second most expensive street in the Irish version of Monopoly (after Shrewsbury Road), where the former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds lived and where the embassies for China, Poland and Switzerland are located.
The house, which has seven bedrooms and a three-hole putting green, is described by the real estate company that sells it, Colliers International, as an “exceptional property” — with a video tour it made to prove the point.
Pictured above is 73 Ailesbury Road in Dublin, which has come on the market for £11.9 million (€14 million)
Colliers International Real Estate says the ‘exceptional property’ is a ‘classic early 20th century home of elegant proportions’
The new owners of 73 Ailesbury Road will have the chance to eat and drink in a large formal dining room (pictured)
On the ground floor there is an entrance hall (pictured) with a fireplace and a formal drawing room
The future owners will be able to board an elevator that will take them to the first floor, where the master bedroom is located, with an adjoining dressing room and bathroom suite.
Each of the property’s six ‘regular’ bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom.
On the ground floor there is a fireplace in the entrance hall, and the new owners will have the opportunity to dine and drink wine in a large formal dining room.
There is also a formal drawing room, an English style kitchen with a utility room and a breakfast room overlooking the terrace. Visitors can hang their coats in the guest cloakroom and shoes can be left in the luggage room.
The house is enclosed by manicured gardens, which Colliers International has compared to a ‘honeybee haven’.
A lavender passage, embellished with climbing roses and wisteria, cuts through the lawn. The walkway leads to a wooded area with a babbling brook and a rock waterfall, where spring bulbs, bluebells and daffodils are planted beneath your feet.
The property was designed by Irish architect Rudolf Maximilian Butler and was built circa 1913
It is ‘undoubtedly the most beautiful house on Dublin’s main residential street’, says Colliers International’s Marcus Magnier
The new owners will be able to cook in the house’s ‘English style’ kitchen with an adjoining utility room, pictured above
The future owners get into an elevator that takes them to the first floor, where the master bedroom is located (photo)
Built around 1913, the 0.4-acre estate was designed by Rudolf Maximilian Butler, an architect best known for his Catholic ecclesiastical works in Ireland.
Butler made the property his private residence and lived in the residence from 1924 to 1942.
Realtors Catherine O’Connor and Marcus Magnier say the property is a “wonderful example of the revival of the classical architecture of its time.”
Each of the property’s six bedrooms – one of which is pictured – has its own bathroom
The estate agents say the property is a ‘wonderful example of the revival of the classical architecture of its time’
The new owners will receive the keys to a truly beautiful home, and one with seven bedrooms and a three-hole putting green
According to the estate agents, the property is ‘surrounded by extensive private and secluded manicured gardens’
They add that the “imposing grand house” is “a classic early-20th-century house of elegant proportions, surrounded by extensive private and secluded manicured gardens.”
It is ‘undoubtedly the most beautiful house on Dublin’s main residential street’, says Magnier.
In addition, there is room for the new owners to expand the property, with Lawrence and Long Architects coming up with ‘a beautiful concept’ for it.
Architect Joe Lawrence said: ‘The house and garden of this property are unique and very special. In order to significantly enlarge the property for future needs, it is important to maintain this special character. With a well-considered design, we propose to extend the property to 14,000 m² without compromising its original character. This can be achieved through careful design, without affecting the existing special qualities.’
The company’s concept would extend the existing volume of the main building to the east and add a new basement to the existing footprint.
The design concept expands an area of approximately 10,000 m2 of ‘excellent accommodation’ for future needs, with a multi-purpose cinema, wine cellar, 20 m2 swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym.
A lavender pergola walkway, embellished with climbing roses and wisteria, bisects the property’s lawn
Colliers likens the property’s manicured gardens to a ‘honeybee haven’
While 73 Ailesbury Road is currently the most expensive property for sale in Ireland, it is not a record breaker.
53 Ailesbury Road, the French ambassador’s residence, was listed for €60 million in 2008, according to Independent.ie, and an Edwardian property on Shrewsbury Road fetched £49.2 million (€58 million) at auction in 2005, setting a new record for the world’s most expensive house per square foot, according to The Guardian.
Viewing of 73 Ailesbury Road is strictly by personal arrangement with Colliers International. Find more information about the property here. Detailed concept drawings from Lawrence and Long Architects and CGI are available upon request.