Leader of the pack: the ultimate bachelor pad for €550,000

Penthouse apartment in the docklands area of Dublin has a roof garden with hot tub


Number 14 Clarion Quay is the bachelor pad to beat all bachelor pads. The enormous space offers panoramic views of Dublin and cool high-tech add-ons that will appeal to tech-minded home hunters.

The development was built by Paddy Kelly, who also constructed the nearby Clarion Hotel, now renamed The Spencer.

The owner, an executive in Googletown across the river, bought the 140sq m (1,507sq ft) space and then set about reconfiguring the three-bedroom property, downsizing the number of bedrooms to two and amping up the living spaces, opening the minimalist kitchen to the glazed, double height living room, adding a seriously impressive roof garden, a bar and a disco ball in one of the bathrooms.

Mezzanine level
In the open-plan kitchen-dining-livingroom, where the ceiling heights stretch to almost 5.5m (18ft), French windows open on to a south-facing balcony that looks across the river Liffey to Three Rock Mountain. A Siematic kitchen with an island clad in an unhoned slate worktop bookends the room.

A reinforced open-tread staircase set against a wood-panelled wall leads upstairs to a mezzanine level where there is a bar area and doors that lead out to 78sq m (840sq ft) of roof garden, a chill-out haven that wouldn’t be out of place in Ibiza.

Artificial grass and red walls give the place an after-dark feel. The terrace has a large hot tub that might be a bit breezy when the wind is blowing up the Liffey, and a secret, more sheltered area to the rear, where the owner likes to light the fire pit and sips sundowners with friends.

The master bedroom looks west. It has glazing on two sizes and is enormous, and has a second large balcony that juts out over the building, giving even those with cast-iron stomachs a touch of vertigo.

A sliding door conceals the walk-in wardrobe. The room’s en-suite bathroom is bathed in natural light and has a pair of natural stone sinks.

The property comes with an intelligent Lutron lighting system that controls all the lights in the apartment from the comfort of your bed and also from the front door as you leave.

A Bose sound system has been installed in every room including the bathrooms where a motorised disco ball in the guest wc could have you tapping your toes as you go about your business.

The second bedroom is used as a home office and compared to the master feels on the small side.

All heating and hot water is included in the hefty management fees, currently €4,228 per annum. The property has a BER of C2 .

The penthouse is asking €550,000 through agent Owen Reilly and comes with a designated car parking space.

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