Blackrock penthouse with a view

Spacious, light-filled apartment on the N11 for €795,000

 

Merrion Hall is one of those boom-era builds that commuters using the N11 will be familiar with. A landmark building, it occupies the corner of the dual carriageway’s intersection with Mount Merrion Avenue.

Constructed by Durkan and designed by Bennett McCleary Architects, it is situated next to a busy and very well stocked Applegreen, great for nipping out for brunch essentials at the weekend though the fact that it is open 24 hours means there will be through traffic at all hours of the day and night.

The penthouse has its own lift access which opens into a hall. You can choose to enter the apartment from either of the two doors bookending the space.

One leads directly into the diningroom. And once inside you can appreciate that the builders compensated for the noise by installing triple glazing throughout. The rushing sound of traffic is considerably muted when you step through the diningroom and into a very spacious and bright kitchen with cherrywood units, polished black granite countertops and a huge picture window that frames a vast sweep of Dublin Bay and its shipping channels.

The kitchen has room for a sizeable round table and there is access out to a long terrace, one of three in the property.

The best place for sun is just off the diningroom and while somewhat sheltered, it does overlook the noisy N11 where there is a constant swoosh of passing commuter traffic.

The diningroom leads through to the living space, a large, open-plan room that is almost too big to use as one room and is set up with two distinct seating areas; a traditional configuration of two facing sofas that are set in front of a gas-fuelled fire and a second area where an L-shaped sofa is positioned against one of the property’s floor-to-ceiling windows and faces a wall where the TV has been installed.

Sub-dividing this area would solve this problem. Clear glass walls and doors or industrial-style metal glazing would really cosy it up without losing any of the lovely light these rooms have.

Outdoor dining

The most dramatic space in this penthouse is a large, double-height outdoor dining area, just off the TV area. Its impressive contemporary dual-aspect design includes views of the red and white Pigeon House towers and the roofs of Mount Merrion.

With both northerly and westerly aspects, this is a space that merits a slight change of use. If, subject to planning permission, you could glaze it over and make a winter garden or orangerie, it could work year round rather than the four or five days in summer that are more likely in Ireland.

The property, which measures 146sq m (1,572sq ft), has three bedrooms.

The master opens out to the double-height outdoor space and has a double shower en suite bather. One of the other doubles faces the Applegreen garage next door. The third has lovely sea views although not at bed level.

The apartment comes with two underground car parking spaces and vehicular access is through the Ashcourt apartment complex on Mount Merrion Avenue.

The property is asking €795,000 through agents SherryFitzGerald.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.