Carysfort Downs was built by Charles Church, the British based property magnate who, having amassed a fortune of £140m by the time he was 44, died after crashing in his custom-built Spitfire aircraft later that year.
Carysfort was his only Irish project, and for houses such as number 61 he brought reclaimed bricks and roof tiles from the UK, in an effort to put a high-end finish on these Blackrock houses.
The house is owned by Patrick Dunne who, having recently retired, intends to spend more time in France and at his property in Ranelagh. He has put the house up for sale with an asking price of €1.2m through estate agent Savills.
The property exudes luxury and no detail has been overlooked. The solid walnut Dalkey Design kitchen with marble worktops and flooring gives a slick streamlined look to the house. New owners will delight in the large Sub-Zero fridge and wine cooler which has storage for 150 bottles complete with two thermostats currently housing Dunne’s French wine collection. The island in the centre of the room has a slab of marble which required 10 men to carry and is a piece of furniture in its own right.
Raised dining area
French doors open to a meticulously planned garden, complete with a pond and waterfall feature. A raised dining area with an overhead pergola boasts a built in barbeque and provides a wonderful space for entertaining on balmy evenings.
A small television room with oak flooring and fitted Oakline units also has access to the garden through double doors. The good-sized drawing room has a deep marble fireplace and leads to a dining area with a reclaimed parquet floor which originally graced a church. A custom built dining table echoes the marquetry in the parquet and the shape of the table itself mirrors the symmetry of the wooden ceiling.
Upstairs, in the family bathroom the sink is a miniature of the deep bath made of reconstituted limestone complete with Vado waterfall taps. A remote controlled mood lighting system casts tranquil colours on the French marble floors and walls. The master bedroom, with solid-oak floors has shuttered windows and a walk-in wardrobe and an en suite with Grohe fittings. Three further bedrooms and a study that could work as a bedroom complete the upstairs.
Houses in this area appear sporadically on the market. Three have been sold since 2010 with one other still available. Four-bedroomed houses in this estate tend to reach between €800,000 and €900,000 and refurbished five beds can command near the €1 million bracket.
With its privacy, high-spec electronic gates, Linn-integrated music system, well- designed garden and very high- end fittings, number 61 is sure to attract plenty of interest.