Unleashing sea views key to finding value in Dalkey home
A good architect could elevate Amalfi on Sorrento Road to another level
Description: Detached four bed 1930’s property with superb sea views Agent: Colliers International
Despite a howling wind bellowing through the fragile windows of Amalfi on Sorrento Road in Dalkey, the views of stormy seas on Killiney Bay are superb.
The property’s history is a tale of two parts; one side was constructed in the 1930s with a latter addition in the 1960s. Situated on an elevated site at the end of a narrow drive directly opposite the entrance to the Monte Alverno compound of luxury homes, this property extends to 319sq m, and has three selling points: its location – within a short stroll to the village of Dalkey; its mature gardens which extend almost half an acre, and most importantly – superb sea views.
Its current layout does not do justice to the views on offer, and new owners will more than likely knock the 1960s wing which consists of a jaded sunroom, kitchen and bedrooms.
What Amalfi needs is a good architect to completely rejig the property to maximise what buyers always pay a huge premium for on Sorrento Road – the views.
The best room in the house is the principal bedroom on the top floor.
It has a sun terrace that would be difficult to leave in sunny weather, and also has a patio – one of many around the property – off the dressing room.
Three reception rooms – a study, diningroom and living space overlooking the bay – would benefit from being amalgamated, with the addition of large picture windows to re- place the current ones. While views are good, they are not captured to their full extent. One could imagine a huge roaring fire here to counteract the stormy weather. The property also includes a small studio which has further potential.
Whether the property is knocked and a new structure erected or the current house completely gutted and renovated will depend on planning and the pocket depth of its new owners. A number of neighbouring houses are on the market, all of which are in turnkey condition with sea views.
Across the road, the 789sq m Monte Alverno on 1.2 acres (0.49 hectares) is seeking ¤7.5 million, and its contemporary neighbour Mount Alverno, at 665sq m on one acre is seeking ¤8.5 million. Around the corner on Vico Road, Strawberry Hill, on a 0.75-acre site measuring 702sq m is asking ¤5.75 million. Amalfi, which offers lots of potential, is on the market through Colliers with an asking price of ¤2.4 million.