Dragon’s den in Goat­stown sells for ¤2.18m

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market -

There we were hav­ing a dan­der through the res­i­den­tial Prop­erty Price Reg­is­ter only to stum­ble across a sur­prise sale - af­ter many years - of one of Dublin’s most un­usual and fan­tas­tic homes. Har­lech House in Goat­stown will be fa­mil­iar to many - it be­came some­thing of a tourist at­trac­tion in the area - as the home in the mid­dle of the Har­lech Downs hous­ing es­tate with the mag­nif­i­cent and some­what in­con­gru­ous stain­less steel dragon gates.

Be­yond the elec­tric gates stood a sub­stan­tial seven bed home on nearly an acre where the elab­o­rate iron­mon­gery and fan­tasy theme con­tin­ued un­bri­dled. The own­ers, with Welsh con­nec­tions, re­designed the house in 1993 and en­listed the best of crafts­peo­ple - glass artists, mo­saic mak­ers, black­smiths and ma­sons - to in­cor­po­rate Chris­tian and gothic mo­tifs through­out the highly un­usual prop­erty.

The house, off Goat­stown Road, was for placed sale in 2011 with an ask­ing price of €2.75mil­lion,and, given the be­spoke nature of the in­te­ri­ors and those gates it re­mained on the mar­ket, with a price drop and an agent switch thrown in, un­til very re­cently. Now Har­lech House has ap­peared on the Prop­erty Price Reg­is­ter hav­ing sold for €2.18mil­lion through es­tate agent Sav­ills in March. The prop­erty is re­plete with fairy tale ref­er­ences, in­clud­ing a Jack and the Beanstalk-like tree mo­tif on the stair­case, an un­der­ground pas­sage­way lead­ing from the main house to the front gates and a se­cret gar­den. There was even a web­site ded­i­cated to it, harlech­house.com, which de­scribes the prop­erty as a “hymn to God”.

Who­ever the new own­ers are they will cer­tainly have a job re­plac­ing the sub­stan­tial and highly unique dé­cor. Then again, ev­ery­thing about Har­lech House could be the mea­sure of their dreams, proof if ever it were needed that there’s a house out there for ev­ery­one.

Har­lech House, the home in the mid­dle of the Har­lech Downs hous­ing es­tate with the mag­nif­i­cent and some­what in­con­gru­ous stain­less steel dragon gates

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