Un­leash­ing sea views key to find­ing value in Dalkey home

A good ar­chi­tect could el­e­vate Amalfi on Sor­rento Road to an­other level

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

De­scrip­tion: De­tached four bed 1930’s prop­erty with su­perb sea views Agent: Col­liers In­ter­na­tional

ELIZABETH BIRDTHIS­TLE

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.

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