Killiney house on an elevated plot with additional potential of 2.5 million euros
Fortal on Killiney Road is typical of the grand houses built in the southern suburbs by the Victorians drawn to the seaside location, the large secluded plots and the train for daily trips to Dublin city center. It probably once stood on larger land with outbuildings and the like, although it still sits on an acre of mature land with its elevated site offering distant sea views.
It is not a protected structure like many of its contemporaries in the neighborhood, which led Agent Lisney to suggest that there is “potential for further development”. Probably however, given the demand for well positioned family homes at this level of the market, it is more likely that the only development undertaken by buyers will be to update the home – its E1 energy rating gives a glimpse of what could be. necessary – as well as a possible extension to the rear to enlarge the kitchen, and other improvements. The unit is 382 m² (4,112 square feet), so it is a larger family home.
Fortal is listed as having seven bedrooms, but since three of them are on the basement level, viewers will likely focus on the four bedrooms upstairs and, in particular, the view from the front rooms.
At lobby level – the wide and welcoming lobby is accessed through an interior porch – there are two main reception rooms on either side, both with large multi-paned sash windows which give the house its distinctive and pretty appearance. . These graceful rooms have other original features, including beautiful fireplaces and decorative plasterwork.
To the rear on this level is the kitchen – renovated in recent years – which opens onto a terrace. There is also a comfortable family room. Whoever designed the house made several double-aspect rooms, always an attractive feature in these old properties.
In the basement are several rooms, those listed as bedrooms, as well as a living room and various utility rooms. This entire level will likely be reworked as part of the renovation as new owners think about how they want to use this substantial space.
The front garden is on two levels. A small staircase leads to a large lawn which once was a tennis court. A driveway sweeps to the side with parking at the front for several cars.
The owner, who spent 40 years at Fortal, moves on by selling through Lisney at the asking price of 2.5 million euros.