25 Greenfield Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Extending to a sizeable 5,200 sqft, 25 Greenfield Park is a magnificent mid-century modern home standing on 1.23 acres of flat sprawling lawns. The home’s site is approximately quadruple the size of neighbouring detached homes’ sites, and was purpose-built as the Swedish ambassador’s residence as a collaboration in 1963 between Swedish architect Sten Lindegren and Irish architect Arthur Douglas. The exterior is unique in Dublin and features what must be one of the largest copper roofs in the capital.
The house was constructed to the highest of quality – even the old bathroom appears to be extremely well built and the whole interior is unapologetically Swedish. I am sure some work has been carried out to the house over the years in terms of decor, but they have also added new features such as the 2007 installation of geo thermal central heating.
The new owner – only the second in half a century – is a senior partner in Dublin’s top law firm. Under he and his wife’s ownership, the property’s interior has been totally overhauled, along with some exterior improvements such as the replacement of all the windows. 25 Greenfield Park now features six bedrooms (one of which is the master suite with dressing room and bathroom en suite), living room, TV room, office room, utility, boiler, fitness room, large kitchen, four bathrooms (three are ensuites). This new plan embraces modern family living far more than the previous layout, but I am still somewhat surprised considering that the whole house will be ripped apart that they have kept 6 bedrooms. Two bedrooms have no ensuite bathroom at all, and a further two bedrooms share an ensuite. I believe the two bedrooms sharing an ensuite were originally staff bedrooms, but given the fact that these have been extended in the new plans, I assume they will be no longer intended for such use.
The property is without doubt one of my favourite in the area and the €2.6 million paid by its new owners in 2012 was most certainly a bargain.