Dundarave, 19 Green Park, Rathgar, Dublin 14
Dundarave is a truly splendid modern home in the exclusive enclave of Green Park, just off Orwell Road in Rathgar. While a number of houses fronting onto Orwell Road hold the Green Park address, it is the eight magnificent manses built around the circular green area that are the most desirable Green Park properties. These houses offer everything – location, scale, character, large gardens and beautiful façades. The enclave is bounded on one side by Milltown Golf Course and by the 12 acre Russian Embassy compound on the other, which is what Dundarave borders. It is this setting that really affords Green Park a further sense of tranquility and seclusion. The location curiously comes with a Dublin 14 address, rather than a Dublin 6 address that is more often associated with Rathgar.
Dundarave, Number 19, is the largest house in the enclave – extending to a very plush 7,000sqft of space. This was not always the case, though.
The property is believed to have been originally built in 1939 by Mr and Mrs M. McNaughton. The following owner was a Mr Harrie Barron who lived at the home from the early 50’s until his death in 1959. I believe that the family of Mr. Barron kept the home for over 50 years until its sale in 2002. The family’s name changed over the years to Corcoran and they added various extensions to the house throughout their ownership of the home.
In 2002, estate agents McNally Hanly brought the home on the market for €1,500,000. The house, at this point, extended to just over 2,900sqft. Dundarave sits on a c. 0.59 acre site, which was inevitably going to attract great interest at a time during which ‘development potential’ was key to any purchase. This potential attracted publican Tom Cleary, who immediately sought to transform the house from a comfortably-sized 1930’s house with awkward flat-roofed extensions into one of the finest new homes in the area.
Two planning applications were submitted using different architects and the plan used was that which involved Cantrell Crowley as architects. This firm has created numerous superb homes throughout Dublin City and County and Dundarave was no exception. Built over three levels (basement, ground and first) the property exudes luxury throughout. In the basement, there is a bar, wine cellar, gym, sauna, cinema and games room. The ground floor includes an attractive double-height entrance with cantilevered staircase (a favourite of Cantrell Crowley), a very large Clive Christian kitchen, lounge, double-height family room with mezzanine, formal dining room, study and two W.C’s. Upstairs, there is an impressively large master suite with bathroom and dressing room, three further bedrooms (one ensuite), a family bathroom and an industrial-sized laundry room. All of the bedrooms open out onto a large northwesterly-facing terrace running the width of the rear of the house.
Cantrell Crowley have designed other homes that bear great resemblance to Dundarave in terms of façade and finish. Both Hazlemere and Windemere, speculatively-built homes on Foxrock’s prestigious Westminster Road, are very similar in design and scale to Dundarave. Hazlemere is the most similar façade-wise as it incorporates a sizeable natural stone portico and stone-framed windows, but Dundarave is the largest of the three and enjoys the most central location.
The house enjoys significant frontage onto Green Park and has the majority of its garden to the front of the property. This makes the house even more imposing, however its private rear garden is more limited than its neighbours – while still sizeable in its own right. The rear garden has a westerly aspect, however one can imagine that there is no shortage of sunlight shed on the garden given the low-density nature of the area. Considering the relative privacy of the enclave itself, being a cul-de-sac and therefore having very few passing vehicles or pedestrians, the large front garden is eminently usable as private outdoor space. The rear garden benefits from a pleasant patio area, along with an attractive garden pavilion with folding glass doors that features a living area, shower room and W.C. There is also a large astroturf children’s’ playing area and a sizeable shed with W.C.
In 2010, the house was offered for rent at a rate of €7,000 per month on a 2 year minimum lease term. In 2016, the house appeared on the property price register as having sold for €2,850,000, however it was not listed for sale prior to this transaction.
Photos – Cantrell Crowley Architects (www.cantrellcrowley.com)
Aerials – Various sources