Shiosai, Coliemore Road, Dalkey
Shiosai, formerly Abbeyview, is one of the finest homes on Coliemore Road and is the only home on the sea-fronting side of Coliemore Road that has its own tennis court – a true luxury in an area where land is scarce. The house sits on over three quarters of an acre, around the same size as neighbouring Rarc-an-Ilan’s grounds. The house dates back to the 1840’s along with Coliemore Villas and was built at the time by the Gresham family.
The house last sold on the open market in 1997 for £1 million – £250k above the guide price, marking the fact that the market for Coliemore Road houses had strengthened again after a year of very disappointing sales prices in 1994 such as neighbouring Cliff Castle selling for £350,000. Shiosai at this time was a complete wreck and needed total renovation from top to bottom. Five bidders battled it out for the seafront property but the winner of the auction was a Dublin businessman.
This house does not have extensive history such as Cliff Castle, but the first record I can find of this house is when it came up for rent in 1878. The next record isn’t until 1925 when the likely then-owner, A. W. Conway, was selling a large amount of glass taken from a greenhouse at Abbeyview.
One of the next owners were the family of solicitor Mr. Gerald Byrne. The Byrne family cleary remained in the house for quite a while, however when their son Edward Byrne married in 1957, both parents were dead but it is believed that Edward retained Shiosai as his family home for decades thereafter.
After this the home completely disappears off the radar until it is listed for auction in 1997 when the aforementioned businessman paid £1 million for the property. Immediately after the auction, he applied for planning permission to transform the two-story over basement property, designed by Shay Cleary Architects.
The property was redesigned inside and a kitchen extension with skylight was added, as well as other minor external modifications such as roof skylights and a wood deck surrounding one side of the property to the ground floor.
The layout is roughly as follows:
Ground Floor: Open plan kitchen and family room, open plan dining room and living room.
Basement: Boiler room, 3 store rooms, 2 bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, one W.C., Study, Utility.
First Floor: Study, Bedroom with ensuite bathroom, Master bedroom with large ensuite.
The above did not include the second story extension to the porch that has taken place in recent years under the watchful eye of master architects Brazil Lohan. The house now extends to approximately 4,790sqft. The owner has also built an extended studio at one corner of the garden and extended the garage at the other corner to accommodate two cars.
The fact that Shiosai has been renovated to a high standard lately, with fewer and larger rooms, will make it a very attractive house to future buyers. The garden is more than large enough to pull off having a tennis court and it is not overly busy in appearance as it still retains plenty of manicured lush lawns. The property is in the enviable position of having its own private access to the sea, with stone steps leading down from a gate at the back of the property. Properties with direct access to the sea are always in demand as they are irreplaceable in coveted locations. Most Kiliney trophy homes are at the disadvantage of having roads or the DART blocking them from having direct access to the sea from their homes, leaving only properties in Dalkey on the likes of Coliemore Road, Harbour Road and Sorrento Terrace with direct access. Shiosai has a true sense of estate living with its beautiful lawns, sweeping driveway, private sea access, views, outhouses (garage and separate studio) and tennis court – making it one of the area’s most desirable properties.