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The swimming pool at Brentwood, 10 Sydenham Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14

The swimming pool at Brentwood, 10 Sydenham Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14

The exterior of the Victorian era property

The exterior of the Victorian era property

The kitchen

The kitchen

The entertainment space in the round tower

The entertainment space in the round tower

Luxury seating in the leisure area

Luxury seating in the leisure area

One of the bathrooms

One of the bathrooms

The entrance

The entrance

The hallway

The hallway

The home cinema

The home cinema

The main staircase

The main staircase

Another view of the kitchen and mezzanine spaces

Another view of the kitchen and mezzanine spaces

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The swimming pool at Brentwood, 10 Sydenham Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14

Brentwood, 10 Sydenham Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14 Asking price: €3.75m Agent: Eldron Consultants (01) 234 2455

What would you do if money was no object and you could go right ahead and design your very own dream home and then build it with no worries about the spend?

In Celtic Tiger-era Ireland plenty of such no limit dream homes were constructed. However, many were born from such ultra personal viewpoints, that when it came to selling them in the crash, they had less appeal on the general market.

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The exterior of the Victorian era property

The exterior of the Victorian era property

The exterior of the Victorian era property

An example of the downside of design by no limit wishlists featured in a famous episode of The Simpsons, when Homer is reunited with his millionaire lost brother, owner of a car manufacturing firm, who decides that Homer should design his next new concept car line based solely on Homer’s personal tastes.

Simpson dreams of a car that is “powerful like a gorilla yet soft and yielding like a nerf ball.” He quips: “Some things are so snazzy that they never go out of style, like tail fins and bubble domes. And shag carpeting!” He includes a brightly coloured ball on the aerial tip so the car can be found easily in parking lots, a giant cupholder ,a bowling trophy bonnet ornament and multiple horn buttons in different places that all play La Cucaracha, because it’s “harder to find a horn when you’re angry.”

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The kitchen

The kitchen

The kitchen

The resulting car suited Homer to a tee, but failed commercially and bankrupted his brother. But Bart loved the car.

Brentwood, a wholly revamped and heavily personalised 1820s home at Sydneham Road in Dundrum, Dublin 14 is an example of a heavily personalised property that has wider appeal.

Back in the 1987, the year The Simpsons was launched by Matt Groening’, a Dublin schoolboy was tinkering with computers in his bedroom, back when an Irish mother’s attitude to this sort of thing was more usually a slap on the head accompanied by orders to get outside and kick a ball.

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The entertainment space in the round tower

The entertainment space in the round tower

The entertainment space in the round tower

From his bedroom, the young coder and computer enthusiast founded a tech business, which he ultimately offloaded in 2014 for a reported €40m. At this point, he and his wife — lifelong fans of the long running Channel 4 favourite show Grand Designs —decided that it was time to create their dream home with money as no object.

So a run down Victorian was acquired and more than €4m was ploughed into renovating and transforming it into the home of their dreams at Sydenham Road in Dundrum.

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Luxury seating in the leisure area

Luxury seating in the leisure area

Luxury seating in the leisure area

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A few years ago, finding a new property in Sligo with plans to do it all over again, they placed Brentwood on the market.

Enter property consultant Shane O’Connor of Eldron Consultants, a finder and buyer of residential property in Ireland for wealthy clients all over the world who has acquired €75m worth of homes.

“We conducted a survey on Brentwood and we discovered that the quality of fit and construction was such that it would have costed €7m to construct it from scratch at that time. So we bought it on behalf of a wealthy Irish client based abroad who was planning to come home.”

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One of the bathrooms

One of the bathrooms

One of the bathrooms

However in the intervening period the client’s plans have changed and the move subsequently cancelled. “We looked at renting it on the high end corporate market, for which Brentwod is perfect. But in the end they wanted to sell it on.” Eldron only sells homes on behalf of its private clients.

“The big attraction with this property is that there actually aren’t too many top end homes in Dublin that have what it takes to attract high end executives from the USA in particular, who have become to expect certain luxuries as standard. But this home fits that bill perfectly.”

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The hallway

The hallway

The hallway

The Grand Designs devotees who reconfigured it transformed a tired Victorian into a fantasy extravaganza complete with a triple height gallery kitchen and a round tower which houses a home cinema, saunas and Jacuzzi as well as a tower top round party room which overlooks the city and the mountains.

They hired architect Shane Santry for their ‘sky is the limit’ project which ended up taking three years to complete

The couple drew up their wish lists and handed them to the architect and then went off to source all the bespoke fittings and fixtures, they also designed certain aspects of the home themselves including the unusual sweeping staircase which fans out as it travels up through its three floors. This was designed by its owner using architectural software.

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The home cinema

The home cinema

The home cinema

A rounded stump of rubble in the garden, the foundations of what once was a conservatory, gave them the idea for a round tower at the side of the house. The house was stripped out completely, right back to the shell and the roof although leaving the cornicings and and ornate stucco work intact.

With existing planning permission already in place for a second home in the garden, the couple considered what they could put there. And this how the fantasy bespoke indoor swimming pool and pool room was dreamed up, along with with a twisting water slide specially imported from the USA.

It spans 6,500 sq ft and includes a centralised sound and entertainment system and underfloor heating. The Victorian-style extra large chandeliers were designed for the house by the leading London based lighting designer Sharon Marsden who crafted them to work with twisted and strategically broken fire optic cables.

The reception hall has Crema Marfil tiles, the library has two tall windows, bespoke corner book cases, and a mahogany parquet floor. There’s a dining room with an antique distressed effect feature mirrored wall and double doors to the drawing room with its ornate marble chimney piece. Doors then lead through to the eight-seater home cinema with Dolby surround sound.

The kitchen/breakfastroom/family room is Catherdral like in its height with bespoke Danish walnut kitchen units, exceptional storage with integrated De Dietrick steam overn, two Neff ovens, a Silestone worktop, a big central island and a pull-out larder.

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Another view of the kitchen and mezzanine spaces

Another view of the kitchen and mezzanine spaces

Another view of the kitchen and mezzanine spaces

There are two gallery mezzanines above it incorporating a dining area and a family den, a study and a home office. All six bedrooms are fully ensuite with Villeroy & Boch and Hansgrohe showers. The master has its ensuite in the tower with a double Jacuzzi/whirlpool bath and mosaic Italianite wall tiles.

The pool complex is accessed from the main house and garden and has a sauna, two changing rooms, a shower, a wc and a full home bar. There’s also a home gym.

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The main staircase

The main staircase

The main staircase

The price for this fantasy home rebuild is €3.75m through Eldron Consultants.

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