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house on a hill The €2.25m bungalow on Howth’s most exclusive road with views across Dublin Bay to Dalkey

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Vailima, Ceanchor Road, Howth, Co Dublin

Vailima, Ceanchor Road, Howth, Co Dublin

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Vailima, Ceanchor Road, Howth, Co Dublin

The late great architect Robin Walker, along with practice partners Michael Scott and Ronnie Tallon of Scott, Tallon & Walker, literally changed the face of Ireland with their landmark public buildings at RTE, UCD, UCC, UCG, DCU, Trinity, the Abbey Theatre and with numerous corporate headquarters nationwide.

They were also known for occasional one-off residential forays, among them Geragh in Sandycove and the Tallon House in Foxrock.

When it came to designing a home for his own parents in 1947, Robin Walker drafted plans for Vailima, a house ahead of its time, which today appears more contemporary of the 1970s or 1980s.

The neat bungalow with an extra glazed flourish at one end was constructed on a site of three quarters of an acre overlooking Dublin Bay and Dalkey Island from its raised site at Ceanchor Road on the south side of the Howth peninsula.

For many decades it has been home to Robin’s sister Valerie Walker, an accomplished pianist, who, through the Royal Irish Academy of Music, taught generations of young pianists.

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The living room

The living room

The living room

The gardens are particularly vibrant, plants and flowers being another passion of the late Valerie Walker. Following her passing earlier this year, the house has just been placed on the market.

Located on Howth’s best road, where many homes exceed €3m in value, it will likely be a target for redevelopment because of its location and the exceptional vantage.

Given its heritage, some may want to incorporate the existing house into their plans.

Vailima spans 1,764 sq ft and includes a hall, two large receptions, a kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage.

Gallagher Quigley (01) 8183000 is asking €2.25m.

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