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Pretty Sweet

How the other half lived: Inside Seán Dunne's €7 million Shrewsbury Road pile

Luxury living…

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LOOKING TO GET onto the property ladder? Bankrupt developer Seán Dunne’s Shrewsbury Road mansion in leafy south Dublin can now be yours… for a cool €7 million.

The house, named ‘Ouragh’ for Dunne’s birthplace in Co Carlow, is four floors and six ensuite bedrooms of pure luxury.

Built in 2002, the 8,700 sq. ft. property is where Dunne lived with his wife Gayle Killilea until after the property crash kicked in in 2007. More recently it has been leased by the South African embassy in Dublin.

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So what does €7 million get you?

Marble floors for starters, together with a fully fitted bar, a jacuzzi, a gym with sauna, and a lift serving every floor.  There’s even a butler’s pantry if you fancy living out your inner Downton Abbey.

The entire first floor of the building was set aside for entertaining, with three reception rooms, while the master bedroom occupies the entire rear of the second floor.  Ouragh is impressive to put it mildly.

The property is unfurnished, but then if you’ve €7 million burning a hole in your pocket picking up a few futons from Ikea shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

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So what manner of buyer will be looking at securing this trophy home?

“The profile you’re looking at is probably the likes of ambassadors, or a well-to-do traveller with no family living with them,” says Peter Kenny of Colliers, the property agency handling the sale.

One thing Ouragh doesn’t boast oddly enough is a high-quality garden, the space at the house’s rear being something of an afterthought. Kenny acknowledges this would probably put off buyers with a young family.

There’s nothing similar to this house though, it’s fabulous and one of a kind. I don’t expect it to be on the market for long, the kind of buyer who can match the asking price doesn’t tend to beat around the bush.

And is €7 million just a guide, or is that what he expects the house to fetch?

“It may go for even more,” says Kenny.

We certainly won’t be unhappy if that’s the case.

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