Earlier this month, bookmakers tipped Cork actor Cillian Murphy to become the next James Bond when Daniel Craig hangs up his tuxedo following Bond 25. A few years ago the Peaky Blinders star acquired a home in Monkstown for €1.7m for his Irish homecoming. If he gets the role, it simply reaffirms coastal south county Dublin’s status as something of a Bond magnet. At one point three Bonds were living here cheek by jowel, and Murphy would make for a fourth.
Sometimes it can become humdrum for residents. The long time Dalkey-based artist Gerard Byrne tells a story about answering the door to two Bonds in the same month. Pierce Brosnan knocked on his door to talk to the artist about his vintage Jaguar parked outside. A few weeks later Daniel Craig introduced himself as a new neighbour – renting an adjoining abode whilst filming here. And reported quaffing pints across the road at Finnegan’s was Timothy Dalton, renting yet another Dalkey cottage near Craig during the filming of Penny Dreadful.
Interesting that the most famous Bond of all, Sean Connery wouldn’t have anything to do with the Monkstown/Killiney/Dalkey triangle – so he lived for years just over the county border at Violet Hill House in Bray.
If Bond had a home it might well be something like the turnkey ultra modern five-bed show house at Condor, a set of four streamlined homes designed in an art deco fashion in Killiney. It has been placed on the market today for €1.475m to include contents worth €80,000.
At Condor, they can enjoy a shaken-not-stirred Martini from the mid-century style living room or from one of two south-west facing balconies with glazed balustrades that command views of the Wicklow Mountains. The front parking spot even comes with a charging point that’s ideal for fizzing up an Aston Martin Rapide E (we bet the Bond wheels will be electric next time out).
Condor sits on a one-acre wooded and elevated site, with the Killiney golf course serving as its backdrop. The new gated scheme off Church Road in the was built by Lioncor Developments, a joint venture between Oaktree Capital Group and Alanis Capital.
Condor is close to Broadlands, an O’Flynn Group development on the road from Killiney Golf Club. O’Flynn bought the Ballinclea Road site in 2006, but the property crash meant construction never got off the ground until 2017.
Like Broadlands, Condor is also a post-crash resurrection. Work on the homes began in 2008 but was called to a halt by the implosion of the property market. The shells of the properties were finished off by Lioncor.
The scheme was launched in June last year, when the asking prices ranged from €1.5m to €1.6m. Prices for three of the houses were cut to €1.395m in the autumn, and now the show house and its contents have gone on sale.
Electric gates at the stone entrance to Condor lead to the houses. As one of just two houses located to the front of the enclave, it has unobstructed mountain views. The gates can be controlled via an internet protocol-enabled video entry system connected to the house.
Like its neighbouring homes, the show house has 3,713 sq ft of accommodation laid out across three floors. It was fitted out, with block-coloured feature walls and 1960s-style living room furniture, by Number 10 Design.
The sleek exterior is finished in a mix of Kingscourt Country Manor brickwork and render that complement the quartz zinc fascia, soffits and gutters and the cream-framed Scandinavian alu-clad windows.
The main entrance is to the side of the house, underneath a porch. Inside, the living accommodation is laid out on the first floor to maximise the views, so three of the five en suite double bedrooms are located on the ground floor. The front bedroom overlooks the trees and lawn to the fore of the development. This level is also home to the utility room, which comes with a McNally Kitchens-designed laundry unit.
A turning staircase leads to the first-floor living quarters, which are divided by a landing. If the new owner isn’t a bachelor like Bond, this set-up will prove ideal for family living: on one side of the landing, the formal living room overlooking the first of two balconies is decorated with a dining table that’s perfectly suited for hosting a dinner party, while teenagers or grandparents hang out in the separate kitchen/dining/living space on the other side of the landing. There is also a study and a lavatory on this level.
Because the property is set on a sloping site, the glass doors in the kitchen-diner lead out to the patio and fenced garden, which were professionally landscaped by Peter O’Brien Landscaping.
The custom-designed, contemporary-style kitchen and its bespoke open-larder system all come from McNally. The kitchen is also fitted with Silestone Carrara worktops, integrated Miele cooking appliances, and a peninsula unit that doubles as a breakfast bar.
On the top floor is another en suite bedroom and the master bedroom. The principal bedroom suite is a dual-aspect space with walk-in wardrobes that lead to a full en suite bathroom with an Adamsez Eclipse Advance free-standing bath. Double glass doors open from the master bedroom onto a private balcony.
Tile Merchant and Best Tile supplied the porcelain and encaustic floor and wall tiling to the bathrooms and en suites, which also come with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware from Ideal Bathroom, recessed downlighters, and bespoke mirrors with LED lighting either side. The showers have rainhead fittings and frameless glass doors. The bedroom wardrobes, meanwhile, were supplied by Kube.
The energy-efficient home has an A3 BER, thanks to features such as an air-to-water heat pump that provides all of its heating and hot water.
Condor is a three-minute drive from the Dalkey DART station and a six-minute drive from Killiney station. The M50 is 3km away, the Luas at Cherrywood is 2.8km, and the N11 is just a few minutes’ drive, traffic permitting.