7 De Vesci Terrace, Monkstown, Co Dublin
This house, in the heart of Monkstown, has been renovated but retains period features including cornicing and fireplaces.
At 407sq m (4,390sq ft) it has a drawing room, dining room (both opening on to wrought-iron balconies), a study, four bedrooms, kitchen, garden room, pantry, utility and family room. It has a courtyard garden.
There is also a one-bed mews.
Become king of the castle: The Washington home that lets you live out your medieval dream for $2,500-a-month
By Snejana Farberov
Hardwood floors, central heating and other tropes of modern living may be nice, but who of us hasn’t dreamed of dwelling like a 13th century duke, surrounded by rough-hewn stone, wrought iron finishes and turrets?
Those of us who still fantasize about King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table may now live out their medieval fantasies for the relatively modest price of $2,500 a month.
If you have a taste for the Dark Ages, but you happen to live in a country that was only settled in the 17th century, than the Gate Keeper’s Castle in Gardiner, Washington is the place for you.
The faux-medieval chateau is only one of the many unusual homes in the aptly named Troll Haven development sprawled out on 150 acres of land.
‘Designed and built from a dream,’ the home’s website proclaims, adding:
‘Looking upon the structure, flights of pure fantasy and imagination dazzle the mind. Dungeons, feastings, daring lovers, sieges, bards, mystery and wonder are grown when stepping into this magical world.
‘An age of bygone kings, magicians, giants, dwarfs, sorceresses, elves and trolls. Through the doors, chivalry is born and romance has its origins in this magical world.’
The extensive castle, whose architectural style could be described as medieval-chic, has five lavishly appointed bedrooms, whimsical detailing heavy on dragons and trolls, stained glass windows and vertiginous staircases.
The quirky home also comes with a four-car (or horse) garage and breathtaking views of Discovery Bay and the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Like any medieval castle worth its name, the rental property comes with a dungeon, complete with some naughty features sure to make maidens blush.
The décor is heavy on swords, mace and shackles reminiscent of S&M paraphernalia which could be found throughout the underground space, including in the three bedrooms, Jacuzzi and steam shower.
House of the Week
By Allison Harness
This five-bedroom custom-built home boasts over 5,000 square feet of living space and is situated on a very large lot. To add to this home’s already existing luxury features, the seller has recently spent over $100,000 on upgrades.
“This detached home is in the prestige neighbourhood of the Old Thornhill,” says listing agent Bill Thom. “This unique home has a premium lot with a frontage of 100 feet. The U-shaped driveway has newly installed interlocking stone and the huge backyard resembles a park-like setting. It has been professional landscaped and has a sprinkler system and video home security system.
“Inside, there are a total of five bedrooms with ensuites. Features include wrought iron railings, marble floors, intricate hardwood floors, built-in niches and many bay windows.”
The home has a view of the ravine from the kitchen and a professionally finished walkout basement.
The home is a walking distance to schools and parks, and has easy access to Highways 407 and 7. There are several golf courses nearby.
The exterior, a combination of stone, stucco and plaster, is stately in appearance with lots of architectural detailing and a high peaked roof accentuating the arched entrance.
French doors with a transom window opens to the foyer, which has a marble floor, pot lights, double coat closet and high ceilings.
A few steps up lead to the spacious hallway with a moulded ceiling, pot lights, marble floor, dramatic circular staircase with an intricate wrought-iron railing and a large skylight.
The bright living room boasts hardwood with a patterned outline and many windows (including a bay window), a coffered ceiling, pot lights, built-in glass shelves and a gas fireplace with a marble surround.
The formal dining room boasts recessed lights, six windows, hardwood with a patterned outline and pillars separating it from the living room.
The contemporary kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counters, wine racks, pot lights, a large window stretching the length of one counter, ceramic tile backsplash, marble floor, a walk-in pantry, a built-in desk and lots of cupboard space, some with glass inserts.
The adjoining breakfast room features a fireplace, marble floor, pot lights and a chandelier.
There is a library/study on this floor with built-in bookcases, wainscoting, hardwood and a bay window.
Upstairs, the master bedroom features a walk-in closet, hardwood and six-piece ensuite. The second bedroom has hardwood, walk-in closet and five-piece ensuite. The third and fourth bedrooms both have hardwood, double closets and its own five-piece ensuite. The fifth bedroom features a large closet, hardwood and a three-piece ensuite.
The lower level has a recreation room combined with a games room, a fireplace, a custom-built cedar closet, a wet bar and a walkout to the backyard. There is also an exercise room and a bedroom with a three-piece ensuite.
The backyard is so large it has plenty of open grass space, as well as many mature trees. It also features a large cedar deck with a wrought-iron railing, an extensive stone patio and a shed.
Sheryl Crow lists Hollywood Hills compound
Grammy-winning singer Sheryl Crow has listed her home in Hollywood Hills West at $15.95 million. The 11-acre property includes a Spanish Revival main house, a 1909 Craftsman and an 1885 cottage.
The 11-acre property includes a Spanish Revival main house, a 1909 Craftsman, a cottage built in 1885, an infinity-style swimming pool and a pergola with a fireplace and barbecue.
The main residence, built in 1914, features a two-story foyer with wrought-iron stair railings, a step-down living room, original Spanish tiles, beam ceilings, a library, a wine cellar, a music room, four bedrooms and 31/2 bathrooms.
The Craftsman house contains three bedrooms and three bathrooms, and the cottage, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The grounds have mature trees, a bridge, trails and a playground.
Crow, 50, has sold more than 35 million albums. Among her Grammy-winning songs are “There Goes the Neighborhood,” “Sweet Child o’ Mine” and “All I Wanna Do.”
Bolens to open home for Tri Kappa Housewalk
A custom designed corner hutch and dining table have a prominent role in the kitchen of the home of Bob and Abbey Bolen
Sitting on five and a half acres, the 4,800-square-foot home offers the Bolens and their three sons – Kyler, Brody and Bentley – room to roam.
Rich colors, arched doorways and a wrought iron and cherry wood staircase highlight the home.
The kitchen features a custom corner cupboard and matching dining table designed by Amy Lochner, of Crafts by Amy, in North Manchester.
The two younger boys have their own toy room off the kitchen, and a wrap-around fireplace adds warmth to the kitchen and living room.
The master bedroom, located off the living room, features a tray ceiling, a large bathroom and his-and-her closets as well as a view of the woods behind the home.
One of the boys’ bedrooms is located off the kitchen.
A pool room and family room are reached by descending a wrought iron staircase.
The lower level also features the home’s third bedroom, occupied by the oldest brother, and an office for Bob Bolen, who works as manager of a Fort Wayne car dealership.
The home’s fourth bedroom, home to the middle brother, is located on the top floor and is decorated in a jungle monkey motif.
Abbey Bolen, who works as a hair designer, has incorporated antiques and family items into the home’s decor. A butter churn, chest and mirror are heirloom family items and generations of family members are represented in photographs.
Outside, a large pole building houses the family’s ATVs. A trail leads to the woods, and a patio offers the family a place to enjoy the outdoors.
The Bolen home is located at 2834N-300E, Huntington. It is one of five sites included on the Tri Kappa Housewalk.