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Killeen, 19 York Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, A96 XN24

Semi-detached House





266 sq.m.

Dun Laoghaire


Janet Carroll is delighted to present to the market this most historic and unique property in the heart of Dun Laoghaire. A magnificent period residence built c. 1859, which was originally owned by the Smyley Family from Shrewsbury Road, and later the Smyley Trust.

Carefully minded by its current owners for many years, Killeen is part of a building known locally as the Bird's Nest. This imposing granite building was originally one of three children's homes in the Kingstown (now Dun Laoghaire) area. The foundation stone was laid on 11th April 1861 and the names of Mrs. George Wale and Mrs. Whately, the daughter and wife of the former Protestant Archbishop of Dublin, in whose memories the orphanage was founded, can still be seen carved in stone on this beautiful building. In recent times, the Bird's Nest has been redeveloped into individual homes and business premises.

This property comprises an end of terrace three storey stone building with parking to the rear. Full of character and charm, this bright and spacious accommodation will make a wonderful home for any potential buyer; especially those who crave the lifestyle that allows them to stroll a couple of minutes into the wonderful local coffee shops for their early morning coffee and a read of the morning paper close to the wonderful Dublin coast. A lifestyle we all dream about.

Within walking distance of West & East piers, beautiful costal walk along Newtown Smith Green, dotted with its spectacular Sailing Clubs, Art Galleries, restaurants and boutiques and not forgetting the picturesque People's Park with its wonderful Farmers Markets and Fallon & Byrne restaurant. An array of public transport from bus routes to Dart Services, which makes life easier for trips into town or getting the kids to school.

More like something you might expect to find in a pad in London or New York, Killeen has more of an apartment feeling about it. It will appeal to those discerning buyers keen to find a dream bespoke home which has a totally private feel about it. Seaviews and streetscapes can be enjoyed from the beautiful period large windows and rooms with exquisite high ceilings. This is the type of house where, when you think you have finally seen it all, you continually discover something new; the type of house where Narnia seems only a wardrobe away!


• Prime location in the heart of south county Dublin
• C. 266sqm/2863sqft
• Splendid original stone building
• Original cast iron fireplaces
• All original panelling throughout
• Glorious high ceilings
• Original large sash windows
• Internal wooden window shutters
• Car park space to the rear of the property


Entrance Hall: c. 7.03m x 2.10m
Original solid wooden front door leading to this impressive entrance hall with slate flag stone floor, original partially wood panelled walls with lots of room for coats, boots and all sorts of outdoor wear similar to that of a boot room. Large carpeted stairway with banister. Ceiling height of c. 3.66m.

Storage: c. 1.53m x 2.10m


Landing: c. 8.34m x 2.10m
Bright and airy, with very convenient pantry (c. 2.10m x 2.10m) or back kitchen which they are now called in some properties. Sash window, fitted units, plenty of storage and work surface.

Kitchen & Breakfast Room: c. 4.00m x 4.48m
Large, warm and very attractive room with solid pine wooden wall and floor units, beautiful stone tiled splash back, with solid beech work top which adds to the cosiness and warmth of this lovely family kitchen. Belfast sink, De Dietrich ceramic hob & double oven, original large sash window letting in the natural light. Pine ceiling with ceiling height of c. 2.95m. Door to the dining room.

Dining Room: c. 3.91m x 4.48m
Spacious family dining room with open fireplace. Nothing makes a room more inviting than that of a blazing open fire with original tiled inset and mantel piece. Dual aspect, sash windows with authentic wooden shutters. A glorious room for those special celebratory dinners. Picture rail, and panelled doors. Ceiling height of c. 3.00m.

Inner Hall: c. 1.10m x 2.50m

Bathroom: c. 2.60m x 2.10m
Delightful bright bathroom, with sash window, bath with shower attachment, w/c and wash hand basin. Tiled walls and floor, storage, hot press, bath with side pine panelling and partially panelled walls.

Music Room/Family Room: c. 4.99m x 3.26m
Currently used as a music room, it comes with partially pine panelled wall with pine ceiling, original large sash window with original wooden shutters and fitted carpets. This room is flooded with natural light, bright and inviting. It is a wonderful family room for those cosy movie nights where everyone looks forward to huddling up together and sharing a large bowl of homemade popcorn. Ceiling height of c. 3.00m.


Return Landing:

Utility Room: c. 2.23m x 2.10m
Double Sink, fully plumbed for washing machine, wall &floor units, large bright window.

Landing c. 8.01m x 2.10m
Pine panelled wall, original feature window, fitted carpets. Ceiling height of c. 4.50m.

Study/Sitting Room: c. 3.06m x 4.48m
A bright comfortable room with large dual aspect sash windows, fitted carpet and pine ceiling. The high ceiling adds to its wonderful character. This room has a show-stopping floor to ceiling panelled doors leading to a beautiful drawing room.

Drawing Room: c. 4.85m x 4.48m
Beautiful large room with high ceiling and a great sense of warm and comfort. A superb room for entertaining especially when the beautiful original cast iron fireplace has a roaring fire blazing on those cold winter nights. Friends and family will adore this room for all it offers. Fitted carpets, pine ceiling, dual aspect original sash window with wooden shutters. Ceiling height of c. 2.98m.

Inner Hall: c. 2.00m x 2.30m

Bathroom: c. 2.51m x 2.10m
Lovely and bright bathroom. Bath with shower attachment, wash hand basin, & w/c. Fully tiled. Hot press.

Bedroom 1: c. 5.14m x 2.45m
A delightful bedroom with delightful seaviews, where one might relax in the afternoon with a good book. Three large original sash windows make this a bright and wonderful room. Fitted carpet, fitted wardrobes and partially panelled walls with pine ceiling. Ceiling height of c. 2.62m.

Back Staircase:
The back staircase is a feature of period residences like Killeen House and was originally designed for the use of servants working in the house.

Leading to the top floor and access to bedrooms.


Landing: c. 8.01m x 2.10m
This impressive large and bright landing with panoramic sea views. Sash windows, large fitted storage presses and panelled walls. Stairs leading to top floor return with w/c and a door leading to the library.

Library/Bedroom 4: c. 4.36m x 3.36m
Extremely large bright and airy room with dual aspect, currently used as a library and office with very impressive fitted shelves packed tight with the books of a clearly very academic family. Fitted carpets, panelled ceiling and access to the attic area. This room could potentially be used as a bedroom. Access to attic storage.

Bedroom 2: c. 3.38m x 3.24m
Sash window, fitted wardrobe and dressing table.

Bedroom 3: c. 3.29m x 4.00m
Light and airy room with glimpse of Dublin Bay. Built in wardrobes, fitted carpet, panelled walls and ceiling.


Head Southeast on Stillorgan N11, continue along Stillorgan Road/R825. Take Brookville Park and then on to Monkstown Avenue towards York Road.


BER: Exempt (Listed Structure)

Listed as a Protected Structure, in accordance with the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Development Plan 2010-2016 the property is zoned Objective A – To protect and or improve residential amenity.


By appointment with Janet Carroll at 087 400 2020/01 288 2020 or by email at


Please note we have not tested any apparatus, fixtures, fittings, or services. Interested parties must undertake their own investigation into the working order of these items. All measurements are approximate and photographs provided for guidance only.