A former grand residence and headquarters of Edward Haughey, also known as Lord Ballyedmond, sold on Monday for nearly £3.5 million (US$4.59 million), according to John McNally, of McNally Handy real estate in Ireland, the listing agent for the property.
The home—which was built between 1816 and 1821, according to the listing—has “beautiful rooms, close proximity to city center, and views of the lovely Fitzwilliam Square,” Mr. McNally said.
Don’t be fooled by the townhouse’s seemingly modest red-brick exterior, inside is a whole other story. The interior has opulent decorations with ornate gold leaf on its marble pillars and walls, embellished gold leaf plasterwork in the entrance hall, marble fireplaces and painted murals on the walls and ceilings, according to the listing. The four-story, 7,255-square-foot property has four bedrooms and five bathrooms and an elevator.
When furnishing the interior the owners were careful to make sure it matched the charming antique decorations of the home. All of the reception rooms downstairs have elegant sofas and various art objects. Haughey was known to have quite an extensive collection of antiques and historical artifacts. His London collection recently sold for around £4.35 million (US$5.6 million) at auction, according to Sotheby’s.
Haughey’s former Dublin residence is located in one of most luxurious neighborhoods of Georgian Dublin, the area developed during the reign of four King Georges, from 1714 to 1830.
Fitzwilliam Square has a private park exclusively for residents of the Square, according to Dublin’s tourist site. The homes located there are “trophy homes,” Mr. NcNally said. “A lot of these houses were turned into offices and now they’re being turned back into private residences,” he said. These townhomes have distinctive semi-circular doorways that were typical of that era.
Lord Ballyedmond was killed in a helicopter crash in Norfolk in 2014. At the time of his death he was the richest man in Northern Ireland with an estimated net worth of £650 million (US$844 million) according to The Sunday Times. Haughey made his fortune by building a veterinary pharmaceutical company called Norbrook.
Mr. McNally could not disclose the buyer of the property. Haughey family could not be immediately reached for a comment.
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