They called him Fast Eddie when he raced a Formula 1 circuit in the 1990s.
ut Eddie Irvine took a long, long time – 18 years to be precise – – find a suitable buyer for his stunning luxury home near Dublin.
The Playboy mansion in upscale Dalkey, where Hollywood movie star Matt Damon bowed his head during his lockdown stint, surfaced on the property price register last week after a surprise sale.
Ischia on Sorrento Road was rented by Irvine for £ 6,104 a week but according to the register it was spent a whopping £ 3.05 million on an off-market sale on April 15th.
The co-down man has tried multiple times over the past two decades to sell his 5,000-square-foot Dalkey pad, but has failed to seduce buyers with a penchant for life in the fast lane.
Still, there is a lot to love about this posh property.
With an outdoor pool connected to an indoor lagoon, a party-size hot tub with sweeping views over Dublin Bay and its own cinema room, the new owner will also have world-famous Belfast blues musician Van Morrison and Bono and The Edge from U2 their neighbors in the Celebrity enclave.
Inside the house, which is on two levels due to the rocky cliffs on which it was built, there is a large dining area with seating for 12 and double height ceilings.
It also has a large, modern kitchen in gloss white and five double bedrooms – – four of them en-suite – – and a bathroom.
A playroom with bar and snooker table opens onto the pool, which is surrounded by wooden terraces with seating and a barbecue area. Upstairs, the living area offers the best view.
Award-winning architects Smith & Kennedy designed the house from white wood and glass with a copper-clad, curved exterior that is accessed via electric gates from a shared private driveway.
In 2003, the property then known as Kilross Lodge came on the market at a price of £ 5.7 million.
The following year it was sold to customs officer Dave Cullen for almost £ 4.4 million, but the sale failed.
It was then rented out on short notice for £ 15,300 a month – – A bargain compared to the original rent that was sought when the property first became available and the rent was set at £ 5,350 per week.
55-year-old Irvine from Conlig was a successful real estate agent even before he retired from F1 in 2002.
He is believed to have a portfolio of more than 50 properties around the world.
It was revealed last week that the former Ferrari driver-turned-luxury home builder was selling a new waterfront mansion on the Venetian Islands in Miami Beach, Florida for £ 12.3 million.
Overlooking Biscayne Bay towards downtown Miami, it has five bedrooms, five bathrooms, two half bathrooms, a balcony, a pier, a pool, and a summer kitchen.
The sale continues the spate of luxury home sales in the Venetian Islands, driven primarily by non-state buyers.
The 5,300-square-foot home is Irvine’s second Miami Beach villa sale this month.