His lockdown “fairy tale” home was built for and owned by former Ferrari Formula 1 driver Eddie Irvine in 1993, who has finally offloaded the property after two decades on and off the market, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
He got 3.5 million euros, or about $4.2 million (just over half his original asking price), for it on April 15 in an off-market deal, according to Irish property records.
The home is distinct for its copper turret and avant-garde wood panels defining the home’s exterior. The five-bedroom, five-bathroom home spans 5,000 square feet across two floors, according to the listing.
The modern Ischia house, where Damon fell in love with Ireland, sits on a hill on Sorrento Road in Dalkey, overlooking the White Rock and Killiney beaches. The home is modern yet warm due to the reddish-wood touches throughout, designed by award-winning architects Smith + Kennedy, according to a video Connolly made.
“I mean, two kilometers [from] here, there’s trees and forests and woods and oceans. I can’t think of any place else you’d rather want to be in a two-kilometer radius of,” said Damon to Spin 1038. Damon was instructed to stay within two kilometers of his residence due to novel coronavirus concerns.
The home’s stone stairs rise to a set of black double doors with glass panels. They open onto the polished wood floors of the dining room, which has a sleek straight-grained table with seating for 10, a fireplace and a stained-glass window with a modern twist — horizontal stripes, listing photos show.
The dining room leads to an eat-in kitchen with a large square island, seamless glossy white cabinets and built-in, industrial-grade appliances, according to the listing.
Upstairs is a large living room with a fireplace, a separate office and panoramic views of the sea and the mountains, according to the listing.
The home has a four-person Jacuzzi, and down a spiral staircase, a sauna and a plunge pool, according to the Irish Times.
Downstairs, a game room with a pool table has an indoor lagoon that extends outside to a lit, heated pool area. A timber deck and a bar outfit the outdoor entertaining spaces, the listing shows.
A stay at this home costs about $2,000 a night on Airbnb with a minimum stay of two nights. It is unknown whether the home will continue to be rented out under its new owner.
Celebrity neighbors are believed to include Belfast blues musician Van Morrison, as well as Bono (who spent lockdown in Italy) and Edge from Irish rock band U2, according to the Irish Times.