The Good, the Bad and the Ugly


You should have seen the inside of the house. Absolutely hideous. Given the normal run of the mill lots of money / no taste sunday supplement pieces run at the time his house was particularly memorable. And not in a good way. It almost reached Madonna Inn standards of gilt edged kitsch. But at least the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo, in the good old days, was a genuine joy to wander around. So natural and unforced was its utterly unapologetic style. At Christmas it was like a LSD trip with art direction by a cross between Busby Berkeley and Mary Kay. Intoxicating surreal insanity.

I always thought Simonyi was just the usual back stabbing political survivor who crawled to the top over the bodies of the people he had stabbed in the front. The Microsoft Way. The “white trash” angle was noted by some eastern europeans who worked on the Eastside. Profs in Communist Eastern Europe / Russia were very badly paid and had zero social status. And during the periodic purges were the first to be rounded up and sent to the camps. Know someone whose grandfather and two uncles, all profs in the Soviet Union, died in camps in the 1930’s and 1940’s. So most people with real ability kept a very low profile or became something safe like janitors. Because being one of the “cosmopolitan” class was often as dangerous as being in a Shtrafbats penal battalion.

Ah, Martha, or rather the very upwardly mobile Martha Kostyra. Lets just say that both she and Simonyi came from the same kind of very marginal “middle class” background. And neither gained a cute and cuddly reputation as they scrambled to the top. Martha at least has a very well developed and economic demographically well targeted sense of taste, but neither have any class to speak of. They both try way too hard to leave behind what they once were. So very insecure nouveau. Thats why the Feds were able to bang her up for what was a very minor offense. A more secure person would have trusted the very good tactical advice she was getting. Which would have got her a plea bargain and no jail time.


looking at this picture you wouldnt think this place was right on the N11

nice house but 1.8m to live on the countries busiest road,

no thanks … -4/4294110


Not just the busiest road, but the worst possible spot on the busiest road - right at a traffic light. Think of what happens when the lights go green.

I’d be more concerned with the health risk than anything else.


I like it - set well back from the road so traffic noise will not be to bad assuming good insulation.




Get an extra glaze on every window and the house will be dead quiet.
I manage property (literally) on the quays in Dublin city centre.
Th extra glaze kills the noise.


Not in the garden it doesn’t.


for the money I’d like to be able to open a window in summer


eugh a whole load of cheap shiney carpet isnt doing this place any favours…


That was last October. I see no sign that any of them have shifted, now asking €1.4m. Certainly nothing on the price register, whereas Balure shows 6 of 7 sold (admittedly over a longer time frame), and one still being advertised.


drive past it a bit, no activity

i cant see anyone parting with a 7 figure sum for one.



LOL. There’s some horrors in there alright. I’m sure I recognised a couple.


This thread and that instagram are an incredibly useful visual resource to bat back any planning “NO’s” based on arbitrary aesthetic / amenity bolloxology a local planner night throw up to put you back at the end of the queue… be great to get them to list some of these I wonder are any indeed listed! That would be hilarious! :icon_twisted:


I don’t think any of these are in the league of McMansion Hell.

I give many of these houses credit for trying. I would fancy the one in Rathgar and even the one in Salthill (one word!) is a breath of fresh air compared to typical Irish houses which are so banal that I almost lose the will to live after an hour of online house-hunting.