That time when I lived in the "Hollywood Hills of Ireland"

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS® MD594797

Thanks to Paul S. Henderson's March Challenge "Tell me the most unique or special place you have lived", I've been reminiscing and digging around in my memory box. I've lived in and visited quite a few special places but the most unique had to be that time when I lived in the "Hollywood Hills of Ireland". 

"The Hollywood Hills of Ireland" refers to the Killiney neighborhood in Dublin County where Enya and members of U2 live. In the mid-90s I acquired the bragging rights to "Bono was my neighbor once". Briefly, but still... Bono was my neighbor once. 

Welcome to DublinHow did that happen you ask? After I graduated from High School I decided to explore the world a bit more and ended up in the suburbs of Dublin. I got a job as a live-in Nanny [with one awesome family] that also allowed me to take some classes at a Language School and at University College Dublin as well as travel all over Ireland. The family I stayed with decided to go ahead with a major renovation (major as in adding on a 2nd story to their home and relocating the kitchen to a different part of the house) and when there was literally no roof over our heads, we all moved-in with the grandparents. Home in Ireland

The grandparents house, or mini-mansion I should say, was in Killiney, the "Hollywood Hills of Ireland". Sadly, I don't remember too much about the actual home but that it was grand with a front staircase and back staircase, many, many bedrooms & baths, gated and with magnificent grounds.

I also remember walking around the neighborhood completely oblivious to the fact that Bono was currently my neighbor. When I returned from my walk, grandpa asked me if I had run into Bono by any chance.

I wondered for a few days (that was pre-let's-just-Google-everything) if the family just enjoyed teasing me or if Bono did indeed live there (he did).

I never did run into him. Bummer! But, nevertheless, that time when I lived in the "Hollywood Hills of Ireland" was not only one of the most special, it also gave me the bragging rights to "Bono was my neighbor once".

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Thompson Company, REALTORS
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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Being able to live in a special place abroad as a nanny has it's own appeal.  How much of a celeb would you have been if you had actually met Bono

Mar 15, 2017 06:20 PM #1
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Andrea, Dublin is wonderful, but to live in the neightoborhood with Bono would be awesome!

Mar 15, 2017 07:38 PM #2
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

Dublin is a wonderful place, and I"m glad you were able to enjoy it!

Mar 16, 2017 03:53 AM #3
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Those are the kind of memories I love to read Andrea BedardThank you for this entry in my March challenge! Well done! 

Mar 16, 2017 06:23 AM #4
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Andrea. What a terrificstory and opportunity both. Great photos too.

Mar 16, 2017 07:34 AM #5
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I'll never know Ed!

Loved my year in Dublin Joan and would absolutely love to return (soon).

I had the best time Kat!

Thank you for inspiring my post Paul! I'm enjoying your contest. 

Thank you Sheila!

Mar 16, 2017 07:23 PM #6
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I'd like to hear more stories like this if you have them. Good luck with everything! :)

Mar 16, 2017 07:36 PM #7
Kasey & John Boles
Jon Gosche Real Estate, LLC - - Boise, ID
Boise & Meridian, ID Ada/Canyon/Gem/Boise Counties

Great story!  I love that Bono was your neighbor once. Definitely bragging rights there.  And i didn't realize Enya lived in the same place as U2 members.  What a fun experience. -Kasey

Mar 16, 2017 08:00 PM #8
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS® - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR® Silver Spring, MD and beyond

I have plenty more Laura, but, I'm afraid, no more that involve living in the same subdivision as celebrities. 

Me, too, Kasey

Mar 17, 2017 07:54 PM #9
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

That's a cool story! Even if you never did run into him. LOL

Mar 20, 2017 09:16 AM #10
Sam Shueh
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One tourist spot in Hong Kong is called Hollywood district. You walk may be 20 blocks from the Tram and looked at the antiques and coffin shops.  What a bizzare sight seening place.

Mar 20, 2017 09:29 PM #11
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