I just found this topic (being a bit aged, as it is) and read with delight. Well, irritation, disbelief and delight.
The article quoted in original post is stunning, but I particularly like the one few posts above - the executive living joke. I constantly had to look from the text to the picture to check if that is the house they are actually talking about.
I'm amazed by the vocabulary used to describe this overpriced, exposed, enclosed by public road, awful piece of junk:
ultimate, prestigious, lifetime opportunity, truly quality, residence, distinctive, imposing, beautifully, generous, possibilities, large, maintenance free, appeal, extras, wonderfully, surprising privacy (?!!), fine, rarity, appreciated - all in such a short note!
There is a similarity in this thread to the 'architecture in words' one and they are both, I think, more important than they appear. Quality of writing about architecture - and housing in general - in Ireland is very poor and is to some extent responsible for the things that have gone wrong here.