A Malahide castle on original links course
Family home on site of village's original links course
Back in 1996, the current owners of 14 The Old Golf Links were amongst the first to buy one of the houses developed on the site of Malahide's original links course.
There are around 70 houses in the development, which shares an entrance with the smart and more recent Abbott's Hill estate off the Coast Road. It's an estate that has matured well, and there's a whiff of affluence in the air.
Both developments are within a seven-minute walk of the village, close to the Grand Hotel and the tennis club.
Malahide is one of those villages that sucks people in; once they come to live there they don't want to leave.
Its appeal derives from its coastal location, a cosmopolitan range of shops running the gamut from sophisticated boutiques to speciality food stores, including upmarket grocer Donnybrook Fair, and a wealth of bars and restaurants. Amongst the most popular of these is Oliver Dunne's Bon Appetit, which has thrived since the chef famously handed back his Michelin star and decided to focus on a less formal food offering. Other local favourites include Sale e Pepe, The Gourmet Food Parlour, and The Greedy Goose, close to the marina and known for its fish and seafood. In the grounds of Malahide Castle, a branch of Avoca is an attraction in its own right.
And of course, no night out in Malahide is complete without a pint in Gibney's, where Irish footballing legend Robbie Keane has been known to belt out a few Garth Brooks songs of an evening.
For a village with a distinctly 'away from it all' feel, there's a definite buzz about the place. The DART station makes the commute into Dublin straightforward, and the proximity to the M50 and the airport ensure that the location is convenient for those who need to travel around Ireland and further afield.
The current owners of Number 14 are selling reluctantly, and only because now that their family has grown up, they find the house too big for them. With just over 3,000 sq ft of living space, this is a home for a young family, who will occupy every one of the five reception rooms and five bedrooms, and make the most of the garden, which extends to nearly a quarter of an acre.
A detached red-brick property, the outward appearance of Number 14 belies the amount of space within, and the current owners have placed a creative stamp on the interiors, which are filled with art and colour.
Among the high-end finishes that they introduced are American oak flooring, Vitra porcelain wall and floor tiles, Italian window frames fitted with Pilkington K glass, motion sensor lighting, and electric underfloor heating in all the bathrooms. There are handcrafted doors and architraves from Brooks, and a central vacuum system.
One enters the house via a double Holland door, into a large reception hall around which all the principal reception rooms are arranged and from which a feature staircase leads up to a galleried landing.
A splendid oak fireplace with Spanish-style basket and gas fire is the focus of the bay-windowed living room, which has double doors to the interconnected dining room. This room also has an oak fireplace with cast-iron insert and a gas fire, and there are double patio doors to rear garden.
The high-gloss fitted kitchen is smart and modern, with a full range of cupboards and storage space. There are granite worktops and a set of double patio-style doors lead out to the rear garden. A range of high-quality integrated appliances is included in the sale.
A sunroom off the kitchen looks out over the south-facing side garden, and there's an attractive bay window and French doors leading to the outside.
Also on the ground floor are a television room, a play room/home office with speakers in the ceiling and more nice views over the garden. It would be a fine space for anyone working from home. There's also a guest lavatory.
Upstairs, there are five double bedrooms. The master is en-suite and there is also a family bathroom and separate wet room. A pull-down ladder leads to a large attic/storage room.
The mature, private gardens feature large colourful shrubs and numerous specimen trees, including a spectacular Acer Griseum, and the owners have installed atmospheric lighting and extensive patios designed to catch the sun at different times of the day.
It's a two-minute walk to Malahide beach, where the local canine population like to meet up and swap stories about their owners, and the village sailing club is an active and social local amenity for all ages.
14 The Old Golf Links,
Malahide, Co Dublin
Asking price: €1.5m
Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald Blanc (01) 8454500