Abode overlooking Malahide Golf Course on the market for €2.2m
€2.2m Malahide abode overlooks golf course
It's all about the seaside and the golf at Dublin's Malahide which is within easy range of three of the northside's favourite golf clubs and two of its best beaches.
The Malahide Golf Club is one of Ireland's oldest, having been founded in 1892. It moved to its current location in 1990 and benefits from an active membership in excess of 1,300.
Over the years its members have included Irish internationals Tom Craddock and Paddy Caul, and more recently the Walker and Ryder Cup player Philip Walton.
The course itself is known to be particularly challenging as evidenced by the club's slogan: "Dublin's most interesting course."
Visitors and those unfamiliar with the run of the 27-hole amenity regularly come a cropper at some of its trickier challenges, in particular the 17th with its narrow fairways and dominant bunkers.
Somewhat easier is the first hole on the "yellow" nine - a dogleg right par 4. Its narrow offset green makes for an interesting challenge in the approach shot - as the owners of Briarsfield, a double fronted detached home backing on to the course, can attest.
In better weather they can relax atop their bedroom balcony and watch as golfer's approach the yellow number one green with trepidation.
The house, which spans almost 3,500 sq ft is, was built here in 1999, soon after the club arrived. The current owner is also a member so he can hail his friends as they play.
The other golf clubs nearby are Portmarnock and The Island in Donabate, a little further out.
And when they're not golfing, residents at Briarsfield can take to the beach. Malahide beach is half a kilometre away while Portmarnock's famous strand is less than a kilometre distant.
Briarsfield has plenty of its own ground to putt about on - the house sits on a full acre set in shrubs and lawns. The site is accessed via electronic security gates.
Internally the property has four good sized reception rooms and four bedrooms, making it useful for owners with a large family.
Inside the front entrance is the reception hall with an oak floor and a centred and ornate staircase with splayed handrails. There's a computer work station cleverly placed in the space beneath, as well as a cloakroom and a guest wc.
Off the hall is the sitting room with oak floor and an imposing fireplace. Double doors lead out to the garden. The dining room is also oak-floored with a bay window, while the TV room has a gas fire and double doors through to the breakfast room which is kept bright with an overhead skylight.
The fitted kitchen comes with granite work tops and again the floor is oak.
On the way upstairs there's a stained glass window looking out in the direction of the golf course.
The master bed chamber has a mirrored dressing room as well as an en suite wet room and, as mentioned, comes with a substantial balcony area with views of the course. The guest bedroom is also en suite.
The family bathroom comes with a luxurious spa bath and has walls of panelled wood.
The house has a utility room and the heating is gas-fired.
Outside there's a double garage to secure two vehicles.
The location of the local secondary school, within walking distance, will prove handy for new owners with children.
As well as golf, Malahide is also a centre for sailing and cricket with clubs to cater for both. There's a sub-aqua club and a strong local GAA club.
The village is renowned for its boutique shops and restaurants as well as a shopping centre.
According to the Central Statistics Office, Malahide village, which has a population of around 16,000, has a higher percentage of professionals than any other town in Ireland.
A big benefit to residents of the area is the day trip amenity that is Malahide Castle.
The castle itself dates from the 12th Century and comes with 260 acres of gardens and grounds which are open to the public.
The courtyard at the Castle is usually buzzing with visitors at the weekends, with a museum, an Avoca cafe and a bike hire centre, enabling you to make the most of a visit there.
There's also an interactive Garden Exhibition area which details the story of Lord Milo Talbot and his sister Rose's botanical walled garden.
The garden itself is open to the public.
Malahide is 16km from the city centre but access is easy via the Dart and train as well as the 32, 42 and 102 bus routes.
On top of this, the area is situated within 10km of Dublin airport as well as being handy for the M50.
Blackwood Lane, Blackwoods, Malahide, Co Dublin
Asking price: €2.2m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc (01) 8454500