Designed for leisure in Westmeath
Edgefire Lodge €479,950
Thanks to the M4 motorway, it should be a fairly straightforward commute to Dublin from Edgefire Lodge, at The Downs in Co Westmeath.
The Downs is about halfway between Kinnegad and Mullingar, and you can get to the city from there in about 50 minutes or an hour. If you work in the west of the city, you'll get there even faster.
And, as is usually the case with long-distance commuting, what you lose in time you gain in space. Edgefire Lodge is a large detached property on 0.8 of an acre. The grounds include a lawn big enough to play team sports on weekends, and there's also a paved patio for meals after work on sunny evenings.
The house itself, too, is designed for the kind of leisure time that most commuters can't lay claim to. It has four living rooms together with a 900 sq ft games room in the detached garage, currently kitted out with a pool table, couches and fridges for refreshments.
The total floor area of the house itself is approximately 2,630 sq ft, with four bedrooms on the first floor. Three of these have en-suites and two have walk-in wardrobes.
This leaves the whole of the ground floor for relaxing while awake. On this level there's a living room with a solid-fuel stove, and there are double doors from there to the dining room and steps down to the conservatory. Both of these rooms have vaulted ceilings and French doors to the garden.
The kitchen has a solid-fuel stove and is fitted with handmade cabinets with marble countertops and a centre island with a breakfast bar. The ground floor has a sunroom as well, along with an office.
Edgefire Lodge is for sale for €479,950 with Sherry FitzGerald Davitt & Davitt in Mullingar (044) 934 0000.