Wednesday 26 October 2016

Elegant family home in Carrickmines on the market for €1.385m

Katy McGuinness

Published 22/02/2016 | 16:04

Avalon, 16 Claremont Pines, Carrickmines, Dublin 18, €1.385m
Avalon, 16 Claremont Pines, Carrickmines, Dublin 18, €1.385m
Avalon, 16 Claremont Pines, Carrickmines, Dublin 18, €1.385m
Margaret and Brian Mangan at home in Carrickmines. Photo: Tony Gavin 11/2/2016
Brian and Margaret Mangan at home in Carrickmines. Photo: Tony Gavin 11/2/2016

When Margaret and Brian Mangan bought their home in 2001, Margaret remembers the previous owners being at pains to point out that, although they had bought the house “off the plans” in the late 70s, they had specified “internal tweaks”, thereby making No 16 subtly different to its neighbours.

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Avalon has been a comfortable family home for the Mangans and their five children, but now that several have begun to flee the nest, it’s time for the couple to move on.

Margaret recently retired from a career in fashion retail, and Brian is a hydrologist who can work from anywhere there is good broadband, so they hope to fulfil a long-held dream and move down the country. They are not tied to any particular location so “it’s all about the house, getting out of the rat race and finding a better quality of life”. The Mangans are also conscious of the buying power that they will have in a rural location when they sell their current home.

Claremont Pines is a small, mature estate located close to the junction of Brighton Road and Brennanstown Road, off Cornelscourt Hill. It’s well-positioned within walking distance of the villages of Foxrock and Cabinteely, and the Luas station at Carrickmines. A green area adjacent to the house will appeal to families.

Avalon is located at the end of a cul de sac. To the front, there is parking for several cars, and the house is positioned towards the centre of its plot so the gardens, which extend to about a third of an acre in total, wrap around the house and afford a high degree of privacy. The daffodils are just starting to bloom, the leaves are appearing on the trees, and there’s a feeling of spring in the air.

“I have places to sit all through the day to catch the sun,” says Margaret. “I have my first cup of coffee at the front, and my eleven o’ clock cup on the patio to the side. We eat lunch and barbecue on the patio at the back, and there’s a specially positioned seat at the end of the garden that’s perfect for G&Ts at sundown.”

On the ground floor, the dual aspect drawing/dining room is to the left of the main hallway. It’s a spacious room with a marble fireplace, polished marble hearth and a lovely, polished walnut floor.

“This is the grown-up sitting room,” says Margaret. “We light a fire every evening and Brian and I sit and read or watch television. We don’t treat it as a ‘good’ room.”

A retro serving hatch opens from the dining room into the kitchen, but tends to be used only at Christmas, as the family usually eats in the kitchen/breakfast room.

The Mangans had the Andrew Ryan Shaker-style kitchen fitted about eight years ago. Also on the ground floor are a study, family room, cloakroom and guest lavatory.

Upstairs, Avalon has five bedrooms, three of which are en suite, plus a large family bathroom and a walk-in hot press that Margaret says is one of her favourite things in the house. In the attic space above there is a custom-built home office with plenty of room and light for a master or mistress of the universe to run their empire.

Avalon, 16 Claremont Pines, Carrickmines, Dublin 18, €1.385m

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