Fine Dublin family home with room to spare for €1.65m
Magheraboy Shielmartin Road, Sutton, Dublin 13 - €1.65m
There's a study to be done on the relationship between economic prosperity and the size of the houses we build. In Ireland, the good times heralded glass box extensions, open-plan interiors and expansive, generous-sized houses suited to entertaining and all the trimmings.
Architect-designed Magheraboy was built in 2005 and comprises all those boom-time touches - it has a floor area of 437sqm and, with four reception rooms, has more than enough elbow room to allow a family with teenagers to co-exist very peaceably.
An impressive hallway with fireplace is circled by a three-storey wooden stairs and mezzanine landing that continues all the way up to the attic floor. It is, according to selling agent Paul Menton of Quillsen, a perfectly-balanced house, symmetrical in design with two reception rooms to either side of the hallway.
To the front of the house there are two spacious reception rooms, both of which have large bay windows and fireplaces. At the rear is the large kitchen with built-in units and granite worktops as well as a central island offering plenty of counter space to the keen chef or host, with a double oven and American-style fridge all included in the purchase price.
Double doors lead out to the rear garden while the dining room, also with a fireplace, is off to one side of the kitchen. It opens into a large conservatory, which is currently in use as a playroom but could also be used as a garden room or home office - though the garden views might be distracting. There is also a utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor.
On the first floor, the generous proportions are carried through with four large double bedrooms, all of which are en suite with high-end Villeroy & Boch fittings. Those to the front have large bay windows while the pair to the rear also have walk-in wardrobes.
The attic floor has been converted and is currently in use as a bright and airy gym but could be re-imagined for many uses - including a home office, an extra bedroom or a space for teenagers. It also has superb views out across Dublin Bay.
This is the first time that the house has come to market and, selling agent Paul Menton says, there has been a good deal of interest both from international buyers, who value the fact that Magheraboy is only half an hour's drive to Dublin Airport and the city, and from the home market.
Sutton Park School, a private co-ed boarding and day school with facilities that include a heated swimming pool and astroturf sports pitches, is another draw.
Outside school hours there are the bucket-and-spade delights of the local beaches, the pier at Howth to stroll along, and the chance to enjoy a plate of fruits de mer fresh off the local fishing boats and served up at Crabby Joes, Aqua or the King Sitric.
For those in search of exercise, Howth Golf Club and Deerpark Golf Club are hardly more than a putt away, while nature lovers have access to a fine walk that leads all the way to Howth village as well as rambles over Howth Head.
The village of Sutton centres around Sutton Cross which has two shopping centres, the Marine Hotel, as well as a Dart and regular buses.
Size: 437 sqm
Agent: Quillsen Fairview (01) 903 6914
Viewing: Strictly by appointment