Four of a kind near the M1
Sunday Independent Property looks at four homes near the M1
Built around 1830, Sandymount House is an L-plan two-storey over basement house on the water, with views out over Dundalk Bay and towards the Cooley Mountains. The bowed main entrance and oriel windows to the south-west are its most distinctive architectural features.
The house is approached by granite steps with specially fabricated iron railings. An entrance hall leads directly to the drawing room, positioned to take advantage of the magnificent views and with a feature marble fireplace.
The family sitting room is less grand, and more suited to every day living. There is a separate formal dining room, and a south south-facing sun-room--. A country-style kitchen is made homely by the presence of an AGA, and there is a separate breakfast room.
A marble staircase to the second floor is lit by a large window with stained-glass panels. The three bedrooms to the rear have lovely views, and the master bedroom is en suite. There are two further bedrooms and a main family bathroom. The basement is accessed from the front of the house and the kitchen, and has a utility area and games room with sauna.
The house was designed to link seamlessly with its gardens by means of doors which directly link the principal reception rooms to the gardens. These have been meticulously maintained and are bounded by a stone wall. There is also a floodlit tennis court.
Sandymount House is located in the heart of the seaside village of Blackrock, Co Louth, close to the M1 and almost equidistant from Dublin and Belfast.
Sporting activities in the area include kite-surfing on Blackrock beach, and the house is located in the Louth Foxhounds' country, within easy boxing distance of most meets.
Nearby equestrian centres include Ravensdale Lodge and Parkview, and there are regular evening meets at Dundalk racecourse. Dundalk Golf Club is within walking distance, and Ballymascanlon Golf Course a short drive away.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Carroll (042) 9332173 / Sherry Fitzgerald Country Homes (01) 237 6300
The selling agents describe 39 Newry Road in Dundalk as being in need of refurbishment, "but realistically priced" and "oozing with potential". Certainly the property will be of interest to those in search of a project. The location makes the house convenient to the M1 motorway, for anyone who has to commute between Dublin and Belfast, as well as to Dundalk town centre. There's 100 sqm of living space and the accommodation includes a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom, and two bedrooms. Outside, there's a garage and a large rear garden, which may offer the option to extend, subject to planning permission.
Agent: REA Gunne (042) 933 5500
Bright in Balbriggan
This three-bed detached house on Flemington Park has 98 sqm of bright and spacious living space, and the agents say that the house is in excellent condition. The west-facing rear garden is private and not over-looked. On the ground floor, there is a sitting/dining room, separate lounge, kitchen and bathroom, while upstairs are three bedrooms, with the master en suite, plus a family bathroom. Flemington Park is minutes from the M1, and convenient to Dublin Airport and the M50 routes. There are magnificent beaches along the coast, and good walks in the grounds of Ardgillan Castle.
Agent: O'Connor Property Consultants (01) 691 0404
Detached in Drogheda
There are just 11 houses in this new development at Yew Abbey, located in a mature site within 200 metres of the rural village of Tinure, Drogheda, Co Louth. The houses range in price from €495,000 for a four-bed house, to €795,000 for the largest house, which has seven bedrooms. The development is distinctive and characterful, with three different house designs, each sitting on its own large site. Positioned just off the M1, 8km from Drogheda and 30 minutes from Dublin Airport, it is well located for those needing to commute between Dublin and Belfast.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Lannon (041) 983 8168