Front seat sea views on your doorstep at Sutton for €950k
The Sutton peninsula long ago shed its 'Howth Lite' reputation
Few parts of Dublin offer homes with wholly uninterrupted front door views across the sea.
As it happens, most of them appear to be on the Northside, in particular around Clontarf and Sutton. This is in contrast to the Southside coast where most water proximate homes tend to have their sea views blocked or diluted by public buildings, or by rail installations.
Sutton is particularly blessed with beaches of the finest sand that open up for hundreds of yards when the tide goes out, uncovering the freshest walks twice daily.
As the 'neck' of the Howth Peninsula, Sutton has the distinction of having the sea close by on both sides of some of its residential stretches.
And so, at 84 Dublin Road in Sutton, you can stand at your front door and scan the bay from Howth Head, to the Bull Island Nature Reserve, to the distant Sugarloaf Mountain. Because, let's face it, once you have an uninterrupted view, you like to have something going on within it. As any photographer will tell you, a sea view without some 'interest' in it is just three lines.
Number 84 is a substantial period semi-detached home laid out over three levels. It also seems to be a rather unique hybrid of the typical 'pastel' sea villa style so beloved of the moneyed Victorian bucket and spaders, and a more regular inland Edwardian.
There's some delightful Victorian architectural grandiosity going on with the front bay window column castellated at the top and a recessed and grandly columned porch with a railed balcony overhead - presumably to get a more elevated look at your marine tableau.
Since the Celtic Tiger years, Sutton has been shaking off its traditional 'Howth Lite' image and huge interest has built up in the homes along this stretch, not least because of the sheer variety of architectural playfulness on display.
Residents of the area include U2's Larry Mullen Junior, the former fashion and latterly homewares designer Carolyn Donnelly, and the 'Celtic' artist Jim FitzPatrick.
Number 84 is also typical of the sort of restorations which have been carried out through the last decade, with an artier set doing period style with creative colour and cool.
The entrance, as stated, is under a covered porch and flanked by two imposing columns while the stout front door is softened with stained glass panels.
The entrance hall is floored in walnut, which brings with it a uniquely autumnal yet burnished and fiery glow. The living room to the front of the house gets the benefit of the bay window column at ground floor level for the sea pictorials and comes with a timber surround slate fireplace.
The family room has a marble surround version with a decorative tile inset. The dining room comes with a vaulted ceiling and double doors lead out to the rear garden.
The cut of the kitchen units take them into the 'well trendy' category despite being cream and there's an interesting cottage style bench seat. It has granite worktops and a Rangmaster electric double oven and grill with a five-ring gas hob, electric platewarmer and an integrated extractor.
There's also an integrated Bosch dishwasher and a Whirlpool fridge/freezer. The kitchen area has access to a sun room.
Also on this floor is a study, as well as a utility room and a shower room.
Upstairs is the master bed chamber and the beneficiary of the upstairs front balcony, accessed by double glass doors.
There are five bedrooms in all and two bathrooms, one with balcony access. The family bathroom comes with its own sauna.
Sutton has a DART station ensuring rapid access to the city centre, to nearby Howth, which also enjoys some breathtaking views and walks, and to Malahide, with its boutique shops and pub eateries.
The property price register shows that only a handful of these homes have come on the market in the last five years and they're not making any more Dublin coastline like this.
84 Dublin Road
Sutton, Dublin 13
Asking price: €950,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 8394022