It's all shipshape in Malahide
73 Gainsborough Green €546k
Gainsborough seems to be an unlucky name for seagoing vessels. A trawl through the fascinating website, Irishwrecksonline.net, reveals there are two known ships called Gainsborough languishing at the bottom of the sea off the Irish coast, and another by that name sank in the North Sea in 1883.
One of the Irish wrecks was a brig from Ipswich that was wrecked at Gay Brook Cove in Malahide in 1838, with the loss of three lives.
The tragedy is commemorated in a Celtic Cross in front of the Band Room at Yellow Walls, and also in the name of Gainsborough development off the Swords Road in Malahide.
The name has proved luckier for a housing development, as it's now a well-established and comfortable community within easy reach of Malahide Castle, the DART station and the coast.
Number 73 Gainsborough Green is at the very end of the estate, flanked by parkland and fields to one side which give it an airy, rustic feel. Inside, though, it's a picture of urban comfort.
The property was extended in 2011 to provide a big, skylit kitchen and family room measuring about 25ft by 19ft. It has a vaulted ceiling with skylights, and the external walls are almost entirely glazed, so it's extremely bright, and has sliding doors to the decked back garden.
Also on the ground floor there's a lounge with a sandstone fireplace, linked by double doors to a dining room or play room.
The first floor has four bedrooms, one of which is used as a walk-in wardrobe for the en-suite master bedroom. The attic has also been converted; at present it's a games room and there's an en-suite shower up there. The total floor area is 1,835 sq ft.
It's for sale for €546,000 with Property Team Noel Kelly (01) 846 2752.