Live seaside in Sutton in this €1.7m beach house
Modern build on the Howth Road comes with Tiger-era extras
Might Howth have once been an island? It was if you accept the conventional wisdom that Sutton - the narrow neck joining it to Dublin - is a tombolo.
A tombolo is a conjoining link which occurs when flowing water slows in the gap between an island and the mainland and drops sediment it is carrying. The deposits build up eventually to fill in the space between the two and a peninsula is formed.
With the recent sunny spell, the happy geographical lot of Sutton residents is their vast accumulation of powdery tombolo-forming sediment. The 1.3km long Burrow Beach running along Sutton's back is probably Dublin's finest and silkiest strand.
Increasingly, those who want a modern family home here are acquiring run-down versions and starting again. The owners of Burrow House on the Howth Road in Sutton did just this when they acquired a 1940s house at the height of the Celtic Tiger.
Before the crash kicked in, they knocked it down and built this three storey home. The house is built in a style which gives a nod to the early 20th century but inside it is wholly modern, with a collection of high-end fittings which tend only be found in Irish houses built in the high-spending period from 2003 to 2006.
Now the property is for sale with Tiger era quality extras which include triple glazing to help bring this property's BER up to a decent B1. There's a central vacuuming system which means you plug the nozzle into the wall in each room and don't have to drag the hoover about with you.
There's also a surround sound music system built so you can listen to the same tunes in every room as you go. The ground floor, but unusually also the first floor, are concreted with an underfloor heating system installed.
The house also has a roof terrace garden at first floor level accessed off the back bedrooms and providing another bonus enjoyment factor during good weather periods. The beach is five minutes walk away.
At almost 4,500 sq ft, this is a property for a large family or for someone who plans to do a lot of entertaining. There's a high level of privacy to the parents of a family who buy it as master bed chamber is on the top floor with a private ensuite bathroom and walk-in wardrobe.
The four family bedrooms on the second floor below are all double sized and one of them comes with its own ensuite - also with a dressing room and an ensuite wet room. The communal family bathroom has a circular shaped whirlpool bath installed.
Downstairs houses the main receptions and the kitchen. The reception hall has a marble floor and leads into the drawing room. This has a solid oak floor and a bespoke carved marble fireplace in a period style which was specially carved for this property.
Folding panelled doors connect this to the games room which is fitted in library and display shelving and comes with an enclosed gas fire.
Another set of folding doors lead into the family kitchen and dining area. It means that for home entertaining, all of these rooms can be opened up into one vast roaming reception area.
The heart of the kitchen is a gas fired Aga and the cream coloured cabinets here are also handmade. There's a Belfast sink and a central island unit with a polished granite top - all within reach of the main dining area.
The utility room is fully fitted with matching cupboards and has a laundry chute from the first floor landing. Completing the ground floor accommodation is a decent sized guest wc and a wood panelled study or home office.
The property is accessed outside through electronically controlled security gates. The rear garden is south-facing.
The heating is gas but today you won't need it - just the washing machine at full pelt to take accumulation of beach-trip sand from your clothes.
Howth Road, Sutton, Dublin 12
Asking price: €1.7m
Agent: Property Team JB Kelly (01) 9014377