Super modern Edwardian enclave on the market for €1.175m in Wicklow
Fun for all the family in Edwardian enclave
Eagle Valley is located adjacent to the Slazenger family's Powerscourt estate in Wicklow, close to the N11. Built in the mid 90s on land originally belonging to the estate, the houses are large and detached, the roads meander and there's enough variety in terms of architectural design to set the development apart from other less aspirational, more cookie-cutter, enclaves.
Now mature, the planting throughout is well-established and the gardens tended to within an inch of their lives. As the traffic through the estate moves at a sedate pace, parents are comfortable allowing their children to roam and explore on their bicycles and scooters. And at this time of year, with the tantalising prospect of a sunny summer ahead, that's exactly what most families want for their little darlings - friends on tap and a social life that doesn't involve having to be ferried everywhere in a car.
Eagle Valley looks as if it might be somewhere that the parents socialise together too - one can imagine all manner of summer barbeques and drinks on the patio on the long evenings ahead, and cosy kitchen suppers and boisterous cocktail parties in the winter months.
Number 14 is Georgian style and symmetrical, with two windows either side of the front door and five on the first floor above. Staged for sale, the house has 2,895 sq ft of living space and looks immaculate. To the left of the entrance hall is a study with fitted shelving, while to the right is the drawing room with a feature fireplace. Double doors lead from here to the family room, where there is a cinema projector and screen, and which also has access to the side garden.
Another set of double doors leads to the kitchen/dining room, housed in an extension that spans the back of the house, with wall-to-wall windows and French doors opening out to the rear garden.
The fully-fitted kitchen has a breakfast bar and comes with built-in appliances. Off the kitchen, the former garage has been converted into a utility/laundry room, which has bags of storage and shelving, and could also be used as a playroom, home office or gym.
On the first floor are four double bedrooms and one single, all of which have fitted wardrobes, while the master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe.
The master bedroom and two others have ensuite shower rooms and there is also a spacious family bathroom, with a pink roll-top free-standing bath. The attic is accessible from the master bedroom and has been floored to provide further storage.
The rear garden is laid in lawn and surrounded by mature trees which provide shelter and privacy. There is a patio area for eating outdoors.
In location terms, Eagle Valley is ideal for families with a love of outdoor pursuits. The Powerscourt estate next door has a magnificent waterfall and spectacular gardens, and there are lovely walks both there and in the nearby wetlands at Knocksink woods, which run alongside the Glencullen river and are home to red squirrels, badgers, deer and rabbits.
Wicklow is a walker's delight, and Enniskerry is well placed for exploring the Wicklow Way walking route.
There are several equestrian establishments in the locality and a pony club branch nearby. The Kilmacanogue show is an annual highlight for young riders, demanding feverish mane-plaiting and tack polishing.
Golfers are spoilt for choice, with Powerscourt, Glen of the Downs and Dun Laoghaire clubs all close by, while there are tennis, rugby and sailing clubs in nearby Greystones.
Enniskerry is a picturesque village with a range of small independent shops, places to eat and pubs. Bray has branches of all the major supermarkets, but it is Delgany - home to the excellent Delgany Grocer, Firehouse Bakery and Pigeon House Café - that these days is the food destination to beat all others.
Greystones, is home to the Happy Pear veg shop and eaterie run by the tv celeb cooking Flynn twins who run the show.
Powerscourt National School is just across the road from the entrance to Eagle Valley and other primary schools in the area include Curtlestown NS and St Mary's. St Gerard's, which is mixed, has both primary and secondary departments, and Aravon is also close by. A private feeder bus brings pupils to Blackrock College, Mount Anville and St Andrew's.
Amongst the other amenities offered by the Powerscourt estate, it is also home to the Powerscourt Hotel with its fine-dining restaurant, spa and gym.
There is an Avoca café on the Terrace at Powerscourt and the flagship Avoca store at Kilmacanogue is just a short drive away.
14 Eagle Valley
Enniskerry, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €1.175m
Agent: Colliers (01) 6333700