'Tiger' Georgian could be yours for €1.4m
A 5,000 sq ft home built in 2000 looks back 200 years
Milden House was completed in the millennium year 2000, possibly the optimum year of performance for the Irish economy at a time when it was humming along - not too hot nor too cold. It was also a year of sweeping optimism nationwide.
Our international competitiveness had been at its peak, economic growth was running at 5pc, unemployment had reduced to 4pc, the IRA had pledged its willingness to lay down arms, tourism hit record new highs and the country was progressing well towards qualification for the 2002 World Cup.
That same millennium optimism is apparent today throughout many of the big homes constructed during that year as self builders, believing the future to be bright, constructed more and spent large. Built optimism is one of the best reasons to buy an early 'Tiger' pad today.
One-off rural house builders went all out and invested in quality workmanship in a period just before the property boom ratcheted up a few notches and before tradesmen became scarce and overpaid, and workmanship turned shoddy as they rushed through record numbers of new homes at speed.
Back in 2000, a lack of modern luxury abodes to take reference from caused us to look back in time for inspiration. For the millennial self builder, going one-off and ambitious usually meant giving a great big nod to the Georgian era.
While they have dated a tad, there are both successes and failures from our enthusiastic spate of millennial Georgian mock-ups from the mid to late 90s and early 2000s. The Georgians had got it right in the first place by keeping their designs exceedingly simple. Generally the same applied to their better noughties successors.
Milden at Osberstown in Naas, Co Kildare is an example of a mock Georgian where the lines are clean and simple for the most part.
Located just outside Naas with 24 acres attached, it's in the heart of equestrian country and would be useful for those who would like to keep a few horses. Aside from two large railed-paddocks it has two stables as well as outdoor security lighting and 300 yards of direct frontage to the River Liffey.
The main hall has presence with a rustic flagstone floor and three-metre high ceilings with light coving details. The swept and well crafted staircase with mahogany hand rail also looks the part. The main drawing room has an Italian period style fireplace and a big bay window with a side door out to the patio.
There's a family room which comes with a decorative fireplace and a door leading to the home's office room which is in turn equipped with recessed lighting.
The formal dining room has enough space for a 10-seater sit down and there's a rustic style kitchen/breakfast room also with a flagstone floor, French style units and an island workstation.
It has granite worktops, a four oven Aga and a substantial larder. To the rear of the house is a back hall, a utility room and a boot room, also flagged, for divesting muddy farm and equestrian footwear. There's also underfloor heating throughout.
There are five bedrooms with an ensuite shower room and walk-in wardrobe off the master chamber. Three more of the bedrooms are ensuite equipped. Naas is 4km away on the M7 with all its shopping amenities, restaurants and pubs and the Arrow train service is located 3km away at Sallins.
With €1.395m in the bank and a fancy for an equestrian life, you can buy (almost) Georgian.
Osberstown, Naas, Co Kildare
Asking price: €1.395m
Agent: Jordans (045) 433550 Goffs Country (045) 981048