VIDEO: Coastal manor in Malahide on the market for €1.7m
This house will make you feel at home in affluent Malahide.
According to the Central Statistics Office, the coastal town of Malahide has more professionals living in it than any other town in Ireland; employers, managers and higher professionals make up over 41% of its population.
Perhaps this is why Malahide - unlike some of its threadworn southside coastal counterparts - feels like the town that the recession passed by.
For starters, the town has 38 restaurants, including one - Bon Appetit - with a Michelin star, although chef Oliver Dunne has recently said that he expects to be handing that back soon, as he has opted for a less formal offering in terms of both food and service in his James' Terrace premises.
Malahide has plenty of pubs too, the most well-known being Gibneys, where Robbie Keane has been known to join in with the singing of an evening.
And it has shops. Boutiques and shoe shops and gift shops and children's clothes shops and proper butchers and food shops that all actually look as if they might be doing some business. And there's the marina, with 300 berths to accommodate some seriously smart boats.
And if any further evidence of Malahide's prosperity were needed, the presence of an Avoca store, in a courtyard setting in the grounds of Malahide Castle, with a food hall and café that are thronged all day long, is proof positive that Malahide is a town at the top of its game.
The 12th Century Castle, with its extensive ornamental gardens, has been home to the Talbot family for over 800 years and is the focus of an ambitious development plan by Fingal County Council to make it one of Ireland's top visitor destinations. It is a spectacular local amenity.
Myra Manor was developed in the mid 2000s at the height of the Celtic Tiger years and during a trend in this location for top end gated schemes.
Myra comprises a couple of dozen large individual detached houses. The current owners bought No. 12 as a shell in 2008 for a price in the region of €3.5m. They went on to spend a further €400,000 on fixtures and fittings.
Now they are building a new house a few miles away, and are preparing, with a certain amount of regret, to leave the very comfortable home that they have created in Myra Manor. Behind electric gates, there is a gravelled and gated area to the front of the house with parking for at least half a dozen cars.
Inside, the entrance hall is floored in glamorous porcelain. Other parts of the house are floored in walnut.
At over 5700 sq ft, this is a substantial house by any standards. Concrete-built, there is underfloor heating throughout and a central vacuum system. There are also sophisticated sound and lighting systems.
On the ground floor, the family room is located to the left of the entrance hall, and a smaller room accessed off it is kitted out as a home gym. To the right of the entrance hall is a large home office.
At the back of the house, which faces south, the smart walnut kitchen with central island is fitted with high standard appliances and opens on to a huge sunroom overlooking the garden. There are double doors to the garden from the dining room and drawing room as well as the sunroom.
There are also two cloakrooms, a guest lavatory and a utility room at ground floor level.
On the first floor, there are four double bedrooms, all of which are ensuite. The master bathroom has a bath, shower and double sinks, as well as a walk-in dressing room, and a verandah overlooking the back garden.
The bathrooms are hotel-style, with high quality fittings and tiling, and the bedrooms are generously proportioned and thoughtfully decorated.
Up on the second floor, the owners installed a bar and cinema room. There is a large fifth bedroom on this level, with its own bathroom and walk-in dressing room.
At the back of the house, a heated barbecue area allows for year-round outdoor eating, and there is a large and rather superior shed, which could be put into service as a games room.
The garden wraps around the back of the house; in total the site is about a third of an acre.
Number 12 Myra Manor is in walk-in condition and would make a very comfortable family home, with the fifth bedroom on the top floor suitable as au pair accommodation. In terms of schools, there are several national schools nearby. Sutton Park is also within easy reach.
Malahide is associated with maritime activity and there are sailing, tennis and rugby clubs in the town. Golfers have a choice of courses in the area.
Malahide station and the DART line are 1.5km away. Myra Manor is on the 42 bus route into the city centre and Dublin airport is 12km away.
12 Myra Manor, Malahide, Co Dublin. Asking price: €1.7m. Agent: O'Connor Property Consultants: 01 8491660