Imagine the life, have a swim in the morning in your own indoor pool, relax afterwards in the sauna and then have a refreshing dip in the Jacuzzi, or relax by your own pool bar sipping cocktails, shaken, but not stirred. Then in the evening invite some friends around to enjoy a movie or watch the footie in your own private cinema.
That relaxing lifestyle might have seemed a thing of the past but it's still available at nearly half what it cost during the boom.
A detached house on its own grounds, at 37 Abbotts Hill, Malahide, Co Dublin, was offered for sale in 2008 for €6.5m and now it's available for €3.6m – that's a €2.9m price cut.
In addition, the five-bedroom house also offers other leisure facilities such as shooting some pool in the games room or lounging on the roof-top garden, while taking in the view of the Irish Sea
It's a perfect home for entertaining,. Even the pool room can set a fun tone for less formal night time occasions with its painting of a belly dancer as well as its pool bar providing an unusual setting for drinks before dinner. The pool itself is an easy 11 metre stretch.
The cinema (7.32x4.42m) is located in the basement and is equipped with sound-proofed walls and built-in recliner chairs.
Sitting on a three-acre site, the floor area of the house extends to 740sqm.
It was built in 2007 in a development of 40 upmarket houses, and enjoys views of Malahide beach, The Island Golf Club and Lambay Island. No expense was spared in designing the house to what the original owner envisaged as a five-star plus lifestyle.
As much as €100,000 alone was spent on the white, hand-painted Mark Wilkinson kitchen with its electric Aga cooker, American-style fridge and an island unit with excellent quality granite worktops.
Belle Cheminee marble fireplaces grace the drawing room, dining room, and family room, while Villeroy and Boch sanitary ware features throughout the house.
In addition an integrated sound system can convey music to the main rooms and even the garden.
The entrance hall hosts a solid marble staircase and leads to a balustraded landing where double doors open onto a front balcony.
Upstairs the master bedroom has an en suite bathroom and has a walk-in dressing room.
A second bedroom has an en suite shower and walk-in dressing room. The other three double bedrooms are also en suite.
For comfort in the winter it is also equipped with underfloor heating.
The roof-top terrace, with its outdoor speakers, decking and built-in seating, offers panoramic views over Lambay Island.
Approached through electric gates, its security features include camera intercom and CCTV. The cobblelock driveway can fit eight cars, plus there is a double garage. Its rear garden is south facing and landscaped.
Living by the sea is a big plus. Five minutes down the road you're at the sea and can enjoy a refreshing walk along the seafront from Malahide to Portmarnock.
Then there are the other attractions of Malahide with its marina, gourmet restaurants, famous castle, specialist shops and boutiques. As well as the convenience of a Dart station it is also within easy access from the M50, M1 and Dublin Airport.
For further information contact Morrisons 01 2937100