George Sebring was a pottery manufacturer who founded a city in Florida in 1912 and named it after himself. Sebring, Florida, later became famous as the home of an endurance race for sports cars known as The 12 Hours of Sebring. And the race gave its name to a very beautiful 1960s Maserati coupé and a considerably less beautiful line of Chryslers. Sebring is also an Australian racehorse, now retired.
So the name 'Sebring' has been traded around a lot. And in the southern outskirts of Wicklow town, it was the name chosen for an architect-designed split-level house overlooking the sea.
'Sebring' is at Ballyguile Mór, a cul de sac enclave of 20 detached houses on a hill rising from Greenhill Road about a kilometre from the town, and all are well placed for views of the coast. On a clear day it is claimed you can see Snowdonia from there.
Built in 1993, 'Sebring' is 2,992 sq ft in size and, having been built into the hillside, it's rather an unusual shape. At its centre is a double-height atrium from which all the main rooms radiate, with steps up to the bedrooms and down to the reception rooms.
The first of these is a living room with a gas-fitted fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows. There's also a dining room with sliding doors to a terrace at the south west, while the kitchen has a door to another terrace on the other side of the house.
The master bedroom has an en-suite with a separate steam shower. One of the other three bedrooms is also en-suite, while the main bathroom has a jacuzzi bath.
Two more rooms might be used as bedrooms should the need arise - a study on the lower floor and a games room upstairs, with four skylights.
'Sebring' is for sale for €695,000 with O'Gorman Properties (01) 287 1144.