At the foot of the Sugar Loaf: Substantial family home in an exclusive development in Wicklow
Substantial family home with mountain views in exclusive development, writes Alison Gill
Rocky Valley Crescent in Kilmacanogue was launched to market in 2006, when property prices were peaking right at the height of the boom. The scheme of 32 detached houses was one-of-a-kind at the time, with large family homes finished to a high specification in a scenic setting at the foot of the Sugar Loaf. At that time they were on offer from €1.3m to €1.6m.
Bo and Barry McDowell were one of the first buyers into the exclusive development when they bought No 5 off the plans. "We bought one of the original 10 houses that were launched in the first phase, and the development grew bigger over the years," recalls Bo. "I loved the beautiful location and Barry was sold on the double garage!"
The quiet estate is right behind Avoca Handweavers, so you'll never have to travel far for dinner, and is laid out in small culs-de-sac, with each house having a generous amount of space around it.
"It never feels like we're living in a development," says Bo. "It's so quiet and peaceful, with lots of privacy for each house. We're a close-knit community with great neighbours. In all our time here, there has never been any trouble."
The house comes to the market in top condition, thanks to Barry who loves to paint in his downtime. He also loves to wind down in the garden so that too is shipshape. He recently gave the kitchen a makeover when he hand-painted the units and the island. He didn't stop there either, with all rooms looking fresh and bright, so new owners will have little to do when they move in.
Bo is from South Korea, so they've had many visitors come stay with them from Seoul, who immediately fall in love with the area. "Sometimes when I'm on the phone to family and friends back home, I tell them I can see sheep from my windows, and they don't believe me," laughs Bo. "They are all stacked up in high-rise buildings and are so jealous of the space and beauty around us."
The couple has three adult sons, Rob, Johnny and Jeffrey, who are flying the coop, leaving their parents rattling around the house. Bo admits that they are suffering from empty nest syndrome and would love a young family to come along and use the house to its full potential.
"We have been so happy in this house, but we really don't need this much space anymore," admits Bo. "Half of the bedrooms are never used. Even when I have friends over, we rarely leave the kitchen."
The house is tucked away in the far end of the development and has a large block-paved driveway. The entrance hall has an Italian marble floor and two full-height windows to the front. There is a guest wc and a storage cupboard off the hall. To the left is the formal living room. This large room has a Canadian walnut floor, a bay window to the front, a gas fire and recessed speakers.
On the other side of the house is another sitting room which leads into the kitchen and dining room. The bright sitting room has windows to the front, side and rear, with double doors leading out to the garden. The windows are fitted with louvre shutters and the room is heated with underfloor heating.
When you see the kitchen/dining area, you can understand why the family spends most of their time there. There is room for a dining table and a separate seating area. The kitchen units have been painted in a French grey and the island compliments this colour with a dark blue finish. Worktops are a mix of granite and solid wood. There is a stainless steel electric oven and a range-style oven with a six-ring hob. Also included in the sale is a coffee machine, integrated fridge, dishwasher and Gorenje wine fridge.
The utility room off the kitchen has more built-in units and is plumbed for a washing machine and dryer. There is a door from here into the double garage. The garage is wired for electricity and has extra storage space in the roof.
Upstairs, the first-floor landing is lit by windows to the front and the rear. The master bedroom is to the right and comes with a dressing room and en suite bathroom.
While bedrooms two and three have their own shower room, bedroom four is a room with a mountain view.
Up again on the second floor are two more bedrooms, one to the left and one to the right. This dormer space would make a great games room, au pair accommodation or a large home office.
Outside, the gardens are packed with mature shrubs and trees. There is a large lawn area to the back and side, and a paved and pebbled patio. The house has a BER of B3 and an alarm system.
The development is just a few minutes from the M11 so commuting to the capital would be a cinch. Bray is a 10-minute drive away, Dundrum 20 minutes and St Stephen's Green is half an hour.
Keen walkers will be spoilt for choice with numerous walks close to the house including Knocksink Woods in nearby Enniskerry, the Sugar Loaf, Glendalough, Bray Head and Djouce Woods.
No 5 Rocky Valley Crescent is on the market with a guide price of €1.1m through Savills (01 6634300).