Four of a kind: Dublin homes with sea views currently up for sale
Gortinore is one of a pair of houses - its neighbour is Gortnadrew - designed in the Scotch Baronial style by the architect Sir Thomas Drew. Drew is associated with church architecture (he was the consulting architect at Christ Church Cathedral), and was a commissioner for the township of Blackrock and the first occupant of the chair of architecture in NUI in 1910.
Gortinore dates from 1877, is located on an elevated site on Alma Road, which slopes down from the Monkstown Road towards the sea, and has spectacular sea views. The house has been well cared for over the years and most of its original period features, including stained glass, sash and case windows, pitch pine doors and floorboards, and brass doorknobs remain in situ.
In total there is 345sqm of living space spanning three floors, along with gardens to both front and rear. The grand reception rooms are on the entrance floor; the double-aspect drawing room with bay window is to the front, while the dining room is to the rear, overlooking the garden. The kitchen/ breakfast room is to the back of the house.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms. The master bedroom is en suite and has views out over Dublin Bay.
At garden level there is a family room, double bedroom, shower room and study.
There is an excellent choice of both primary and secondary schools in the area, and the Dart station at Seapoint is at the end of the road. There is sea-swimming at the Martello Tower, just a couple of minutes' walk away, and the shops and restaurants of Monkstown and Blackrock are equidistant.
Agent: Janet Carroll (087) 400 2020
The Asgard apartments are situated at the foot of Balscadden Road adjacent to Howth village. There are only 17 apartments in the development, which has uninterrupted sea views over Balscadden Bay and beach. Three smaller apartments - numbers 9, 10 and 11 - have been converted into one very large apartment on the top floor, with 145sqm of living space, made up of a spacious living area leading to an open plan kitchen. There are two bedrooms, one of which is en suite, and a bathroom. The Dart station is a short walk away, as are the shops, bars and restaurants of Howth village and the bustling harbour. The estimated rental income for the apartment is in the region of €3,000 per month.
Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000
Whaler's Cove on Brighton Lane in Monkstown is a contemporary coastal house with exceptional sea views and 100sqm of living space. The ground floor is fully open plan, with archways connecting the different spaces. To the left of the entrance hall, the living room is kept cosy with a Jotul woodburning stove, while the hand-crafted kitchen is a triple-aspect room. Upstairs, two double bedrooms have large windows that frame the views across Dublin Bay. There is also a single bedroom, a shower room and a utility room. There is direct access from the kitchen area and living room to the Tim Austen-designed garden, which also provides off-street parking. Monkstown village and the Dart station are a short walk away.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 288 0088
Floreal, with an address at 14 Dublin Road, Sutton, is a four-bedroom home with 113sqm of living space that has been upgraded and refurbished. The location right on the coast provides exceptional sea views. On the ground floor, there is a porch, entrance hall, living room, dining room, fully fitted kitchen/ breakfast room and a separate shower room. Upstairs there is three double bedrooms and one single room leading to a large balcony overlooking the sea. There is also a family bathroom. Floreal is a few minutes from Sutton Cross, where there are boys' and girls' schools, shops and cafes. There are gardens to the front and back as well as off-street parking, and the Dart is close by to facilitate the commute into the city centre.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 839 4022