4 of a kind... Sea Swims
2 Bayswater Terrace, Sandycove, Co Dublin €3,500,000
Swimming in Sandycove
No 2 Bayswater Terrace is a three-storey-over-garden-level beauty - one of only four on this secluded terrace tucked away off Sandycove Road. The location means that the house has unobstructed views of Dublin Bay but it also has direct and private access to the water's edge. There are very few houses in Dublin that are 'pied dans l'eau'.
No 2 has 385sqm of living space and is in immaculate condition having being used as a high-end corporate rental for the last decade. It retains many original period features including ornate ceiling coving and cornicing, working window shutters and period fireplaces, complemented by modern features such as polished natural stone floors, solid hardwood flooring, a Design House bespoke kitchen, fitted wardrobes, bookshelves and luxurious bathrooms.
The formal interconnecting drawing and dining rooms on the entrance floor open out on to a veranda; the house is geared towards entertaining.
At garden level there are a guest lavatory, laundry room, den and a bedroom with ensuite. The kitchen and dining area is fitted with top-of-the-range appliances and has a large island, and opens out on to the lower terrace and garden.
On the first floor there's a bay-windowed study that looks out to sea, as well as the principal bedroom, with a luxurious ensuite and bespoke fitted wardrobes. At second floor level there are three further double bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, and a family bathroom with double steam room. A second bathroom is on the return.
The 74m garden runs down to the water's edge, and at its end, a summer house is positioned directly adjacent to the water with a private gateway to facilitate a quick dip at any time.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 275 1000
Plunge in Portmarnock
465 Strand Road is a five-bedroom house with uninterrupted views of Portmarnock Beach and Lambay Island and large picture windows to make the most of the location. There's 167sqm of living space, with a living room, tv room, kitchen and separate utility room downstairs and five bedrooms (one en suite) and a family bathroom upstairs. Outside, the west-facing rear garden is nicely private. Portmarnock's Velvet Strand is a super sandy beach with coveted blue flag status, and there would be no excuse not to commit to a bracing daily dip - just across the road - if one lived here. Golfers are also well-provided for in the area. The Dart station is within walking distance and the house is 15km from the city centre and 7km from the airport.
Agent: O'Farrell Cleere Auctioneers (01) 845 3377
Leap in at Lambay
Lambay House on Red Island, Skerries, is a spectacularly positioned house occupying an elevated, south-facing site above the South Strand, with direct access to the beach and to the deepwater bathing places known as The Captains and The Springboards. Next door is a Martello tower, connected by line of sight with another tower on Shenick Island, reachable on foot at low tide. Lambay House dates from the 1960s, has 235sqm of living space and is in good retro 60s/70s condition but ripe for a makeover, upgrade or extension to maximise the potential of what must be one of the very best sites on the Dublin coastline. As currently configured, the house has five bedrooms. It is five minutes' walk from the centre of Skerries.
Agent: Kelly & Co (01) 849 1155
Crawl in Killiney
No 60 Seafield Court in Killiney is a three-bedroom semi-detached home on a quiet, tree-lined, cul-de-sac with off-street parking and a large sunny, south facing garden, that will appeal to young families. Downstairs, the living room has an open fire and the garden is accessed via French doors from the open-plan kitchen/dining room. Upstairs there are two double bedrooms, one single and a family bathroom. The garden is nicely private and the patio ideal for barbecues. Seafield Court has plenty of green spaces and is only minutes away from the beach at Killiney, where hardy types swim all year round and which is also a great meeting-place for the local canine population. Killiney Dart Station is within walking distance.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 275 1000