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A slice of Wisteria Lane in Enniskerry for €1.2m

74 Eagle Valley Enniskerry, County Wicklow. Asking price: €1.2m. Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01-2866630)

IT'S the mid-afternoon rush hour at the swanky Eagle Valley estate in Enniskerry and the SUVs are cruising in and out on their way to and from the school pick-ups.

There's a certain irony in hearing Lily Allen's 'Silver Spoon' blasting through the windows of one.

"…..and when it's all over, I'm going to heaven in a Range Rover…."

Eagle Valley is a chunk of aspirational heaven just beside the Slazenger family's Powerscourt Estate in Wicklow, a couple of miles off the N11.

Built in the mid-90s, on land that originally belonged to the estate, the houses are large and detached, with plenty of space between them, and on a sunny afternoon in late summer it seems an idyllic location in which to raise a family.


The garden at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

The garden at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

Kitchen at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

Kitchen at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

Living room at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

Living room at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

The Sun Room at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry

The Sun Room at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry

74 Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

74 Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow


The garden at Eagle Valley, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow

The cars travel at a sedate, child-friendly pace and it appears as if this enclave is somewhere that parents might actually feel comfortable in allowing their offspring to ride their bicycles to and from friends' houses.

And whatever about the children, you can imagine the mummies and daddies having a fine local social life here too, with book clubs, drinks parties, summer barbecues and smart Ottolenghi-inspired chop-athon kitchen suppers.

It's Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives, Irish-style.

Eagle Valley is a mature estate, its planting established and the gardens well-tended.

One of the good things about Eagle Valley is that the roads meander and the houses are not all the same, with pockets of diverse architectural styles, including mock Tudor and Victorian.

Number 74 is Georgian-style and symmetrically double-fronted on a small hill at the top of a cul de sac of five. The position gives views out across towards Carrickgollogan and the lead mines from the upper floor.

There is parking for several cars on the cobble-lock driveway, a detached garage to one side along with back garden from both sides.

Decoratively, no 74 is in immaculate, turn-key condition. Warm yellows, pale creams and whites are used in most rooms, with pale carpets upstairs.

A large wood-floored entrance hallway leads through double doors on to the main living room to the left of the front door.

Together with the linked dining room, these two rooms provide good entertaining space. Both have wooden floors and reproduction period features including ceiling coving and centre roses.

The dining room in turn leads on to a sunroom, added by the owners some time after the house was built. Unlike so many of the conservatories attached to Irish houses, this one looks like somewhere you can imagine getting plenty of use all year round thanks to under-floor heating.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with painted cream units and a variety of integrated appliances. A separate utility room off the kitchen can be accessed directly from outside.

The television room is painted a deep red and with an open fireplace. There is a guest lavatory and under-stairs coat storage off the hallway too. Upstairs there are five bedrooms, one currently in use as a study. Of the remaining four, all are doubles and three ensuite. The master also has a separate dressing room with fitted wardrobes.

The bedrooms look on to the rear garden and the Powerscourt Golf Course beyond, and there is a large family bathroom with shower attachment on this floor.

The garage has been extended to accommodate a gym.

Outside, a patio area off the sunroom is placed to capture the last of the evening rays and must have hosted numerous al fresco meals.

The Powerscourt Estate next door has a magnificent waterfall and spectacular gardens, and there are lovely walks both there are in the nearby wetlands at Knocksink woods, which run alongside the Glencullen river.

There is a pony club branch nearby and the annual Kilmacanogue show is a popular debut for young riders. Golfers are spoilt for choice, with Powerscourt, Glen of the Downs and the Dun Laoghaire clubs all close by and there are tennis, rugby and sailing clubs in Greystones.Enniskerry is a picturesque village with a range of small independent shops, places to eat and pubs.

The Powerscourt Estate is also home to the Powerscourt Hotel (formerly the Ritz Carlton) with its fine-dining restaurant, spa and gym. There is an Avoca café on the Terrace at Powerscourt, and the flagship Avoca store at Kilmacanogue is just a short drive, so there is no need to travel far for retail therapy.

To steal a sentiment from Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany's, it's hard to imagine that anything very bad could ever happen to you in Eagle Valley.

It looks that way at least.

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