Saturday 21 April 2018

Beachside beauty boasts views to thrill in Sutton for €1.5m

Beachfield House, Strand Road, Sutton, Dublin 13, €1.5m

Beachfield House, Sutton, Dublin
Beachfield House, Sutton, Dublin

Words by Katy McGuinness

Houses are often described by estate agents as having sea views, and sometimes that means that there's a little glimpse of the ocean if you stand on your tip-toes on the top landing of the property in question and crane your neck at an awkward angle. In the case of Beachfield House, however, the sea views are magnificent - and there's no getting away from them. They are not, as the saying goes, making any more beachfront.

Located on, but set well back from, Strand Road in Sutton, Beachfield House is one of a pair of grand Victorian semi-detached, three-storey-over-basement houses built in 1840. The two houses are approached by a shared driveway.

Beachfield has been in the same family for the past 40 years or thereabouts, and it is in good condition, having been well looked after during that time. New owners are likely to want to upgrade the existing bathrooms and install more, and adapt the ground floor reception rooms as a modern kitchen, but the bones of a fine house are already there.

The current owners - a family of academics - grew up in the house, and remember when the large front garden was laid out as a grass tennis court, where they held tournaments with their friends all summer long. It could do with a little TLC, but new owners with a taste for grass play could re-instate their own mini-Wimbledon here.

The view from Beachfield House
The view from Beachfield House

In total, Beachfield house has 0.75 acres of garden, most of it to the front, and an area to the side, partly in lawn, which could make an enclosed play area for children or a kitchen garden for anyone keen on growing their own. Mature trees - one with a children's swing suspended from it - and old stone walls give an old-world feel. The original coach-house to the back is now a separate residence and not included in the sale.

Beachfield is a gracious house, its proportions elegant and generous. It is also a very large property, with 385sqm of living space, and is likely to appeal mostly to large families.

As currently configured, the house has four bedrooms, three reception rooms and a kitchen, plus a self-contained apartment on the lower ground floor.

There's a fanlight over the front door and the entrance hall has tall ceilings and a feature arch. To the left are the two ground floor reception rooms - the drawing room to the front and the dining room to the rear - with folding doors linking the two. The kitchen is on the return, and has fitted presses; there is also a pantry under the stairs and a separate utility room.

The rooms with the best views are the first floor drawing room, and the master bedroom on the top floor, both of which span the width of the house. The sunrises and sunsets from these rooms must be magnificent. One of the four bedrooms is to the rear on the first floor, while the others are on the second floor return and on the top floor. The sole bathroom in the main house is on the first floor return.

The house retains many original period features, including ornate ceiling plasterwork, coving and centre roses, marble fireplaces and working shutters, but the windows to the front have been double-glazed.

Originally, the kitchen of the house would have been in the basement, but that lower floor has been converted into a self-contained, two-bedroom apartment.

New owners would have the choice of re-integrating the apartment into the main house, and re-establishing the kitchen in its original location, or retaining the apartment either for rental income, as a granny flat or for staff accommodation.

The nearest shops are at Sutton Cross, a short drive away, and schools in the area include the fee-paying Sutton Park, which caters for boys and girls, and Santa Sabina for girls.

Howth offers a wide range of pubs and restaurants, many specialising in seafood, and excellent specialty food shops.

Sailing is the dominant sport in the area, with one of the local sailing clubs just a four-minute walk away from the house - a summer boon for families wanting to ensure that their teenagers get plenty of wholesome outdoor activity. For land-lubbers, there are also rugby, tennis and golf clubs, while the walking paths across the Howth and Sutton peninsula are a year-round amenity.

Dublin Airport is a 20-minute drive away, and there is convenient access to the M50 and the motorway network. Beachfield has been on the market for some time, during which the price has dropped from €1.95m to the current €1.5m.

For a purchaser with a yen for sea air, and plenty of it, it's an intoxicating prospect.


Agent: Sherry FitzGerald: (01) 839 4022
Viewing: By appointment

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