Dublin home complete with a personal bar can be yours for €1.5m
With a bar and games room this spacious family home is great for entertaining
Many homes these days come with a games room or a home cinema, but how many properties have an entire floor devoted to entertainment and leisure?
The top tier at 35 Castleknock Lodge in Dublin 15, which has just been placed for sale at a price of €1.5m, is a 50-foot long suite devoted exclusively to downtime with features including a full-sized pool table, a home cinema, fusball, and a full-sized mahogany pub counter complete with full mirror backing, brass taps and fittings and four high back swivel bar chairs.
The owners, whose children grew up in the house, say the games floor functioned as a magnet for all their boys' friends when they were still living at home and point out that the house has great form as a party pad.
"It's been a great house for entertaining," they say, "a great Christmas house, and a great house for family gatherings."
The current owners will have been living at 35 Castleknock Lodge for 21 years come Easter, and they are leaving with some regrets. The house has, they say, been a wonderful family home but is simply too big now that the three sons who came to live there as schoolboys are grown up and married.
Castleknock Lodge is located just off the main street of Castleknock Village, but once through the electronic gates of the smart enclave you could be anywhere. The small development is quiet and secluded, with substantial houses on large plots. The houses were all built to individual designs in the late 70s and many are now owned and occupied by young families, having changed hands in recent years. Handily, there is a pedestrian gate from the estate with direct access onto the main street, and you can be at the shops in less than a minute. "You are right in the hub of everything," says selling agent, Michelle Curran of Sherry Fitzgerald.
Number 35 is, by any standards, a large home, with almost 4,900 sq ft of living space, but it feels spacious rather than overwhelming, and the flow of space through the rooms on the ground floor functions well for modern and busy family life.
To the left of the cream porcelain-tiled entrance hall is the drawing room entered by double stained glass doors, and with a fine marble fireplace. Matching double doors open to the dining room and in turn there is access directly into the kitchen and, via sliding doors, on into the spacious sunroom overlooking the rear garden.
The kitchen is fitted with hand-painted solid wood units in ivory with granite worktops. A number of appliances are included in the sale. There's a separate utility room, guest lavatory, and a cosy family sitting room off the entrance hall.
A spiral staircase leads up to the first floor, where there are six double bedrooms. Two, including the master, are en suite and there is a lavish and over-sized family bathroom featuring a raised Jacuzzi bath and separate shower unit.
Also on this floor is an outdoor sun terrace.
At ground floor level, there's a separate self-contained unit with its own shower room that would be suitable as au pair or granny accommodation, or as a home office. This has separate side access.
Outside, there's parking for several cars, and a spacious garden with plenty of room for rugby and football practice, and a trampoline or three.
Castleknock is of course the most desirable of villages on Dublin's northside. The village itself has an array of smart shops and restaurants to rival anything on the southside. The Shamon boutique is a particular favourite of the well-dressed women of the area, while Thomas Kendall hairdressers and the luxurious New York-style So Belle beauty salon ensure that grooming standards in the area are impeccable. Castleknock is certainly not a village in which anyone would ever dream of popping out for a carton of milk without their face done, let alone in their pyjamas.
As well as these glamorous establishments, Castleknock also has the more mundane shops that make it a proper village. There's a cobbler, pharmacy and post office, plus a selection of convenience stores and food shops, and two pubs.
In terms of restaurants, local favourites include the Okra Green Indian restaurant, Wongs, and The Brasserie, while those who want to eat restaurant-quality food at home head for the local branch of The Butler's Pantry, which stocks real bread from its own bakery, as well as a great range of ready-prepared meals to make life that little bit easier and tastier.
As No 35 is likely to be bought by a young family, the proximity to schools such as Castleknock College, Mount Sackville, St. Brigid's National School and the Castleknock Educate Together will be another draw. Phoenix Park and the Farmleigh Estate, with its monthly farmers' market and lovely walks, are two hugely popular local amenities. The Castleknock tennis and golf clubs are also within easy reach.
In terms of public transport, there are train stations at Castleknock and Parkway, and a frequent bus service into the city centre via the 37, 38 and 39 bus routes. Dublin city centre is three and a half miles away, Dublin Airport is a 20-minute drive and there is easy access to the M50 and M3.
35 Castleknock Lodge
Asking price: €1.5m
Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald (01) 8201800