Four homes on the market that would be perfect for a downsize
Four properties around the country that would be suitable for homeowners looking to downsize.
Creative in Co Clare
Woodfield Lodge, Broadfield, Co. Clare
There is down-sizing and there is down- sizing, and Woodfield Lodge, with spectacular views over Doon Lough in Broadford, Co Clare, is an example of a house that might appeal to those in search of a new adventure, in a tranquil and secluded rural location, yet with all the conveniences of a contemporary home.
Moving from a period house on several levels, to a modern home on one level, may be just the ticket for a particular cohort of down- sizers, rather than moving to a much smaller property.
Woodfield Lodge is approached along a woodland road and through automated gates. To the front and rear there are terraces, ponds, mature planting, and woodland. The back of the house has views over the lake; there is access for boats via a public slipway a few hundred metres down the road.
The lodge has been extended, refurbished and decorated with some flair by the current owners, and now offers 306sqm of bright and spacious open-plan accommodation, all arranged on one level to make the most of the views through the picture windows across the lake to the mountains beyond.
Woodfield Lodge has a contemporary feel with an emphasis on light and an easy flow from one room to another. There are two double-height vaulted reception rooms, a bespoke modern kitchen, large utility room, and four en-suite bedrooms. The master bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath, multi-jet shower and a luxurious sauna. An artist's studio in the grounds will give the creatively-minded an opportunity to develop their talents in peace and quiet, and there is plenty of hunting, shooting, fishing and golfing in the surrounding area.
Agent: Ganly Walters (01) 662 3255
By the Dart in Dun Laoghaire
For sale: €495k
114 Harbour View on Crofton Road in Dun Laoghaire is on the third floor of this modern development opposite the Dart station and has 75sqm of living space. There are panoramic views of the harbour and the bay, and the apartment is within a short walk of the East Pier, shops, restaurants, and the multiplex cinema at Bloomfields, as well as the seaside town's four sailing clubs and the popular Sunday farmers' market in the People's Park. The apartment has a large living room, dining area and full width sun balcony that faces directly on to the sea and harbour. There's a modern fitted kitchen, bathroom, two double bedrooms with fine courtyard views, and a basement car space. The apartment is on several bus routes, including the 46A.
AGENT: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402
Secluded in Sutton
For Sale: €695k
4 Snowberry is a luxurious two-bedroom apartment at Sutton Castle, former home to the Jameson family, located on the south-facing slopes of the Howth Peninsula, with fine views over Dublin Bay. The gated community has seven acres of well-stocked gardens and woodland. The apartment is one of nine located in a new wing adjacent to the original house, all of which are named after the trees, plants and herbs that can be seen in the gardens from their windows. There is a large living /dining room ideal for entertaining and a sunny south-west facing terrace. The main bedroom is en suite and has a walk-in wardrobe, and a second bedroom has the use of the main shower-room. There's also a handy guest lavatory, and two car parking spaces.
Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000
Fine in Foxrock
For sale: €775k
6 Grove House in the ever-popular gated Grove Wood development on Hainault Road in Foxrock is an elegant two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment with lift access. There's 171sqm of living space spread over two floors, with the kitchen /breakfast room and main living/dining room overlooking the communal gardens on the lower level. Also on the lower level is the master bedroom, which is en suite, and the main bathroom. Upstairs is another double bedroom and study/office mezzanine, with a separate entrance to the apartment from the communal hall. It's a short walk to Foxrock village, which has just about everything that a busy retiree might need in the way of speciality food shops, boutiques, hairdressers, cafes and restaurants.
Agent: Hunters (01) 289 7840