Four on the market: big homes to commute from
A choice of four large properties currently on the market which are within commuting distance of Dublin.
Beabeg Lane, Beamore, Co Louth
€825k Sherry FitzGerald Lannon, (041) 983 8168
Although it's address is Drogheda, this rambling detached house at Beamore is actually inside the Meath border, less than 40 kilometres from Dublin airport. It's designed for energy efficiency, with geothermal heating, double glazing, a heat recovery system and high-grade insulation, resulting in a BER of B2. It's just under 6,000 sq ft including the makings of a ground-floor granny flat. Elsewhere downstairs there's a study, a large kitchen-diner opening into a sunroom, and a sitting room and dining room. The first floor has four bedrooms, one with en-suite and walk-in wardrobe, and two others sharing an en-suite. It's on 0.6 of an acre and has a double garage.
‘Birchfield’, Leabeg Lower, Co Wicklow
€700k McGovern Estates, (01) 287 7088
It will cost around €1,000 to book a suite in the Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in the high season. But if you just want to play golf there, you could nearly walk over from Birchfield, which is just a kilometre away as the golf ball flies. Built in 2005, Birchfield near Newcastle is on an acre of grounds populated by birch trees. It's 2,992 sq ft in size with five bedrooms, three on the ground floor and two upstairs, including the master bedroom with en-suite and walk-in wardrobe. There's also an upstairs playroom, while the ground floor has a huge (740 sq ft) open-plan kitchen and living room, and a sitting room.
Fleenstown Lane, Baltrasna, Co Meath
€465k REA Grimes, (01) 835 0392
To get to Ashbourne from this detached bungalow at Fleenstown you have to cross a flyover on the M2. This means the motorway is only a three-minute drive away, so you can get to the M50 (Junction 5) from there in about 10 or 15 minutes. Built in 1978, the house is on half an acre of gardens that have matured nicely in the four decades since. It's 1,948 sq ft with four bedrooms, two with en-suite showers. There's also a sitting room with an open fire, a living room with a stove, a conservatory with sliding patio doors, a dining room and a kitchen with granite countertops.
Loughanure Commons, Co Kildare
€795k Sherry FitzGerald Reilly, (045) 868 412
If your dream of living in the country includes horses, you may be interested in a detached bungalow a five-minute drive from Clane, as it comes with three loose boxes, a tack room, sand arena and hay barn. The house itself has enough room for a big family of equestrian types, as it's 4,090 sq ft with six bedrooms (three en-suite). There's also a games room for indoor leisure time, as well as a lounge with a marble fireplace, a family room with an oil stove, a sunroom, a skylit study, and a dual-aspect eat-in kitchen with a breakfast bar and an oil-fired range.