Four on the market: near a golf course in north Dublin
For the golfing enthusiast, these four properties in north Dublin will be particularly appealing.
Briarsfield, Blackwood Lane, Co Dublin
€2.2m Sherry FitzGerald Blanc, (01) 845 4500
You've nearly no choice but to get fit if you live at Briarsfield in Malahide. Its garden backs onto Malahide Golf Club and it's 10 minutes' walk from Portmarnock Sports and Leisure Club, with its 25-metre swimming pool, tennis courts and gym. And as Briarsfield is on an acre of grounds, there'll be plenty of gardening work to keep you active at home as well. It's 3,409 sq ft with four bedrooms, the main one having an en-suite wetroom, a dressing room and a balcony overlooking the golf course. The ground floor has a sitting room with a feature fireplace, a dining room, a TV room and a kitchen with adjoining breakfast room.
21 The Dunes, Portmarnock, D13
€825k Noel Kelly Auctioneers, (01) 846 2752
All that lies between 21 The Dunes and the Irish Sea is Portmarnock Golf Links, so your contemplation of the water may sometimes be disturbed as you're forced to witness the futile human struggle against the bunker. You can savour the view from the balcony off the first-floor landing. This level also has the four bedrooms, including the master suite with a Jacuzzi bath. On the ground floor there's an open-plan lounge and dining room, a study, a TV room and a kitchen with sliding patio doors to the back garden where there's a patio and lawn. It's 2,476 sq ft in all with spiral stairs leading to an attic storage area.
Gate Lodge, Howth Road, Clontarf, D3
€345k Kelly Bradshaw Dalton, (01) 804 0500
Auburn House, formerly known as Auburn Villa, is now in apartments but the gate lodge is more or less just as it was and is a protected structure. It's just inside the electronic gates of the Auburn House development, with a small lawned front garden. Otherwise it's perfectly self-contained although small, at 409 sq ft. That includes an open-plan living room and kitchen with a wood floor and skylights, one double bedroom and a shower room. Clontarf Golf Club is a couple of hundred metres away as the golf ball flies, and about 1.5km by road.
Aillebrack, Malahide, Co Dublin
€1.25m Lisney Howth Road, (01) 853 6016
Aillebrack in Broomfield stands on 1.3 acres so the selling agents advise that a new owner could consider carving up the site to build another house. That would be a pity though, as the grounds are surrounded by mature trees and there's enough room on the lawns to practise your putting. The house itself is 3,025 sq ft in a sprawling, single-storey layout with four bedrooms. By way of reception rooms there's a sitting room, a TV room and a dining room, and the kitchen opens into a huge (28ft by 19ft) sunroom with doors to the garden. There's also an office and garage. The entrance to Malahide Golf Club is a kilometre away.