Wednesday 17 January 2018

Four on the market... with gyms

Clonalvy Lodge
Clonalvy Lodge
Griffith Downs
Barley Hill

Four properties available to buy which offer gyms

Clonavly Lodge, Meath

€650k Knight Frank, (01) 634 2466

Built in 2007, Clonalvy Lodge sits on the Dublin/Meath border within easy reach of both Dublin Airport and the city centre. The exterior is part-clad in Donegal sandstone, and the house sits on a site of one acre.

There are four bedrooms and two reception rooms, plus a separate one-bedroom apartment suitable as a granny flat or staff accommodation.

There's a great deck/barbecue area with an outdoor fire and the gym is sizeable enough to accommodate all the exercise equipment you could ever need. Remember, there are no excuses when the gym is in the house.

65 Griffith Downs, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

€975k Sherry FitzGerald, (01) 837 3737

65 Griffith Downs sits on a corner site in this sought-after development of Sorohan-built family homes, and has been extended to make a substantial family house with wraparound gardens and parking for up to five cars. In addition to the formal reception rooms, there's a family sitting room, a kitchen/dining room and four bedrooms, one en suite. For fun, there's a large snooker/entertainment room, and for fitness a home-gym with shower, sauna and Jacuzzi. The property is close to Drumcondra village and within walking distance of the city centre, DCU, the Four Courts, Beaumont Hospital and the Mater Hospital.

Barley Hill, Westport, Co. Mayo

€895k Sherry Fitzgerald Crowley (098) 29009

Barley Hill is a detached 3-bedroom house located on a one acre site three miles outside Westport, with panoramic views over Clew Bay, Clare Island and Croagh Patrick. The house could be either a permanent home or superior holiday house, and has been designed with a practical approach to the Irish weather. There's an interior swimming pool and adjoining gym with sauna, steam and shower rooms, all of which will get use when the sun fails to appear. The space includes a large living room with a wall of sliding doors, a wrap-around deck, and a kitchen/dining room with vaulted ceiling and a suspended solid fuel stove.

Apt 22, Hollybrook, Foxrock, Dublin 18

€785k Knight Frank, (01) 634 2466

NUMBER 22 is a duplex apartment located on the first and second floor of this smart development beside Foxrock village, with lift access and entrance doorways at both levels.

It's a triple-aspect property, surrounded by mature trees. There's an open-plan living/ dining room with a stone fireplace and a separate kitchen/breakfast room with utility room, plus three or four bedrooms (one is currently used as a study).

Hollybrook is an upmarket development and many of the residents are older people who have down-sized from larger houses in the locality, reluctant to leave the area where they have made their lives and where their friends still live. It's easy to see why, as Hollybrook offers a level of comfort and security that is not readily available in Dublin apartment developments. There are electric gates leading into the development and security is a priority. The marble-floored entrance lobby has a concierge desk and the services of the concierge are available to residents. The development is maintained to a high standard and the landscaped gardens have water features and lavish planting with mature shrubs and topiaries. There is underground car parking and lock-up storage and Hollybrook also has a gym and sauna facility for the exclusive use of residents who can keep fit without ever having to leave the grounds.

Foxrock village is a two-minute walk away and retains a proper village ambience, with a post-office, good speciality food store and an excellent butcher's shop, as well as several good restaurants - including Bistro One and The Gables - and cafés. Leopardstown Racecourse, Foxrock Golf Club and Carrickmines Tennis Club are all close by, and the M50 and the N11 are handy. For all this convenience, the new owners will pay an annual service charge of between €12,639-€14,042.

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