Four on the market with home gyms
49 Abington, Malahide, Co Dublin €2.95m
Houses in Abington are among the most expensive ever built in Ireland, and No 49 has all the bells and whistles that buyers expect when they are being asked to square up to a purchase price of almost €3m. The detached house is located behind electronic security gates in a prestigious residential location, within easy reach of Malahide village and a short drive from Dublin Airport. Built in the mid noughties, there was no expense spared when it came to constructing the eight-bedroom house, which has 717sqm of living space.
The gardens are private and impeccably manicured - the rear garden is laid in lawn surrounded by mature shrubs, a sun house and a children's play area.
There is a large-paved courtyard to the side and there's also a detached double garage with studio overhead.
Inside, the living accommodation is arranged around a large reception hall with Emperador stone floor and walnut-bound staircase. This hall opens on to a formal drawing room and dining room with parquet oak floor and bow window. Also on the ground floor, there are two guest loos, entertainment, living and television rooms, and a very large split-level kitchen and family room with adjacent cloakroom and utility room.
Upstairs, at first floor level, there are five bedrooms. The master bedroom has its own dressing room, en suite bathroom and a balcony overlooking the rear garden. Three of the other bedrooms are en suite.
Up on the second floor there are two additional bedrooms, one en suite, a family bathroom, and a study/eighth bedroom. And there's also a home gym, lest the new owners find it too hard to tear themselves away from this palace of luxury to stretch their legs.
Malahide is located on the coast approximately 13km north of Dublin city centre and is known for its beaches, Malahide Castle, golf and sailing clubs and a good range of shops, bars and restaurants.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc (01) 845 4500
The current owners of 4 Bayview Drive in Killiney have converted the pedestrian side passage into a utility room and fitness area, which means that the new owners won't have the excuse of needing a babysitter for foregoing that trip to the gym. The four-bedroom semi-detached home has 126sqm of living space (excluding the attic, utility and gym) and a recent upgrade of the heating system and insulation has resulted in an impressive B3 BER rating. Bayview has direct access to Killiney beach, which makes it a great location for families and dog owners. Killiney Dart station is a short walk.
Agent: Hunters (01) 275 1640
For those who find it hard to make it to the gym on a regular basis, living in an apartment with a gym very close by - not in the actual complex, but situated in the building and close enough to be unavoidable - might be just the solution. Gallery Quay is a contemporary, well-maintained apartment development adjacent to Grand Canal Dock and close to the south city centre. 16 Gallery Quay, in Block 12, is a two-bedroom, two-bathroom home with a south-facing aspect and a balcony. On the ground floor of the complex at the corner of Pearse Street and Macken Street, there is no escaping EducoGym.
Agent: Owen Reilly (01) 677 7100
The Willows, in Ballymackeogh, Newport, Co Tipperary, is a 10-minute drive from Castletroy, Limerick, and has easy access to the motorway network with links to Dublin, Cork, Galway and Shannon airports. Newport has schools, churches, shops and pubs. The four-bedroom house has all the usual reception rooms, an open-plan kitchen dining room, and good attic space currently used as a playroom/office. Off the utility room is a home gym which faces out to the front of the property. The house stands on an acre of its own grounds and has a large garage.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Limerick (061) 418 000