Go wild in Sandyford for €2.25m
Close to the city, but this home enjoys a wild side
One snowy Christmas, as the owners of Capilano were tucking into their turkey and ham, a stag and four deer came to visit: "They stood in the garden, watching us through the dining room windows; it was magical."
Half an hour from Dublin city centre, Capilano feels as if it's in the country. As well as the deer, there are squirrels and rabbits and, with 2.45 acres, there's the potential for a horse-loving family to keep a pony or two. New owners could rear chickens, grow fruit and vegetables, and get a bit of a good life going.
The house is located at the start of Ticknock Road, as it begins its ascent to the forest, where there is spectacular hill-walking and a renowned 8km mountain bike trail, on which riders can experience a thrilling - if you're into that kind of thing - ride that takes in hairpin bends, treacherous tree roots and all manner of terrifying technical challenges.
Electric gates open onto a driveway that leads up to the house, in front of which there is parking for several cars.
The views from up here are magnificent, with the city stretched out beneath you. You can easily pick out Liberty Hall, the Pigeon House towers and the Spire, and on a clear day you can see as far as Wales. The owners say that they like the night-time views best, and leave the curtains open in the master bedroom so they can count stars and watch the lights of the city twinkling below as they fall asleep.
They bought Capilano 12 years ago, falling in love with the location and the space that it offered, and undertook a major renovation that involved digging up all the floors and installing insulation, as well as extending and refurbishing the existing house. There's now 4,165 sq ft of living space, spread out over three floors.
At ground level, just beside the main entrance with its elaborate Bavarian carved wooden door, there's a huge games room/man cave that's currently kitted out with arcade video games including The House of the Dead, fussball and pool tables, a home gym and its own bar. It's clear that the teenagers of the house have had a good time here, undisturbed by pesky adults. There's also a separate lavatory at this level.
A double-width flight of stairs leads up to the raised ground floor level, where the reception and living rooms are located. The owners describe themselves as 'earthy' people and chose to decorate the interiors with lots of wood and natural stone to reflect this.
At the top of the stairs is a study, next door to which is the dining room - used mainly on high days and holy days, including that memorable snowy Christmas in recent years. A family room is equipped for serious X-Box and games console action, and there's a television room as well.
The living room is an impressive space, with its own bar at one end and patio doors opening onto a balcony at the other. The room has bespoke wooden cabinets and a large carved wooden fireplace, all built by German craftsmen. It is, say the owners, a great room for parties.
The kitchen can be accessed via stairs from the parking area to the front of the house, and is fitted with cream units and granite worktops. There's a centre island around which the family and all visitors to the house congregate. The Falcon range is in the separate back kitchen, where the serious cooking happens, and it is included in the sale, along with the built-in deep-fat fryer and enormous LG American style fridge-freezer.
Upstairs there are four double bedrooms, three ensuite. The master bedroom has a custom-fitted dressing room, and there is spacious attic storage. The utility room is up here, sensibly, where the bulk of the laundry is generated. A roof terrace catches the late day sun, and is where the owners spend summer evenings, barbecuing, eating and lounging in the hot tub.
Capilano has CCTV, surround sound, and a pumping system that ensures that you can have several hot showers running at the same time, handy in a busy family house. There's a hard tennis court in need of some attention.
Amenities in the area include Marlay Park and Dundrum Town Centre, which is a 10 minute drive away and has a wide range of shops and restaurants, as well as a multiscreen cinema.
The Balally Luas stop, with its park and ride facilty, is the closest, and there are bus routes linking Sandyford with the city centre. The M50 is nearby and means that Dublin airport is within 30 minutes' drive.
In terms of schools, St Columba's, Wesley and Loreto Beaufort are all convenient.
Ticknock Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18
Asking price: €2.25m
Agent: Knight Frank, 01 6342466