Grand designs on the rental market
Donabate, co dublin Rent: €3,950 per month
Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside ...
Well, if you still want to live in Dublin, the northside coastlines are among the best around; long stretches of clean sandy beaches and safe places for families to enjoy.
Donabate is opposite Lambay Island, north of Malahide and Portmarnock, but south of Skerries. It makes airport journeys, apart from anything else, very straightforward - around 15 minutes on the M1 if there isn't too much traffic. The city centre is also a reasonably easy commute on the motorway.
That's why this modern five-bed detached might appeal to an executive family from overseas. They get land (there's a huge garden of a half an acre), privacy, space, views and transport access - all for the same price as a decent three-bed semi in the suburbs.
At 5,000 sq ft, Waterlefe is located in a gated development of eight homes. It comes furnished and has five ensuite bedrooms, three reception rooms along with a home cinema, gymnasium and sauna with a games room.
So, with leisure firmly on the agenda, let's look inside. There is a curved marble floored lobby with sweeping staircase with a number of reception rooms off it. Most are laid out in an open plan fashion and furnished comfortably with seating areas and storage dotted about. The kitchen/dining room has white cupboards, and a full range of appliances. There in an island unit for casual dining, with a split level to a formal arrangement and seating area which overlooks the garden through floor to ceiling windows. A second seating area is to the rear of the kitchen, making this room (larger than many apartments) the focal point of the house.
There is a separate dining room off the lounge and a home office. The games room has a snooker table and the gym is fully equipped. The cinema room has large recliners and a big screen. There is an automation system including touch screens, music servers and intelligent lighting throughout.
The master suite has a large walk-in wardrobe and access to a covered terrace.
Outside is a large deck along with extensive gardens front and back. There is a double garage and two laundry areas. Donabate village is a short walk, and it has a train station which serves the city centre.
Lease: One year.
Enquiries: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000.