In Pictures: Nab a spot on millionaire's row overlooking Lambay Island for €2.1m
Seaside homes have doubled in value in 15 years
Malahide is one of those places that people never seem to want to leave; there's something about the salty air and cosmopolitan prosperity of the North County Dublin seaside town that beguiles its residents. True to form, the current owners of 34 Abbotts Hill will not be going far - they are hoping to downsize to a smaller property in the area now that their family has grown up.
Its elevated position towards the top of the Abbotts Hill development, on what is considered to be the estate's prime stretch, allows the owners to enjoy a vista that takes in Lambay Island, the Island Golf Club and Donabate Beach all the way to the tower in Portrane in the distance.
The estate was built by Gem Construction on what was once Malahide's old golf course, located just past the Grand Hotel. The development of 40 houses was completed in 2003. Each was priced at €1m-plus when they first came on the market, causing the scheme to be hailed as Ireland's first suburban estate for millionaires.
Number 34 sits behind electronic gates and to the front of the house there is parking for several cars; the side entrance allows the owners to drive around to the back of the house and unpack the shopping directly into the kitchen.
The handmade silk curtains were sourced from London and New York and are included in the sale. The owners tweaked the dimensions to suit their requirements.
They made the principal reception rooms to the left of the main entrance hall wider and introduced a split-level, making the interconnecting rooms ideally suited for entertaining. The house has, by all accounts, seen plenty of this - there's an easy flow of space internally and also to the outside, where there is a big patio with outdoor fireplace and barbecue area set below the south-facing garden, which is nicely landscaped.
Both the drawing and dining rooms have feature Belle Cheminee fireplaces - the one in the drawing room is fitted for gas while the one in the dining room is for a traditional open fire. The dining room leads on to the Beauford fitted kitchen, which has fitted units and an island, and patio doors to the outside. To the right of the entrance hall is the family room, with another Belle Cheminee fireplace.
The basement can be accessed internally, but also has its own separate entrance to the front and would work as either granny or au pair accommodation, or as a substantial home office. It has an ensuite bedroom and a good-sized sitting room; the utility room is also located on this level.Upstairs, the views are even better than they are at ground-floor level. The bedroom floor has a distinctly hotel feel that is both luxurious and comfortable. The underfloor heating makes for a consistently cosy area, even on a bitterly cold winter's day. The master bedroom has a lavish ensuite bathroom complete with mural and a generous walk-in wardrobe, while the second and third bedrooms are also ensuite, and the fourth has access from the landing to the larger of these bathrooms.
A substantial garage has room for several vehicles and will be of interest to anyone who collects vintage cars or is looking for somewhere to store a boat over the winter months.
The structure also has obvious potential to be developed as a separate dwelling, subject to planning permission. Currently, its roof is laid out as a sun terrace.
Local schools include Malahide Community School and Sutton Park, and there is plenty in the way of sports clubs and sailing to keep children and teenagers occupied at weekends and during school holidays.
Malahide Castle is an amenity in which the locals take great pride and the branch of Avoca located there does predictably brisk business.
According to the Property Price Register, the last house to sell in Abbotts Hill was Number 28, which made €1.972m in July 2016. So even despite the crash, Ireland's first €1m estate has earned its original owners another million apiece.
34 Abbotts Hill
Malahide, Co Dublin
Asking price: €2.1m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc (01) 8454500