Living the dream in Wicklow
Bramble Bank is in the heart of 'liveable' country
In 2008, Greystones in Wicklow was judged to be the most "liveable" place on the planet. This conclusion was reached by a global jury attached to LivCom, an international body linked to the United Nations Environment Programme and which looks at environmental factors in communities across 50 countries.
Greystones has always had a lot going for it. There's the harbour - now modern, its massive reworking having been started the year the seaside town won the LivCom gold standard - not one, but two beaches (one sandy, one stony), a Dart link to the capital, scenery in buckets, with the Wicklow Hills and plenty of elegant old seafront buildings courtesy of its past growth as a prime seaside tourist resort.
There are also plenty of boutique shops, classy eateries and a buzzing local art and music scene. The area is a haven for golfers with a cluster of favoured clubs including Greystones, Charlesland, Bray and Delgany.
But it turns out Greystones is doubly "liveable" because in 2013, LivCom announced that by then whole of Co Wicklow had become the world's "most liveable" place. Wicklow earned itself an international gold standard for "liveability".
All good news for residents of Delgany, which is conjoined to Greystones and so comes with all those Greystones/Wicklow "liveability" benefits, but with property prices that are a lot more affordable.
An example is a house built in the same year of the award - Bramble Bank, a detached property just brought to market at Priory Road offers four-bedroom accommodation at €495,000 when €100,000 more would be more typical in Greystones proper. The house is located at the entrance to the Eden Wood development off the Kilquade Road.
This property is one of four built in 2008 to a high spec in a mini scheme along the Priory Road. The house stretches to 1,927 sq ft - almost twice the size of an average family home and all the bedrooms here are doubles. The entrance hall has a bright and smart Crema Marfil floor which extends into the modern kitchen and dining area.
The former comes with an island unit, granite counter tops, a five ring AEG gas hob with stainless steel extractor, a Siemens oven and microwave, and a built-in larder with pull-out drawers. There's also an integrated Siemens dishwasher, built-in floor units and a utility room off it with room for a washing machine and dryer, and containing Mynute HE gas boiler.
There's a family room for those who want to get away from the main bustle of the larger main living room. This has a light coloured carpet and a fire with a granite hearth and a cast iron inset. A bay window brings additional light at one end and a double door leads through to the kitchen and dining room.
For sporting types, there's a handy shower room on the ground floor. Upstairs there are four bedrooms with a full ensuite off the master chamber, which includes a double corner shower enclosure with a rainfall shower-head installed. There's also a walk-in wardrobe off the master chamber.
The other three bedrooms come with built-in wardrobes. There's additional under-eaves storage in two of them. The house has gas fired central heating throughout and there's underfloor heating in all the bathrooms. The rear garden is laid out in gravel and grass, and the house is three miles from the centre of Greystones and about one mile from the Delgany. It's also within easy reach of the Shoreline Leisure Centre at Charlesland.
The inland countryside is among the prettiest in Ireland, with the quaint village of Enniskerry, the gardens and waterfall at Powerscourt, the Sugarloaf and the breathtaking treks at Glendalough all within a short drive of Delgany.
And finally, Dublin is within easy reach on the motorway or via the Greystones Dart which operates a single track service into Tara Street. It all makes for a combination anyone can find pleasantly liveable.
Priory Road, Delgany, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €495,000
Agent: Hunters (01) 2751640