Malahide mansion with personal pool can be yours for €3.8m
An indoor private leisure centre with its own heated swimming pool is a rare thing in Ireland, even at the luxury end of the market. But Shadow Glen, an exceptionally large boom-built family home at Back Road, Malahide, has it all.
Its 17 metre long heated swimming pool complex is decorated in a classical style intended to evoke the atmosphere of Roman baths, complete with sauna, steam room, and Jacuzzi, his and hers changing rooms and a home gym, not to mention the cinema/games room. There will be no shortage of friends and relations keen to pay the new owners a visit and luxuriate in the amenities on hand.
Built in 2003, Shadow Glen is a large and lavish family home, located just outside the upmarket town of Malahide in North Co. Dublin. It was constructed, as the saying goes, with no expense spared.
The house is situated in a small development on a private road that it shares with two other properties, although each house has its own private access and is sited behind its own electronic gates.
With 6,700 sq ft of living space sprawling over two floors, and two and a half acres of garden, laid mainly in lawn, Shadow Glen is a modern mansion, a pleasure palace, a house designed to be enjoyed.
The main entrance hallway is a large and imposing, light-filled space with a marble-tiled floor and a sweeping staircase leading to the first floor, where the bedrooms are located.
There is a Romanesque arch leading to the rooms at the back of the house on the ground floor.
To the right of the hall is the sitting room with fireplace, looking out over the front garden, and to the left is a playroom, which leads directly to the kitchen.
The kitchen window overlooks the front of the house, and is kitted out with fitted wall and floor cupboards and an island unit. There is a handy separate utility room.
The dining area is adjacent to the kitchen and, as currently configured, has comfortable seating and a large television, as well as a dining table.
A sunroom off the dining room has access on to a patio area and the back garden, while the main living room is the focal point of the ground floor. A huge space clearly designed with entertaining in mind, it has a large open fireplace and double doors out on to the patio. There is also a separate study overlooking the back garden.
Upstairs, there are five double bedrooms, all en suite. The master bedroom is particularly spacious, and has fitted wardrobes and a curved balcony overlooking the back garden.
As is standard in a house with this level of finish, there is underfloor heating, CCTV, an integrated music system and a security intercom.
Outside, the south-west facing gardens are landscaped to a high standard and are on a scale in keeping with the house itself. There are extensive lawns that will take plenty of mowing, but will also be able to accommodate a decent game of seven-a-side or an extensive marquee, should the new owners have nuptials in mind.
Malahide feels like a prosperous place - with 38 restaurants, including Oliver Dunne's Bon Appetit, and plenty of pubs that appear to be thriving - a sense borne out by the CSO statistic that Malahide has a higher proportion of professionals living in it than any other town in the country. There is good shopping, with smart boutiques and specialty food stores, as well as the usual supermarkets, and a swanky marina with 300 berths.
Shadow Glen is across the road from the 12th Century Malahide Castle with its extensive ornamental gardens and home to the Talbot family for over 800 years.
The Castle is the focus of an ambitious development plan by Fingal County Council to make it one of Ireland's top visitor destinations, and it is a spectacular local amenity with a wonderful playground and its own Avoca store in a courtyard setting with a food hall and café that are thronged with people all day long.
In terms of schools, there are several national schools nearby, and Malahide has a well-regarded community school. Sutton Park is also within easy reach.
Malahide is associated with maritime activity and there are sailing, tennis and rugby clubs in the town. Golfers have a choice of courses in the area.
Malahide has good transport links; it is served by the DART, there is a bus into the city centre and Dublin airport is easily accessible.
Back in 2013, Shadow Glen was on the market for €3.8m, but now the selling agents are saying that the price is 'on application', indicating that there may be some room for manoeuvre with a potential purchaser.
3 Back Road, Malahide, Co Dublin
Asking price: POA (formerly €3.8m)
Agent: Savills (01) 663 4314