Modern mansion on the edge of Dublin can be yours for €1.7m
Rathmichael is one of the places you buy if you like the idea of living in the countryside, but for practical reasons have to be close to Dublin City. Located just a few minutes from the M11 and M50, Uisce Solais will suit those who commute either to the city centre or to the airport, but like to spend their downtime in a semi-rural environment.
Although it could pass as being older, the house is one of a dozen or so individually-designed modern mansions located in Ferndale Glen, a cul de sac off Ferndale Road. Constructed in 2001, Uisce Solais is described as 'Georgian Colonial' in style, an architectural term used more frequently in the US than in Ireland, and where it is more commonly referred to as 'Federal', combining elements of both classical Georgian and neo-Palladian architecture. The house is located behind granite-capped walls and wrought-iron railing with two sets of electronic gates.
Uisce Solais has been designed with some flair. Its external appearance is attractive, the wraparound grounds ensure privacy - for once the term 'sylvan setting' is appropriate rather than hyperbolic - and the internal layout is both pleasing from an aesthetic point of view and practical in terms of family life. At 3,750 sq ft, it's a substantial, though not unmanageable, family house.
Inside, there's a well-proportioned square entrance hall that, like all the reception rooms at ground floor level, has a 10-foot high ceiling. Including the hall and conservatory, there are six reception rooms - plenty of space for even the most anti-social of families to co-exist without getting on each other's nerves. Decorative features include smart maple floors, marble fireplaces, ceiling cornicing and centre roses.
At the back of the house is the kitchen, with Shaker-style units, granite worktops and a central island. There are big arched windows and doors that let in plenty of light and overlook the large deck and barbecue area, garden and pond. This has undulating levels of little waterfalls which run from one pool into the next and stepped down the garden.
The adjacent utility room interrupts the aspect onto the wooded area of the garden to the rear and this is a pity, a design glitch that would be straightforward to remedy. There's under-floor heating across part of the ground floor including the kitchen, utility room and conservatory.
Upstairs there are five bedrooms, two of which are en suite. The remaining three share the family bathroom, and most of the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.
The house appears to be in good condition, and new owners would have no immediate need to undertake any work before moving in. Décor-wise, things are a little tired - particularly in the kitchen and bathrooms, which tend to show their age quickest - but the level of expenditure required to bring the interior up to date should not be excessive.
Uisce Solais is well-located at the centre of the plot and feels private and secluded. The tiered water features, stream and lily pond are rather lovely (families with young children will need to think about safety) and there's ample room for a trampoline, a vegetable patch and a chicken run, should new owners be so inclined.
There is planning permission for a separate detached 850 sq ft two-bedroom house with a roof space of 220 sq ft that could be converted for additional space. The foundations for this house have already been laid.
Uisce Solais has been reported as being the home of solicitor turned author and film writer-director-producer, Maurice O'Callaghan, who was responsible for the 1994 Irish feature film, Broken Harvest. The O'Callaghan family is now said to be downsizing to a smaller home closer to Dublin.
St Gerard's and Aravon are the closest schools to Ferndale Glen, and golfers are well-served by three courses - Old Conna, Woodbrook and Powerscourt - in the vicinity. And while the one-acre garden at Uisce Solais isn't spacious enough for ponies, there are several riding schools in the neighbourhood, including the well-regarded Festina Lente, and there is plenty of equestrian activity in the area. The nearest shops are in Shankill Village.Rathmichael as a location tends to work well for families with young children, for whom gardens and outdoor space are of paramount importance. For parents with teenagers, it's an address that implies an acceptance of plenty of time in the car.
As ever there's a trade-off when it comes to property purchases, and at Uisce Solais you get the big house with the lovely gardens, but you don't get to walk to the shops or live within easy reach of public transport.
Prospective purchasers will have to make up their own minds.
Address: 7 Ferndale Glen, Ferndale Rd, Dublin 18
Asking price: €1.7m
Agent: Savills (01) 2885011