Rush to the beach
SUCH is the price of sea air that there are few places in Dublin where you can buy a home with direct beach or seafront access for under €1m – even after the storm of a property crash which has half sunk all boats in the realm of bricks and mortar.
There are even fewer places still where you'll get an outdoor heated swimming pool and a beachfront self-contained bar into the bargain in a modern home which spans almost 4,000 sq ft.
But all this is available for €875,000 at the "The View" in Rush, north Co Dublin. Rush offers one of the few stretches of shoreline – along with Donabate further up the coast – where your can acquire a home with a garden that leads straight on to the beach for not too much above the price of a suburban five-bedroom detached in a standard inland Dublin estate.
"The View" was built in 2005, giving it a finish from the top of the boom. While the front is located in a suburban estate, its rear end is private and leads straight on to the sand.
Features include polished porcelain tiled floors, solid wood flooring, recessed fireplaces, large picture windows, spacious luxury bedrooms and contemporary bathrooms.
The ground floor comprises a bright entrance hall which leads to the vast open-plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen area set over two levels. Two sets of double doors lead to the rear patio and pool area.
The fitted kitchen comes with top-of-the-range Miele appliances and polished stone worktops. Also located on the ground floor is a study with built-in wooden shelving, utility room, two ensuite bedrooms as well as a family room or play room with stairs to a mezzanine bedroom, making three bedrooms in all.
The sitting room is located upstairs to give it an elevated position to benefit from the sea views. The master chamber suite includes a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom ensuite, with a double Jacuzzi bath and plunge pool and double doors leading to the balcony area overlooking the beach and sea. To the front of the property is a cobblelock forecourt with parking for three to four cars.
Rush is just far enough from Dublin to be away from the bustle but near enough for relative ease of access – exactly why it became a centre for smuggling and piracy in the 18th Century. Smuggler Jack O'Connor worked from caves along this coastline, and the town was home to pirate Luke Ryan, who captained "The Black Prince" with commercial success against British shipping in the late 18th Century.
There are reasons, however, for Rush's seaside affordability. It is located three kilometres from the DART line, which has traditionally put many sea lovers off locating here. Parking at the station can be problematic, the station gets crowded in the mornings and the bus link can be stressed.
However, with the population now pushing towards 10,000, there's a likelihood that the transport amenities can only improve. Rush is also known for a friendly local village atmosphere which is almost rural in nature. There are pubs and restaurants in the area and even more to choose from at nearby Skerries, the scenic former fishing village which lifted in relative value in recent years.
The beach at Rush has also become a particularly popular set-off point for kite surfers who take advantage of the sea breezes and relatively calm conditions as well as the usual gamut of dog walkers and weekend day trippers.
Rush or Ros Eo, whose name means "peninsula of the yew trees", has been a strong base of market gardening and a provider of fresh vegetables for Dublin city. This is, in part, because of its mild microclimate which prevents the ground from freezing when that around the capital is otherwise rock solid.
Howth and Malahide are within easy reach and the M1 motorway is 15 minutes' drive away. The agents for the sale are Ganly Walters (01-662 3255).