Space Age home in Sandycove hits the market at €985k
Home has inner and outer space for entertaining
A tricky site can be one that architects relish as a challenge, but one surmises that Cormac Buggy of Quinn Barnwall Buggy had his work cut out for him back in 2004 when his clients asked him to design the house that is now called Cabo.
Apparently Cabo is Spanish-inspired, but the concerns of neighbouring houses in what was a tight infill site, also had a good deal of input into the striking outward appearance. The curved roof and cylindrical stairwell suggest a hint of the modernist villas of the 1930s, a few Irish versions of which can be found in the area.
Mr Buggy adds: "The real challenge here was to accommodate the overlooking concerns of many neighbouring homes while not compromising the levels of natural light and indeed space for the owners. I think we managed to achieve that and construct quite a good-sized and bright family home in this very restricted space."
As a 14-year-old house, it's still holding up well and has the appearance of having been constructed more recently.
The neighbourhood of Sandycove/Glasthule is, of course, desirable and in demand both from down-sizers trading down from larger, period houses in the area, as well as from young families seeking to establish themselves in a locality known for its excellent schools and general quality of life.
The sea air is good for everyone, and the fact that Glasthule is a proper village - it has a post office, dry-cleaners, bakery, two wine shops, a funeral parlour, a couple of boutiques (including the popular Rococco), the award-winning Nuala Woulfe beauty salon and Noel Kavanagh's craft butchers - means many locals feel no need to venture beyond its boundaries.
It also has a juice bar, several coffee and antique shops and the Cavistons mothership, which is the equivalent of a Spar to all the foodie locals.
Cabo is located half-way down the narrow but lovely Albert Road on the run between the bridge beside Glenageary Dart station and the T- junction with Glasthule Road and Sandycove Road, tucked away in the cul-de-sac of Marine Court.
Built in 2004 as an investment property by its current owners, they rent it out as a successful corporate let.
The three-bedroom house was clearly designed with entertaining in mind, and the easy access from the ground floor rooms to the outside is a layout configured to capitalise on any good weather.
In the summer months the wrap-around, low-maintenance garden with decking, raised railway sleeper flower beds, and recessed deck lights, set against old stone walls and Indian sandstone paving makes for a beguiling warm-weather environment. There's a built-in barbecue and ample room to host plenty of guests for a party.
Inside there's 1385 sq ft of living space, which feels light and bright thanks to the architect's skilful use of double- and triple-aspect wherever possible, with roof-lights upstairs .
Downstairs, there's a free, open flow of accommodation with a smart kitchen fitted with cream gloss units, granite counters and prime grade maple floors. The Zanussi electric oven, hob, integrated microwave, dishwasher and Belling fridge/freezer are all included in the sale.
The dining area has a feature corner window and doors to the deck outside. The living room is a spacious, dual-aspect room, with a feature recessed gas fire and two sets of double doors out to the deck.
Cabo has three bedrooms, one at ground floor level. It has built-in wardrobes and is adjacent to a guest lavatory which doubles up as a utility room.
Upstairs are two double bedrooms, one of which is en suite and has a large walk-in wardrobe. The second bedroom has a more modestly-sized walk-in wardrobe, and is positioned next to a family bathroom.
As well as the shopping and village amenities of Sandycove and Glasthule, the area has much to offer residents. In practical terms, Cabo is located between Glenageary and Sandycove DART stations, offering an easy commute into the city.
Local national schools include the Harold and Dalkey School Project, the first of the Educate Together schools and still going strong 35 years after its foundation. Nearby secondary schools include Rathdown and St Joseph of Cluny for girls, while others including Blackrock College and St Michael's are accessible by DART.
Cabo is well-placed for outdoor activities too. Sailors have a choice of four sailing clubs in Dun Laoghaire, there's Cuala GAA in Dalkey, as well as local rugby, hockey and tennis clubs.
Marine Court, Off Lower Albert Road, Sandycove, Co Dublin
Asking price: €985,000
Agent: Sherry Fitzgerald, (01) 2751000