Saturday 17 August 2019

This stylish €795,000 home is a short distance from Dublin city

Bedrock, Giltspur Lane, Bray, Co Wicklow €795,000

The large free-flowing living/dining spaces are ideal for entertaining
The large free-flowing living/dining spaces are ideal for entertaining
Extending to 325sqm, Bedrock has views of the Dublin mountains
Part clad in cedar and granite, the property was designed by architects Heylin Kelly
The large free-flowing living/dining spaces are ideal for entertaining

Caroline Allen

With an increasing number of house hunters pushed out of the market in South Dublin, Bray has become a solid destination of interest, according to Jamie Douglas of Hunters Estate Agents. "I sold my house in Sandymount earlier this year, and one of the interested parties who wanted a period house near the sea ended up buying a wonderful period house I was selling on the Bray seafront at the time," he recalls.

Now part of Outer SoCoDu, as the hipsters call it, Bray is offering buyers more bang for their buck, with Bedrock, an architect-designed four-bedroom property at Giltspur Lane off the Southern Cross Road, on sale for what Douglas says is the same price point as a semi in Glenageary.

"Bedrock is a luxurious and stylish detached family home, ideal for someone in search of a really nice house, a short distance from the city," he says.

Architect-designed, the property, which was built in 2005 by the current owners, covers 325sqm. This excludes a garage of 45sqm, and attic space of 24sqm.

Part-clad in cedar and granite, there is a nod to the vernacular of a stone-built cottage and wooden barn, he says. Internally, the look is low-key luxury. Extensive triple-glazing takes advantage of the natural light and well thought-out storage keeps things streamlined, while the free-flowing layout is ideal for entertaining.

Quality finishes, natural materials and attention to detail are evident throughout the property, which has gas-fired central heating and a BER of C1. High-end touches include solid wood floors, wool carpets, a granite wall in the entrance hall, Italian marble fire surround and hearth and Siemens and Liebherr kitchen appliances with the now de rigueur coffee maker and wine cooler among the kit. Tech-lovers will appreciate the integrated speaker system.

The hall links the sleeping and living zones, and provides views out to a landscaped courtyard. To the right, there is a den/playroom and then a double-height living space with picture windows and a Boru double-sided stove, which also serves the dining area with its ceiling-height windows. French doors open on to a sheltered west-facing deck that leads to a sandstone patio.

The kitchen/breakfast room with its high-gloss chocolate and cream cabinetry, is the inviting centre of the house. Incorporating a large quartz-topped island and dining area, it also opens out to the sandstone patio. The utility room contains the gas boiler and has built-in storage with provision for a washing machine and dryer. It also has access to the garden, allowing muddy boots and sports kit to be deposited here.

Entering the plush bedroom wing, the staircase forms a sculptural element in the hall. At ground-floor level, there are three double bedrooms, two of which have en suite shower rooms. The family bathroom with Kohler twin sinks and a sunken bath looks out to the enclosed garden.

On the first floor, a galleried landing leads to the master suite which has floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the views. The dressing room is kitted out with Sliderobes and the master en suite has a shower/steam room. There are two attic storage rooms at first-floor level.

The landscaped gardens are set out in 'rooms' with mature hedging and planting creating outdoor living areas. Mature beech hedging borders the site on two sides and granite walling and fencing, with wood-framed gates, complete the property, giving a great deal of privacy and shelter.

The drive is cobble-locked and provides parking for up to four cars. A detached garage/studio/home office includes a kitchen area and storage area, and is plumbed for a WC, and would make ideal guest or staff accommodation.

"Bray has a lot to offer - it has a buzzing seafront, really nice restaurants, good shopping, with the Florentine having been granted planning permission recently and due to be complete by 2019, and it has great amenities such as Kilruddery House and Gardens," says Jamie Douglas. "It also has renowned schools such as St Gerard's and John Scottus is at Old Conna House, nearby."

Era: 2005

Size: 325sqm

Agent: Hunters Estate Agents (01) 275 1640

Viewing: Strictly by appointment



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