Top properties on Independent.ie in 2015
The homes and estates that most captivated our readers this year.
While nabbing the dream house might be out of reach from many of us, Independent.ie readers certainly enjoyed reading up on the country’s most luxurious homes.
From personal pools, 360° views and swishy mechanised car turntables these were Ireland’s the most lusted-after properties in 2015.
Address: The Danes, Ashford, Co Wicklow
Asking Price: €1.5m
Status: Sale agreed
With 8,300 sq ft of living space, six ensuite bedrooms and a swimming pool, this is a home for a big family that fancies the idea of country living on a grand scale in a house that has, as they used to say, all mod cons. It's as big as many period country estate houses.
Spread over three floors, the home offers glorious uninterrupted views across to the Wicklow Mountains.
The swimming pool complex is on the lower ground floor, and includes a Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room, showers and loo. A separate bar (with Bulmers, Guinness and Budweiser on tap) and games room confirms that this is a house designed for parties.
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Address: 37 Abbotts Hill, Malahide, Co. Dublin
Asking Price: €3.6m
Status: Withdrawn from the market
At No 37, the 11 metre pool is located in a wing to the side of the property, which also houses a sauna and Jacuzzi, changing room, bathroom and bar, plus a separate games room currently kitted out with a snooker table.
The exterior is grand, with wide steps leading up to the double front doors.
The Mark Wilkinson kitchen is hand-painted and has granite worktops, top-of-the-range integrated appliances including an enormous American-style fridge freezer and an AGA.
Both the breakfast room and family room have double doors opening out onto the garden.
With 8000 sq ft of living space, and parking for eight cars on the cobble-locked driveway, there is ample room to entertain on a lavish scale.
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Address: Drishane Point, West Cork
Asking Price: €1.35m
This stunning property perched on a West Cork cliff was snapped up by a young Irish couple this year for €1.35m.
The property in Drishane Point near Lough Hine which includes two houses offers stunning views of the breathtaking Tragumna Bay below.
The headland property, just five miles from Skibbereen, boasts 30 acres and a private beach exclusive to the homeowners.
Included in the deal are two homes, the first a 3000sqft five bedroom house and the second a two bedroom cottage ideal for lease.
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Address: The Lookout, Glandore, West Cork
Asking price: €1.1m
Status: Withdrawn from the market
About three kilometres from the Druid's Altar in Drombeg is a property called The Lookout, at Rushanes in Glandore. And it's so-called because it commands an arresting view of the natural harbour of Glandore below.
The Lookout was built in 2008 by its current owners, and they put in floor-to-ceiling windows all over the place to make the most of that view.
The house is fairly vast, at 4,900 sq ft, with four bedrooms or possibly five, if you like, and with living spaces on each of its two floors. There's an open fire in the entrance hall on the ground level. From there, you enter a drawing room to the left, with wooden floors, and windows on three sides.
This leads through double doors into a dining room, also with solid wood floors, which is open-plan to a family room and kitchen, where there's a tiled floor, cream-coloured cabinets and a centre island.
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Address: Barley Hill, Westport, Mayo
Asking price: €895,000
Status: Still on market
The owners of this property revised plans for it in the mid-2000s and decided to add a single-storey extension with an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room. If you love keeping fit, you'll want for nothing here.
And if you don't love keeping fit, you'll find plenty of sedentary amusement too, notwithstanding the effort involved in trying not to make eye contact with the treadmill.
At night, the whole place is a veritable light show with various coloured hues and spots criss-crossing the outside decks and turning a decorative trayed water fountain into something truly special. Inside too, in the hall, we find blue/purple beams playing on the stylish contemporary staircase.
This 3,500 sq ft house faces south and west, overlooking Clew Bay, Clare Island and Croagh Patrick, and the various living rooms have been arranged in such a way that you can sit around, watching the sun effect its dramatic changes on the landscape all day long if you want to.
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Address: Shearwater Templenoe, Kenmare, Co Kerry
Asking Price: €2.75m
Status: Sale Agreed
At 930 square metres, or almost a quarter of an acre, the thatched roof at Shearwater in Templenoe in Kenmare is the largest to be found on any private residence in Ireland.
When Veronica and her husband Rowland were planning their dream home back in 2008, they decided they wanted something different but which fitted seamlessly with the world famous Kerry landscape and this unique site which faces into the Atlantic.
Inside, the stairs, kitchen and much of the furniture is handmade by Philippe Hetier. The views from the main rooms of the house are spectacular, with three covered balconies adjoining three of the bedrooms upstairs. Each room enjoys views of Kenmare Bay.
The ground floor has an entrance hall, an open-plan kitchen/dining room and family room, a formal dining room, a drawing room, a study and four bedrooms with a truly enormous suite off the master chamber.
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Address: 64 Millennium Tower Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 4
Asking price: €595,000
From the 10th floor apartment inside Leinster's tallest residential building, you look right down on Dublin's picture postcard for the new Millennium.
At 900 sq ft it is simply-enough fitted with two double bedrooms (one ensuite), cream marble floor and bathroom, a small balcony (hold on tight) and a rust-enameled kitchen. Rent potential is €30k. There's a hall and a basement parking space. But on three sides it has the floor to ceiling views to make you drop Dublin's second best chips. If you'll pay €595,000, view this home at dusk on a sunny day. And bring the smelling salts.
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Address: Heathfield, Kilmeedy, Co Limerick
Asking Price: €1.2m
Status: Still on the market
If there's one inventive way to preserve a limekiln, it's to build a house around it. That's exactly what the owners of Heathfield did 10 years ago when they constructed their dream home around a limekiln at the edge of Ballinruane Woods, near Kilmeedy, County Limerick. They didn't just want a limekiln though, they also wanted a tower of impenetrable stone, and battlements, and a roof terrace, and a wine cellar, and an artificial stream, and waterfalls…
The result, as you can imagine, is a very unusual stone-fronted property that looks both ancient and modern. Its structure, essentially, consists of a cottage and a limekiln merging in a castellated turret.
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Address: Carrigfern, Wexford
Asking Price: €695,000
The swimming pool complex at Carrigfern, a sprawling 1980s-built spread at Roxborough, just outside Wexford Town, falls into the top category of pools and is unusual in Ireland in that it is not a short length plunge version but is designed for someone who takes their morning lengths very seriously.
At 2,250 sq ft the pool complex has the floor size, upstairs and downstairs, of two family sized homes.
Carrigfern was originally built in 1983 by the current owners. The main house comprises 5,446 sq.ft of accommodation - and the swimming pool, as we mentioned, brings the overall space tally to 7,696 sq ft - dimensions typically seen here only in period country mansions.
Laid out over two floors, the houses is plain of exterior but contains four reception rooms, some of which are exceptionally large and would be perfect for a family which does a lot of entertaining.
Address: Hazel House, Hainault Road Dublin 18
Asking price: €2m
Status: Withdrawn from the market
Hazel House is one of a development of six detached houses built in 2006 at the height of the Celtic Tiger in a cul-de-sac behind Grove House on Hainault Road, one of the leafiest stretches in old Foxrock.
Hazel House has its own cobble-lock paved area to the front of the house, with parking for four cars.
The kitchen/dining room spans the back of the house and is a showstopper of a space that manages successfully to combine high-end glamour with practical features that will appeal to keen cooks.
Also on the ground floor are three reception rooms - the one to the rear on the left hand side is used as a family room and has double doors that open on to the drawing room, which has a bay window to the front and a working marble fireplace.
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