Join the celebrities on Millionaire's Row in Malahide for €1.6m
Back in 2000, when the sun was still rising on the Celtic Tiger, a novel concept in high-end living was unveiled at Abington in Malahide. Launched by Parkway, the new estate was aimed at high-rollers and celebrities who needed that 4,000sq.ft plus of floor space for Jacuzzis, gyms, pools, home cinemas and games rooms, not to mention annexes for staff, and who didn't flinch at a price tag of between €2m and €4m.
Up until then, those willing to pay over a million for a home had been more likely to choose a red-brick mansion on Shrewsbury or Ailesbury Road or to opt for a country estate where the number of acres matched the zeros on the price tag and privacy was assured.
Ronan Keating and his then wife Yvonne bought the show house, later purchasing No 50 on the estate. Georgina Ahern and husband Nicky Byrne of Westlife also bought a property, as did footballer Robbie Keane and his wife Claudine. Former Anglo Irish chief David Drumm followed suit.
Dubbed Millionaire's Row, Abington also attracted techies, business folk and foreign executives who liked its proximity to Dublin Airport and the quiet charms of Malahide village.
No 21, at 313sqm, is a more modest build than many of Abington's homes. Built in 2000 and designed by architects Campbell, Conroy Hickey, it is being sold by its original owners and is quoting €1.6m.
The design was, according to selling agent David Blanc of Sherry FitzGerald Blanc, inspired by the golf houses on the Mount Juliet estate and it has that same sense of spaciousness and light. Electric security gates lead into the gravelled front garden, which has space for a number of cars, so the buyer might prefer to repurpose the double garage, which is fully plumbed and wired.
The rear garden is south-facing and has a large decking area, with plenty of space for al fresco meals and sunbathing.
The boundary is skirted by mature trees and also backs onto the extensive grounds of Auburn House, one of the neighbourhood's most impressive period residences.
Throughout No 21, wide plank oak flooring, wooden doors and attention to details, such as the cornices, gives the heft of a solidly built period property. To the left of the large hallway there is a TV room, a study with built-in oak-lined shelves and a living room with a bay window that opens onto the deck.
To the right of the hallway is a large family room, a generously sized utility room, a country-style kitchen/dining room with gas-fired AGA and granite-topped island. The kitchen opens out onto the deck.
A guest WC with a shower and heated towel rail completes the ground floor.
On the first floor, there are four bedrooms and a very large family bathroom with a pretty window seat that would make an ideal spot for watching the comings and goings in the neighbourhood. The luxurious master bedroom has an enviable walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite.
No 21 has been well thought out with regard to storage - a perennial problem with family homes - there are extra storage rooms on each floor as well as good built-in wardrobes in the bedrooms, while a vast attic space and room on the grounds mean extending is an option.
Despite the crash, Abington has matured well and prices have held. According to selling agent David Blanc, No 42, quoting €2.2m, has recently gone sale agreed, as has No 15, which is quoting €1.5m. And No 21 is already attracting a high level of interest from both foreign and Irish potential buyers.
For golfers there's the prospect of the links course at Portmarnock or Malahide's 27-hole parkland course, while the beach at Malahide and Portmarnock offer lots of bucket and spade opportunities for those who have small children.
21 Abington, Malahide, Co Dublin
Asking price: €1.6m
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc (01) 845 4500