Luxurious family home in leafy southside
Achill, 26 Marlborough Road, Glenageary, Co Dublin, €2.25m
It is hard to believe that Achill, a luxurious four-bed detached house built on generous lines, was designed by the vendor. The rooms flow into one another in a way that makes entertaining a doddle and are spacious, light-filled - the bay windows in both of the east-facing reception rooms are 19ft wide - and full of elegant design flourishes. It all speaks of an expert hand.
Yet, the vendor is neither a designer nor an architect. Instead, as she says herself, she has lived in enough houses over the years to know exactly what she wanted and what worked for her and her family. She even project-managed the build. The result is a house designed with family life to the fore.
"The house is a square," she says. "I wanted all four corners of the square to get used during the day."
From the front door, you can look straight through the double-fronted house, through the glass wall of windows and doors at the rear and out to the huge garden at the back. To both sides of the wide hallway there are reception rooms. Both have double doors and identical limestone fireplaces which are lined up, the vendor says, so as to make one big party room if you need it for entertaining.
At other times, the vendor likes to read in what she calls 'the good room' in the evenings, and the children - there are three of them, all now college- going - can be playing, studying, watching TV or hanging out with their friends at the same time in the other rooms without getting into one another's hair.
A large L-shaped kitchen/living/dining space runs across the width of the house to the rear. The kitchen units are bespoke by In Frame kitchens and have Silestone counters. There is a central island with seating, a Fisher & Paykel dishwasher, Smeg six-ring gas cooker, and as much storage as any cook or host could wish for. Double doors open onto the west-facing patio from the kitchen, as well as from the dining zone of this space.
The living area contains the only remnant of the original house which once stood on this site - a pretty 1920s painted oak fireplace. A study leads off the living area and links to the front reception room via a shelf-lined passageway, while double doors connect the study to the garden.
There is also a good-sized utility room, kitted out floor-to-ceiling with the same bespoke units as the kitchen, and a laundry chute which feeds dirty linen from the upper floor. It too has a side door to the garden. A guest WC and a large heated coat room complete the ground floor.
Upstairs there is a generous double-aspect master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe equipped with an en suite. There is a second large double bedroom which currently has a walk-in wardrobe space. It is plumbed for an en suite and could be converted should another bathroom be preferred.
The family bathroom - with bath and corner shower unit - is on this floor. There are two further bedrooms, one a double, both with fitted cherrywood wardrobes. The attic space is currently in use as a fifth bedroom and has wall-to-wall fitted wardrobes and three Velux windows.
The back of the house gets the afternoon and evening sun, and is ideal for barbecues and sunbathing. An electric awning rolls out over the raised space to add shade when needed. The rest of the rear garden is laid out in lawn. There is a 39sqm garden room that the teenagers have annexed for games and as a gym, while a concrete shed makes a handy hideaway for garden clutter.
In total, the house sits on roughly a third of an acre, and both the front and rear boundaries are planted with mature trees and hedging.
The front garden is cobble-locked with enough room for a fleet of cars. Secured with an electric gate, it is a sheltered and private space. There is also side access to the rear garden.
The house launched to market in April this year, and has recently had a price drop of €150,000. The leafy street and surrounds are among the most sought-after residential areas in the city, with access to a number of primary and secondary schools nearby. The much-loved swimming spots of Sandycove harbour, the Forty Foot and Seapoint are all ideally placed for a summer evening's stroll and dip.
Both Dun Laoghaire and the village of Sandycove are within walking distance and offer a choice of shops, cafes, restaurants, including the ever-popular Cavistons, and the looming bulk of Dun Laoghaire's new library.
The M50 is 12 minutes' drive away, while Glenageary Dart Station is at the end of the road, making the commute into the city an easy journey.
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 284 4422
Viewing: By appointment only