Sandy­cove lux­ury at wa­ter’s edge

This hand­some five bed on Bayswa­ter Ter­race is one of few Dublin prop­er­ties with di­rect swim­ming ac­cess

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - The Market - ELIZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE 3.5m

De­scrip­tion: Stun­ning five-bed­room res­i­dence with pri­vate wa­ter ac­cess Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Wa­ter has drawn and fas­ci­nated peo­ple since time be­gan, and when it comes to prop­erty, buy­ers are of­ten will­ing to pay an enor­mous pre­mium for what es­tate agents term pieds dans l’eau, quite lit­er­ally feet in the wa­ter.

There are ap­prox­i­mately 30 such prop­er­ties in Dublin with this dis­tinc­tion, and while some houses back onto the Dublin bay, their height above sea level pre­cludes di­rect ac­cess to the wa­ter for a swim; but at Bayswa­ter Ter­race in Sandy­cove, it’s pos­si­ble to walk to the end of the gar­den and be in the wa­ter in sec­onds.

The ter­race of four houses was con­structed in the early 1800s by four mer­chant broth­ers ea­ger to de­camp from the city for sum­mer months. Each prop­erty has pri­vate ac­cess to the wa­ter via a ter­race – with enough room to ac­com­mo­date a kayak or dinghy.

From the gar­den, which me­an­ders to the shore, steps lead down to an old tun­nel – now closed up – which the four broth­ers shared to ac­cess their com­mu­nal boat house.

Num­ber 2, a five-bed prop­erty, was pur­chased and ren­o­vated by the own­ers in 2005 and has been used for high-end cor­po­rate lets gen­er­at­ing rental in­comes of be­tween ¤10,000 and ¤15,000 a month.

Ev­ery inch of the 385sq m (4,145sq ft) has been given a lux­u­ri­ous over­haul, from the ex­pen­sive Dalkey De­sign kitchen which has all the bells and whis­tles one would ex­pect from a prop­erty of this cal­i­bre – in­clud­ing the largest Bri­tan­nia range cooker on the mar­ket.

There are four re­cep­tion rooms; a for­mal draw­ing and din­ing room at hall level, with ac­cess to one of the four pa­tios from the draw­ing room.

On the first floor lies a more in­ti­mate sit­ting room, pre­vi­ous lodgers have used this room as a home of­fice but to be hon­est it would be dif­fi­cult to con­cen­trate as the views are sim­ply jaw-drop­ping. If there is a fault, it might be that the fire­places are all gas – this prop­erty war­rants roar­ing open fires as a bal­ance to the el­e­ments out­side.

It’s not of­ten that plumb­ing is a sell­ing point, but the owner is the daugh­ter of a builders’ sup­ply mer­chant and noth­ing has been over­looked in this de­part­ment. The house has dual boil­ers “just in case one would fail”, the bath in the mas­ter suite not only has Jacuzzi jets but also an aer­ated floor-fed sys­tem to give a com­plete hy­drother­apy ex­pe­ri­ence, and the pièce de re­sis­tance is the steam room on the sec­ond floor, where re­cesses in the walls were specif­i­cally de­signed to ac­com­mo­date cham­pagne glasses – for a tip­ple af­ter sun­set swims.

What makes this prop­erty re­ally spe­cial be­sides its el­e­gance, space and ex­pen­sive in­te­ri­ors is its lo­ca­tion at the wa­ter’s edge.

Just down the road are four yacht clubs – for those who wish to keep a sail boat. How­ever for smaller mo­tor boats it’s pos­si­ble to ap­ply for a moor­ing per­mit from the Dublin Port Au- thor­ity for Bul­lock Har­bour – which lies be­side the ter­race.

A lit­tle gem on the Dublin coast­line, the har­bour is laden with his­tory and cu­riosi­ties such as the Brandy Hole used in the past by smug­glers. Gran­ite quar­ried here in the 1800s now lines part of the Thames em­bank­ment in Lon­don as well as the Great South Wall in Dublin. New own­ers no doubt will de­light that there are daily hauls of lob­ster by lo­cal fish­er­men.

For those who love the sea but need to live in the cap­i­tal, it doesn’t get much bet­ter than this. For sale through Sherry FitzGer­ald with an ask­ing price of ¤3.5mil­lion.

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