Dive into beach­side home in Grey­stones

New three-bed prop­erty with A3 en­ergy rat­ing , close to Ladies’ Cove where lo­cals swim all year round, max­imises light and makes the most of its sea views

The Irish Times - Thursday - Property - - Property, Construction & Land Prospects - EL­IZ­A­BETH BIRDTHISTLE 745,000 Co Sligo ¤ 300,000

De­scrip­tion: Three-bed house in turnkey con­di­tion with sea views Agent: Sherry FitzGer­ald Grey­stones, once a small fish­ing vil­lage on the out­skirts of Dublin, has wit­nessed a surge in hous­ing de­vel­op­ment in the past 15 years. The at­trac­tive sea­side town took the ac­co­lade of World’s Most Live­able Com­mu­nity in the 2008 LivCom Awards.

The town now has the high­est prop­erty prices out­side of Dublin. It is the lo­ca­tion – a 50-minute com­mute by Dart from Dublin city – which makes it at­trac­tive for young fam­i­lies due to the wealth of out­door ameni­ties such as sail­ing, swim­ming and hik­ing.

Hip­ster restau­rants such as The Happy Pear, The Three Q’s and Tram­yard Kitchen have seen the town be­come some­thing of a foodie Mecca in re­cent years.

Beach ac­cess

What is most at­trac­tive about South Cliff, a new three-bed semi-de­tached house, at the end of Sid­mon­ton Road, is its ac­cess to the beach, which con­ve­niently sits just op­po­site the back gate.

The pho­to­graphs re­ally do no jus­tice to how close this prop­erty is to Ladies’ Cove, where lo­cals swim year-round.

Home to de­vel­oper Micheál Scan­lon of Dorm Qual­ity De­vel­op­ments and his fam­ily, who had in­tended to live here but due to a grow­ing fam­ily are up­siz­ing, the house and its mir­ror im­age neigh­bour were con­structed by Scan­lon within the past 18 months.

Next door sold – the price achieved has not yet ap­peared on the Prop­erty Price Reg­is­ter, and Sherry FitzGer­ald is now seek­ing ¤745,000 for the 127sq m (1,370sq ft) house which has su­perb views of the sea.

“It’s a re­ally unique site, so in a bid to get the best sea views and max­imise light, none of the rooms are square and none of the ceil­ings are straight,” says Scan­lon.

The house has an A3 en­ergy rat­ing due to alu-clad win­dows, an air-to-wa­ter heating sys­tem and stove: “It’s air­tight but breath­able and built to with­stand the sea.”

Un­der­floor heating

At gar­den level is a Fern­dale kitchen lead­ing into a din­ing area and re­cep­tion room, both of which have ac­cess to the rear gar­den through large glass doors. The liv­in­groom is ex­cep­tion­ally bright due to eight Velux over­head and is warmed by un­der­floor heating be­neath the limed oak ef­fect tiles which run through­out this floor.

Up­stairs are two of the three bed­rooms and a large fam­ily bath­room – there is a sec­ond f a mil y bath­room on t he ground floor.

The gar­dens, set be­hind elec­tric gates are main­te­nance free, but it is the small back gate a hop, skip and a jump from the sea that is the real ap­peal.

‘‘ The house has an A3 en­ergy rat­ing due to alu-clad win­dows, an air-to-wa­ter heating sys­tem and stove

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