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Greystones Mews with Impressive Pedigree

History and heritage combine with the best of contemporary construction and design to create a must-see converted mews house in County Wicklow, new to the market with estate agents Dooley Auctioneers.

The history goes back to the Victorian era, when Lane House, Killincarrig Manor, Greystones was one of a number of stables and outbuildings, which at that time belonged to the Burnaby Estate. The property of Dublin-born heiress Elizabeth Hawkins-Whitshed, the estate took on her husband’s name when she married the celebrated soldier, explorer, travel writer and balloonist Frederick Burnaby on the eve of her 19th birthday in 1879.

Alas for the swashbuckling Burnaby, the marriage did not last long due to his premature death just six years later fighting Madhist tribesmen at the Battle of Abu Klea in the Sudan. In spite of his short association with the estate, the appellation stuck and continues to do so as the name by which the surrounding, leafy residential area of Greystones is still known to this day.

At its heart stands Killincarrig Manor, a small and exclusive development of just eleven converted homes, tucked away in a peaceful and tranquil location right next to Greystones Golf Club, including the clubhouse, which in its former incarnation as Killincarrig House was the centrepiece of the estate.

While the Burnaby connection goes back well over a century, Lane House has been completed to the highest modern standards, resulting in a supremely well-executed conversion to create almost 1,400 square feet of well-proportioned living space.

The building’s heritage has not been forgotten, thanks to a sympathetic design that showcases many original features, including cut-stone exterior walls, high vaulted ceilings and large arched windows, which together with the property’s open-plan layout and extensive use of glass combine to flood the interior with natural light.

At the heart of home is a large contemporary kitchen in open-plan configuration with a spacious dining room, which in turn has an open-plan link to an exceptionally large entrance hall. Allied with those high ceilings and large windows, these three rooms combine to create a wonderfully expansive feeling of light and space. Both bedrooms are also exceptionally spacious, each with its own large ensuite bathroom and one with a French door leading on to the patio. The feeling of light and space continues in an airy, high-ceilinged lounge that provides the perfect place to relax and unwind, while a well-fitted guest bathroom and a utility room complete the accommodation.

Outside, there’s a large south-facing private sun terrace running the length of the property, which thanks to the adjoining golf course, is not overlooked. To the front, the property enjoys an attractive courtyard setting, with extensive communal grounds including a large green space, sweeping drive and mature plants, shrubs and trees.

Ideally suited to golfers due to its location right beside Greystones Golf Club, it is also just a short distance from many other sports and leisure facilities including the Shoreline Leisure Centre, rugby club, GAA, tennis and swimming pool. Also close by are the marina, sailing club, an excellent choice of schools and all the shops, cafés, restaurants and amenities of the town. Commuting to Dublin couldn’t be easier thanks to the close proximity of the N11 and Greystones DART station, while the Aircoach provides a direct link to Dublin airport.

Selling agents Dooley Auctioneers are quoting €630,000 for the property. According to Managing Director Gabriel Dooley, Lane House is ideally suited to singletons, couples, downsizers, retirees and investors alike.

For further information, call 01 20 10 300 or vist: www.dooley.ie

Release Date: 7th September 2017


 

Rising rents put Greystones at pinnacle of demand for commercial property

Greystones is undergoing a surge in commercial property values that is putting neighbouring East Coast towns in the shade.

That’s according to leading local property specialists Dooley Auctioneers, who report that the town’s thriving food, retail and hospitality sectors have created a bullish commercial rental market that is being further fuelled by an influx of tourists and weekend visitors.

“The figures speak for themselves,” says Managing Director Gabriel Dooley of Dooley Auctioneers. “High demand for commercial property is driving commercial rents towards €70 per square foot per annum. Other East Coast towns such as Dun Laoghaire, Bray, Arklow and Wicklow are achieving nothing like that.”

He says this trend reflects the high demand created by the town’s growing population, which at 18,140 confirmed Greystones as County Wicklow’s second largest town in the 2016 Cenus. He adds that demand is being further boosted by high visitor numbers, not least the large number of weekend walkers flocking into the resort via the restored Bray-Greystones cliff walk.

“Anyone spending time in Greystones will tell you that the town is buzzing. It’s currently estimated that between 2,000 and 3,000 people per day are visting the town on weekends and bank holidays.

The positive trend is not lost on businesses with an eye to opportunity. These include top brands such as Boots, Mooch Yogurt, Kilkenny Design, the Tramyard (formerly Cavitsons) and the Daata Restaurant (in the former Mrs Robinson’s Kitchen) all of which recently announced openings in the town. They join many other well established names with in the town such as the Happy Pear, La Touche Wines, The Hungry Monk, The Beach House, Insomnia, The Burnaby and the Three Qs.

Dooley Auctioneers has itself been part of the trend, opening a branch in the town at La Touche Place. “The strength of the local market is confirmed by the huge number of callers we’ve been receiving at our Greystones market since we opened.”

“Most recently, we’ve had a very high level of inquiries in relation to a prime commercial unit we have taken on at Burnaby Buildings, which is available following the decision by the Butler’s Pantry to move to another premises in the town.”

For further information, call 01 20 10 300 or vist: www.dooley.ie

 

Release Date: 15th June 2017


 

Dooley Auctioneers launches new seven-day service in Greystones

Leading estate agents Dooley Auctioneers have launched a dedicated new branch office in Greystones to cater for increasing demand for property in the town and surrounding region.

And in what marks a significant departure for the Wicklow property market, Dooley Auctioneers are providing a seven-day opening service at their new premises at La Touche Place, Greystones, making them the first local estate agents to do so.

According to Dooley Auctioneers managing director Gabriel Dooley, their extended opening hours set an important new trend by providing a more customer-focused service to home hunters seeking property in the area.

“Our approach is to suit our customers, rather than expect them to suit us,” he says. “We sell a lot of properties to first-time buyers, couples and young people. People lead increasingly hectic lives and for them, the weekend is easily the best time to view properties, explore the area, and to call into us. Because of work commitments, this is something many people are simply not in a position to do during the week.

“Since opening our new office, we have experienced a tremendous number of callers on Saturdays and Sunday, making these our busiest days of the week by far.”

Long popular with home hunters, Greystones’ enduring appeal has been enhanced in recent times by the town’s new marina, a wide variety of retail and food offerings, several large sports facilities and an excellent choice of schools, including three new ones.

“For people new to Greystones, we spend time showing them around the area and introducing them to all the amenities the town has to offer,” says Gabriel Dooley. “This generally takes at least one hour, so it’s best done at weekends.

“Another important consideration is that people rightly want to view properties in daylight, and without weekend opening, this is just not possible at this time of year.”

Located in a high footfall area on the main route between Greystones Marina and the town’s bustling commercial and retail centre, the new Dooley Auctioneers office enjoys a commanding presence at La Touche Place, enhanced by prominent window displays in eye-catching new livery following a recent rebrand.

Inside, Dooley’s customer-friendly approach is reflected by warm and welcoming décor, comfortable furniture and even a bar from which visitors can be served coffee, tea, soft drinks or perhaps a celebratory glass of champagne to seal the latest deal!

“Greystones has always been a key market for us ever since we established Dooley Auctioneers 21 years ago,” says Gabriel Dooley. “In recent years we have been actively servicing the town from our office in Delgany, but given the growing demand for homes in Greystones, we are delighted to heighten our presence here.”

He predicts that the already high demand for starter homes in North Wicklow in general and Greystones in particular is set to surge in the new year following the Central Bank’s recent decision to relax deposit rules for first-time buyers.

“If you take the example of a house priced at €300,000, the new rules lifting the 10% deposit cap of €220,000 means that buyers will be required to come up with €8,000 less by way of a deposit, which is a big help.

“While it is not as radical a step as some have been calling for, no one wants to return to the reckless lending that led to the last housing crash. In that light, it’s a cautious step, but one in the right direction, which will start filtering through to the market in 2017.”

Located just off the town’s main street in La Touche Place, the new Greystones office of Dooley Auctioneers is open seven days a week 10am to 5pm.

For further information, contact Dooley Auctioneers. Tel: 01 20 10 300. Email: info@dooley.ie and website: www.dooley.ie

Release Date: 8th December 2016


Dance fever grips Delgany as local luminaries battle for ‘Strictly’ title

Members and friends of Delgany Golf Club are preparing to show off swing skills of a very different kind by competing in their very own dance extravaganza when ‘Strictly Delgany’ steps it out on Friday 4th March next in the Killiney Castle Hotel.

The event, which has Dooley Auctioneers as its main sponsor, is being organised as a fundraising social night. Wicklow Hospice will also benefit, receiving half of all the proceeds from the online voting. With the countdown well underway, it is already the focus of much excitement and interest within the local community, as 14 pairs of dancers prepare to vie for the ‘Strictly Delgany’ title.

Among those getting ready to rumba are members of the well-known local Bradshaw family with Patrick, his wife Dana and his sister Teresa Thompson all competing. Also set to waltz their way across the dance floor are barrister Mairead Coughlan, Lash Boutique (Dalkey) owner Thereasa Arcari, young scratch golfer Mark Behan and Cheryl Ball.

With guidance and instruction from professional dancers, the participants have been training and rehearsing throughout February. As part of the fund-raising drive, friends, families and backers of the various contenders are being given the chance to support their favourite couple with paid-for votes.

According to Club Captain Dermot O’Brien, Delgany Golf Club is an important Wicklow amenity that has served the local community for over 100 years.

“It is a major attraction for tourists who spend money in the local economy. It is also a great facility for children of all ages who can avail of the expertise of the club golf professionals Gavin Kavanagh and Mark Staunton,” he says.

“We are delighted with the way that the local community has supported this event through sponsorship, taking advertisements in our attractive programme or in simply offering encouragement to the organisers and dancers.”

“By getting people behind their favourite dance pairs, ‘Strictly Delgany’ is a great way to stage an exciting social event while also raising some funds for the club.”

The event will also raise funds for Wicklow Hospice, which will receive half the proceeds from the online voting for the dancers.

Gabriel Dooley, Managing Director leading property firm Dooley Auctioneers, said they were delighted to be sponsoring the event.

“Delgany Golf Club is part of the fabric of the community, while Wicklow Hospice is a great cause, so we are very pleased to be supporting both,” he said.

‘Stricty Delgany’ takes place in the Killiney Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin on Friday 4th March next. For information, email: admin@delganygolfclub.com or call: 01 287 4536.

The complete line-up of competing couples is: Pat O’Mahony and Cheryl Ball, Donal Duffy and Eileen Bohane, Mark Behan and Theresa Thompson, Michael O’Brien and Dana Bradshaw, Barry Doyle and Thereasa Arcari, Jim Blake and Mary Corcoran, Liam Kelly and Betty Sherry, Paul Farrar and Helen Doolin, Eamonn Hargadon and Joan Browne, Gary Cormican and Mary Courtney, David Flynn and Mairead Coughlan, Patrick Bradshaw and Pauline Burke, Oh Peng Lim and Elaine McGrath, and Ben Geoghegan and Rose Walker.

 

Release Date: 16th February 2016


 

Outstanding light and space in Greystones family home

For designers and homemakers alike it is the holy grail of property. Seldom however, have light and space been combined to such imaginative effect as at Donard, an exceptionally large, bungalow set on half an acre at Manor Avenue in the leafy Burnaby area of Greystones, Co. Wicklow, which is new to the market at €1.2 million with selling agents Dooley Auctioneers.

Lovingly maintained throughout, current owners Adrian and Jacqueline Neville have enhanced the original property with a supremely well-executed conversion that has created a truly breathtaking living and lifestyle space at the heart of this beautifully presented family home.

Designed, built and finished in complete sympathy with the property’s original character, the result is an exceptionally large (over 750 sq ft) kitchen/dining/living area flooded with light streaming through an atrium style pitched glass roof, seamlessly integrated into the original structure.

A cosy lounge provides the perfect setting for a den or TV room, while a more formal drawing room is a great space for entertaining. Also on the ground floor are two well-fitted bathrooms, an additional wc and three tastefully decorated bedrooms, all with generous storage space. The first floor features substantial further living space, with three additional rooms suitable for a wide variety of purposes, from sleeping and storage to office work and study.

Outside, there are large gardens both to the front and rear of the property, well stocked with fine specimen plants and bordered at the back by an array of mature flowering trees that create a woodland world of peace, seclusion and privacy. It’s the perfect place to sip a morning coffee on the patio, enjoy an evening barbecue with friends on the deck, pick strawberries from the vegetable and fruit garden, or simply potter about tending to flowers on a warm summer’s day, while the children enjoy ample space to run around and play.

The property is provided with a host of features including a comprehensive range of high spec modern kitchen fittings and appliances, including a large island unit, gas hob and wood pellet burning stove. The property is fitted with Rationel timber framed windows at the front and extension, and white uPVC in the remainder of the house. Other points of note include gas-fired central heating, predominantly timber or tiled floors (drawing room and one room upstairs carpeted), extensive storage space throughout the house and tasteful décor with a soft pastel palette to emphasise the abundant natural light. The BER rating is D1.

Outside, privacy and seclusion are assured thanks to large, well-maintained front and rear gardens extending over the half-acre site. Outdoor features include a vegetable/fruit garden and apple trees, patios to front and back, and a deck area off kitchen/living area with retractable canopy that is ideal for barbecues. A notable feature of the back garden is a series mature trees, which create a peaceful woodland feel. There are also extensive lawns, flowering shrubs and planting areas containing many fine specimen plants and trees

Donard’s location is ideal for raising a young family, thanks to its quiet, safe position tucked away in the mature and leafy Burnaby area of Greystones. It’s just a short walk from a wide variety of sports and leisure facilities including the Shoreline Leisure Centre, rugby club, GAA, tennis and swimming pool, and close to the marina, sailing club, an excellent choice of schools and all the shops, cafés, restaurants and amenities of the town. Commuting to Dublin couldn’t be easier thanks to the close proximity of the N11 and Greystones DART station, while the Aircoach provides a direct link to Dublin airport.

For further information, contact Dooley Auctioneers. Tel: 01 20 10 300 info@dooley.ie www.dooley.ie

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Release Date: 6th May 2015


Oodles of space in a glorious setting offer great potential overlooking the Dargle

With its boarded up windows, absence of life and obvious need for refurbishment, at first sight St. Clare’s, Dargle Lane, Bray, Co. Wicklow appears to be the very antithesis of the term ‘showroom condition.’ But for a buyer with vision seeking a rewarding renovation project, this five-bedroomed diamond in the rough offers genuine potential to become that glittering gem every home-hunter dreams of.

According to selling agents Dooley Auctioneers, when set against the €375,000 price, its size and location alone – 2700 square feet tucked away in a secluded woodland setting on the outskirts of Bray – make this property well worth a view.

“There’s no doubt this house is in need of considerable refurbishment as a result of lying vacant for some time,” says Gabriel Dooley. “That said, the underlying structural condition is good and, when you consider the amount of space on offer, this is undoubtedly a property with huge potential. Even allowing for the cost of refurbishment, there’s great value to be had here. It’s an exciting prospect for anyone willing to take on a renovation project to make their dream home a reality, or perhaps a builder interested in bringing the house to market-ready condition.”

Combining single and two-storey accommodation, in its current state the property comprises a spacious kitchen/dining area, two large living areas and five well-proportioned bedrooms. However, it also holds out all the exciting possibilities of a blank canvas refurbishment by redesigning the layout and rebuilding the interior rooms in accordance with a new owner’s individual preferences and tastes. As a further indication of the property’s underlying structural soundness, it has a surprisingly high C3 BER rating.

St. Clare’s retains many of its original features, including a large fitted kitchen, bathroom fittings and timbered pine ceiling in the kitchen/dining area. The house is set in a large garden in a secluded site on rising wooded ground overlooking the Dargle Valley, with a backdrop of mature trees on sloping ground to the rear.

Yet thanks to its location just a short distance from the N11, it’s just a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Bray and all the schools, shops, services, sporting facilities and recreational amenities the town has to offer. Close proximity to the N11 also puts it within good commuting distance to Dublin and the many attractions of the North Wicklow region.

Combining oodles of space in a glorious setting, viewing is highly recommended to those with an eye for possibilities. For further information, contact Dooley Auctioneers. Tel: 01 20 10 300 info@dooley.ie www.dooley.ie

Release Date: 21st April 2015


GameStop move a vote of confidence in Bray retail sector

The recent decision by the GameStop chain to move its Bray store to a larger outlet on the town’s main street represents a vote of confidence in the local retail sector.

According to Gabriel Dooley of estate agents Dooley Auctioneers, while there can be no doubt that many local shops and stores have been experiencing tough trading conditions over recent years, the GameStop move showed that for the right business, Bray continues to offer excellent retail opportunities.

“At a time when out-of-town shopping and online sales continue to pose significant challenges to local traders, GameStop provides a great example of how a locally based retail business can not only succeed but prosper, providing they come up with a successful customer offer with strong appeal to the local market,” he says.

His comment follows Dooley Auctioneers’ recent let of the large (2,000 square feet) Zone A unit at 8 Main Street, to the retail giants. GameStop had previously been based at a smaller outlet at 36 Main Street, where it had successfully traded for a number of years prior to its recent move.

“Bray has always been regarded as a busy shopping town and with a population of well over 30,000, it continues to offer great potential for any retailer looking to launch a new venture or expand an existing operation,” he adds.

Dooley Auctioneers is also handling the let of GameStop’s former premises at 36 Main Street, which is also in a prime Zone A location, just a short walk from the local civic centre and Bray’s iconic Town Hall.

“The property comprises a substantial and versatile space that lends itself to a wide variety of commercial uses,” Gabriel Dooley says. “As the previous tenants proved, it would make a smart move for the right retail, commercial or service-based business that wants to showcase its business in high footfall area with excellent street frontage.”

For further information, contact Dooley Auctioneers. Tel: 01 20 10 300 info@dooley.ie www.dooley.ie

Release Date: 16th April 2015


 

Location, location, location… and that’s only half the story!

 No 19 Rocky Valley Crescent, Kilmacanogue, Co. Wicklow is a stunning five-bedroom property, as handsome on the outside as it is brimming with character inside. Set in an exclusive development of just 33 detached properties, it’s presented in showroom condition and is on the market at €750,000 with selling agents Dooley Auctioneers.

According to Managing Director Gabriel Dooley, the house offers “a rare and affordable opportunity to live in a peaceful setting at the cusp of the Wicklow countryside within an easy commute of central Dublin. It’s a 10-minute drive to the DART stations of Bray and Greystones and only a few minutes from the N11. Its idyllic setting combined with proximity to the capital makes this a dream location for an exceptional family home.”

But location is only part of the story. More is revealed as soon as you open the door and take in the welcoming entrance hallway, generously proportioned rooms flooded with natural light, and a host of special features designed to meet the needs of modern family living.

The large, fully integrated kitchen boasts all the high-spec appliances you might expect in a property of this calibre, including an integrated espresso machine, dishwasher, combi microwave, hob and oven, and a separate utility room houses a washing machine, dryer, sink, worktop space and cupboards. Then there’s the smart home entertainment system, solid timber flooring, underfloor central heating, central vacuum system and dual rear aspect commanding outstanding views sweeping across to Little Sugarloaf Mountain. There’s a garage with electric doors, and a pressurised water system provides power showers in all four bathrooms and the family bathroom also contains a jacuzzi bath.

The house is arranged over three floors: downstairs, as well as the kitchen/diner and utility are a spacious living room, separate dining room currently used as a pool room, and downstairs wc. Upstairs are four good-sized bedrooms (two ensuite) with arched wooden doorways and a family bathroom, and the third floor features an impressive living area and bedroom with storage. Outside are two large west and southwest-facing rear gardens and a sunny patio area ideal for dining al fresco.

“In my opinion, this is a must-view property for anybody looking for a superb family home in an unbeatable location,” says Gabriel Dooley.

For further information, contact Dooley Auctioneers. Tel: 01 20 10 300 info@dooley.ie www.dooley.ie

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Release Date: 10th April 2015

 


Key Killiney development site offers excellent potential at €800,000

A seemingly contradictory combination of high visibility and total seclusion offers excellent potential to a buyer with vision following the arrival on the market of a key development site in South County Dublin.

Selling agents Dooley Auctioneers are quoting €800,000 for the strategically positioned 0.6 acre (2430 square metres) linear development site at Beechwood Nurseries, Ballinclea Road, Killiney, Co. Dublin.

Previously operated as a horticultural garden nursery business, the site is located on the Graduate Roundabout, an important local road hub at the junction of Rochestown Avenue, Church Road and the main R118 to Dun Laoghaire. It’s a location that affords exceptional prominence and visibility, yet thanks to the presence of a characterful, three-metre high stone boundary wall, it is completely secluded from public view.

As a consequence of its former use, the site is mainly laid out as a shrub and plant nursery, with only a potting shed and a lean-to greenhouse currently in situ. According to selling agent Gabriel Dooley, the condition of the plot presents buyers with a blank canvas that, subject to planning permission, can accommodate a wide variety of uses.

“Thanks to the combination of privacy and accessibility in a much sought after residential suburb, there is obvious potential here for residential development, either as a single property standing on its own grounds, or an exclusive enclave development,” he says.

From its roundabout location, the site’s residential appeal is enhanced by rapid road access to the many shops, schools, services and amenities of Dun Laoghaire, Killiney, Cabinteely and other nearby areas of South Dublin.

“The site’s strategic location right on the roundabout also offers commercial potential, particularly for any business seeking a high visibility location with a large volume of passing traffic,” Gabriel Dooley adds.

There is currently restrictive access to the site from Ballinclea Road, with potential for additional access from Church Road, subject to planning permission.

For further information, contact Dooley Auctioneers. Tel: 01 20 10 300 info@dooley.ie www.dooley.ie

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Release Date: 10th April 2015