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This contemporary family home has floor-to-ceiling views of the Wicklow hills

Plus an award-winning design and 1.5 acres of green.

Maytree (8) Source: Daft

SITTING IN THE Wicklow hills is a stand-out family home that’s nothing short of a modern architectural gem. In fact, the design of Maytree won Dublin based firm ODOS Architects an Opus Ireland award back in 2008.

High-flying history aside, Maytree is a three-bedroom house set on 230 sq m.

Completed in 2006, Maytree is now on the market for €875,000, and features a bold design with a cantilevered upper level that flows with the sloping landscape.

An avant-garde home such as this may not conjure up many ideas of family life, but a look inside might change your mind. You’ll find floor to ceiling windows on the upper level that drench the spaces inside with light – and offer great views of the surrounding landscape.

Maytree (5) Source: Daft

Limestone steps lead to the upper level where you’re greeted by a glazed open porch and an entrance hall that connects to three bedrooms, a utility room and a study.

Maytree (9) Source: Daft

The hub of the upper level is the a spacious dining area and lounge that sits beside a modern kitchen.

Polished concrete cover two of the space’s high traffic areas; the floor and the kitchen worktops. The result is a cohesive space that’s tough and ideally suited to modern and busy family life.

Maytree (3) Source: Daft

Use of unplastered concrete might sound too cold and uninviting for the typical Irish home, but softness is brought to the space through the introduction of wall murals, area rugs and a considered choice of furnishings.

Maytree (4) Source: Daft

The large windows aren’t the only feature that capture the sun. Above the kitchen, a roof light and French doors lead out to the terrace.

Maytree (7) Source: Daft

With many of the main rooms completing the upper level, below it lies a 54 sq m space that has recently been converted and houses a utility room and downstairs WC. There’s even space for an extra bedroom should you wish to add to this three bed home.

enniskerry Source: Daft

Outdoors, the 1.5 acres that surround Maytree are almost as contemporary and minimalist as the shell of the structure.

While the front of the house provides parking for up to three cars, a timber staircase winds up the embankment, to the rear of the house, leading to a viewing platform at the top of an escarpment.

Maytree (1) Source: Daft

In terms of location, Maytree might look like it’s in the middle of nowhere, yet Enniskerry, with its restaurants, cafes and shopping amenities, is a mere ten minute walk away.

Dublin’s south side is just 13 km away and is served by a regular bus service, while the N11 is accessible in two minutes.

Maytree, Bray Road, Enniskerry, Co Wicklow is on sale for €875,000 from Colliers International via Daft.ie.

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