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4 of a kind

4 of a Kind: Homes featuring exceptional sun decks

From Carrigaline to Lucan, check these out.

IF 2023′S INDIAN summer is any indication, Ireland is getting warmer, so an outdoor area where you can entertain and take in the rays as well as the views might be top of your home’s must-have list.

This week, we’ve found four lovely homes across the country that make the most of their outdoor space and surroundings with gorgeous sun decks.

Carrigaline, Co Cork – €1,500,000

A 520 m² five-bed home that’s a walk away from town, it’s one of 12 bespoke homes. Built 13 years ago, it has an A3 BER thanks to solar panels and underfloor heating. Inside, the kitchen is a modern monochrome space that blends into the dining area and flows to the living spaces. Four of the bedrooms are located on the same level and they all have en suite bathrooms. The fifth bedrooms is on the level below.

On the very top level of this massive home is a sunroom. Accessed by a flight of stairs from the kitchen, it gives super countryside views as it’s wrapped in glazing. Double doors step out onto a roof deck/balcony that’s the same size as the room within. With walls painted in a punch of purple along with the pergola, it’s no doubt a great space to entertain in.  It may feel rural once you are within its grounds, yet the city is a short trip away and you can walk to many everyday amenities.

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Lucan, Co Dublin – €1,575,000

This home on Clonee Road in Westmanstown in Lucan is a unique architect-designed detached property that stands on about half an acre. With a floor area of 400 m², versatile, well-proportioned spaces showcase multiple bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, walk-in wardrobes, and various outdoor dining areas and sun terraces. The property has a gravel drive that can park up to eight cars, a covered carport, split-level timber deck sun terraces and expansive private gardens overlooking agricultural land. 

The original cottage seamlessly integrates with a modern extension, featuring a glass hallway leading to a double-height space. Situated near Lucan, the property enjoys a peaceful rural setting while being close to the village’s amenities, including shops, restaurants and scenic spots like Lucan Weir and the Royal Canal. This property provides a unique living experience and is eligible for a Green Mortgage with a B3 energy rating. 

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Baltimore, Co Cork – €1,550,000

Slipway House is a lovely waterfront property that stands on roughly half an acre. Renovated recently, this architecturally designed home makes the most of the uninterrupted sea and harbour views across its three floors. With a balanced layout, it spans about 362 m and offers a Nantucket-style interior blended with a west Cork ambiance. The mid-floor features a stunning open plan kitchen and living area with expansive glazing that opens onto a sun deck, a versatile home office, and an atrium. 

The top floor has a breathtaking main suite with panoramic coastal views. The ground level hosts four more bedrooms, including a self-contained apartment, den and access to the courtyard and gardens. Close to Baltimore village, this property embodies coastal living, ideal for water enthusiasts and those seeking a tranquil yet accessible location on the Wild Atlantic Way. 

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Goleen, Co Cork – €590,000

Experience Wild Atlantic Way living in this refurbished two-bed, two-bath cottage in west Cork. Spanning 121 m², this home boasts a modern, custom kitchen with high-end appliances, ample storage and scenic views through large picture windows. Luxurious living spaces feature atmospheric lighting, complemented by a striking stone exterior. Lavish additions include an elevated deck with a hot tub, paved terrace with a water feature, stone BBQ area and charming gardens with native shrubs, fruit trees and a designated Boules area. 

Enjoy rural charm on two acres with donkey stables, a glass house and a pond. The property, just 1.5 km from Barleycove Beach, offers an air-to-water heat pump, underfloor heating, double-glazed windows and bespoke kitchen fittings. Included are a wine room, field, storage shed and machinery. The layout includes an entrance porch, utility room, guest toilet, home office area, built-in wardrobes and a balcony off the main bedroom overlooking the countryside.

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