- Sale Type: For Sale by Private Treaty
- Overall Floor Area: 235 m²
A landmark period residence tastefully transformed into a modern family home, 3 Martello Terrace was recently refurbished to the highest standard. The superb quality of finish and attention to detail impresses throughout.
This exceptional home, built in 1860, sits in a listed Victorian terrace of eight houses – a young James Joyce was one of the early residents. It retains many period features including original floorboards, sash windows and shutters, high ceilings, decorative plasterwork and feature fireplaces.
Set back from the road and tucked away at the quieter, harbour end of Bray’s splendid Esplanade, the property takes full advantage of the unparalleled views this enviable coastal location offers, with commanding sea views from both the front and rear of the house.
A charming first floor veranda is a striking feature of the exterior while inside, the substantial accommodation of approx. 235sq.m (2,530sq.ft) is laid out over three floors. A welcoming and light filled hall leads into two large interconnecting reception rooms, one of which is currently used as a formal dining room. A very well-appointed family kitchen, with a recently installed Smeg dual fuel range cooker, completes the ground floor.
Accommodation on the upper floors includes five bedrooms, a very spacious family bathroom with shower and a Jacuzzi bath, a guest WC and a separate shower-room.
However, the jewel in the crown of this stunning property is undoubtedly the graciously proportioned and exquisitely decorated first floor drawing room. Light floods in through the two beautiful windows, one of them opening onto the veranda with its breath-taking views out to sea and all along the promenade to Bray Head. This is the most perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee or sip an evening cocktail.
A gated landscaped communal garden to the front features a large lawned area and secure off-street residents’ parking. There is also a sunny and private walled back garden (with rear pedestrian access) in which to relax. Or maybe you might prefer to lace up your boots and walk that magnificent view, whether it be a pleasant stroll on the mile-long prom or a bracing walk to Bray Head, over the Summit and on to Greystones.
No 3 Martello Terrace effortlessly combines the elegance of a bygone age with the requirements of 21st century family living. For all its unique qualities and special character, this tranquil property is just a short walk from the bustling town centre. There are excellent transport links to Dublin city while all the amenities of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, are on your doorstep.
For commuters, the mainline/DART train station is minutes away on foot and there are regular bus services. The N11/M11 and M50 road network (40 min drive to Dublin Airport) provides ease of access to Dublin city centre and beyond.
The lovely seaside town of Bray offers a wide array of amenities and facilities with many shops, cafÃ©s, bars and restaurants to enjoy and numerous leisure and recreational activities available. Sporting enthusiasts are well catered for with the likes of golf, sailing, GAA, tennis, soccer and rugby clubs. Bray also offers a good choice of first class primary and secondary schools.
This has been a very happy family home for the current owners, but now that their adult children have flown the nest they are downsizing to a smaller property.
Veranda with slabbed floor and lovely seating area with a rail at the front
Entrance Hall (9.10m x 1.60m )with enclosed radiator, fuse board, phone watch, digital security alarm panel, ceiling coving, decorative rose, picture rail and timber flooring that has been stripped giving it a very light effect
Drawing Room (5.00m x 4.60m )with solid polished timber flooring, ceiling coving, decorative rose, marble fireplace with marble inset, gas coal effect fire to the front and marble hearth, storage units either side of the chimney breast, display cabinets, cupboards, sliding sash window overlooking the front with shutters in tact and this takes in the stunning views of Bray head. Double folding doors opening through to the
Dining Room (4.50m x 3.70m )with ceiling coving, ornate decorative rose, solid stripped polished timber flooring, open marble fireplace with cast iron and pattern tiled inset and stone hearth, and rear sliding sash window with shutters in tact
Hall Return with understairs storage
Kitchen/Breakfast Room (5.90m x 3.60m )with a range of fitted pale blue Shaker style units, drawers, polished granite worktop, tiled floor, recessed lighting, Smeg seven ring hob, opaque glazed splashback, polished granite upstand and above the cooker there is the exposed brick granite, built in side board incorporating one and half bowl sink unit, draining board, Whirlpool integrated dishwasher, Bosh microwave, fridge/freezer, wine cooler, temperature regulator, pull out larder and further storage, painted wainscoting, digital heating and water controls, and double glazed door opening out to the rear
First Floor Return
Bathroom (3.90m x 3.60m )with solid red walnut flooring, painted panel, wainscoting, dado rail, recessed lighting, pedestal wash hand basin, w.c, large Jacuzzi bath with antique style fittings incorporating telephone shower attachment, step in tiled power shower, cupboard and hot press with immersion unit and pump for shower
Shower Room with step in tiled power shower, pedestal wash hand basin with illuminated mirror, vanity cabinet over, tiled floor, tiled walls, timber panelled ceiling with recessed lighting and wall mounted heater
Bedroom 1 (4.20m x 3.70m )with high ceiling, ceiling coving, built in wardrobes with glazed front box shelving, painted cast iron fireplace and sliding sash windows with shutters intact overlooking the harbour to the rear
Drawing Room (6.30m x 5.10m )with dado rail, enclosed radiator, wide plank solid timber flooring, marble fireplace dating from 1861 with tiled inset, brass hood and pattern tiled hearth, sliding sash window overlooking the promenade, Bray seafront, the bay, Bray Head, ceiling coving, ornate ceiling rose and television point
Terrace (6.65m x 2.05m )overlooking the unbelievable views of the grounds, Bray Seafront, promenade, the bay and Bray Head. It is a beautiful area to be able to sit out and underneath the balcony there is bonded rainwater proofing sealing it completely
Guest W.C. with pedestal wash hand basin, tiled floor, tiled walls, timber panelled ceiling and recessed lighting
Bedroom 2 (4.15m x 3.70m )with timber effect flooring, large doubled glazed sliding sash window to the side and a painted cast iron fireplace
Bedroom 3 (4.50m x 3.85m )with solid timber flooring, painted cast iron fireplace with arched cast iron inset and stone hearth, ceiling coving and sliding sash window overlooking the rear, Bray Harbour Yacht Club and beach
Master Bedroom (4.95m x 3.30m )with ceiling coving, twin wardrobes, painted cast iron fireplace with arched cast iron inset and stone hearth, sliding sash window with shutters intact overlooking the front taking in the stunning views over the common areas with sunflowers, Bray Seafront, the beach, Bray Promenade and Bray Head
Bedroom 5 (3.80m x 2.60m )with solid timber flooring and sliding sash window overlooking the front taking in the stunning views
Landing with feature pattern stained glass window giving great light into this level, hatch to attic with insulation and ceiling coving
Garden (12.25m)walled with cut granite tops, gravelled lawn with mature shrubbery, trees and planting, rear patio with pedestrian gate onto the rear lane which is owned communally and at the end there is a double folding gate opening out opposite the Harbour Bar
Shed/Utility Purpose built which is a boiler shed/utility room housing the Ideal gas fired central heating boiler which is new, Bosch washing machine and Hotpoint tumble dryer
Communal gardens and grounds to the front incorporating a lawned garden and off street car parking is surrounded by well-defined boundaries with this home further enhanced with a large sunny rear garden being laid out mainly in lawn of approximately 19m (62ft) enjoying pedestrian rear access, immense seclusion and privacy.
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