WE DON’T ALWAYS have the weather in Ireland to sit outdoors and bask in the sun. So on the days the mercury does rise, we need to make the most of it.
This week we’re looking at four homes around the country with balconies for wining, dining and relaxing al fresco – from a four-storey home in Cork to a house by the coast in Co Dublin.
From the front, Riverview House looks like an unsuspecting detached property. To the rear, however, four floors of light-filled accommodation are revealed. Built in 2008, the 4,400 sq ft property boasts a spacious, bright interior with views over the River Owenabue and the surrounding countryside, as well as two balconies with a south-facing aspect.
Located in a gated development, 98 Leinster Wood is a highly attractive four-bed family home. It sits on a south-facing site and boasts an impressive 50m-long rear garden which overlooks Carton House Golf Club and includes a large decking area and lawn. The interior measures 2,040 sq ft, while the master bedroom benefits from a balcony with garden views. Maynooth town is a handy 10-minute drive away.
Positioned right by the coast in Portrane, Kasifa offers a peaceful way of life for its lucky new owners. The five-bed home boasts views of Lambay Island and Portrane Bay, with a balcony making for the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the serene surroundings. The property underwent renovations in 2014 to maximise the sea views throughout the home, and comes to the market in turnkey condition. To the rear, there’s a mature west-facing garden with a patio area and lawn.
Sitting on 0.25 acres of lush gardens and with the beach less than a 15-minute walk away, Inglewood enjoys a highly desirable location within 40 minutes of the heart of the capital. The four-bed property boasts a warm and welcoming interior with exposed brick and wood finishes throughout, with a balcony extending from the master bedroom. Tucked away at the end of the rear garden, there’s an artist’s studio which could easily be adapted for use as a home office.