Greystones now has the highest house prices outside of Dublin, and in parts of the capital you can still buy a house for less than it costs in the culinary mecca of Wicklow.
Tucked away in an elevated position between the mountains and the sea is Cliff Manor: a development of seven houses that occupy the site of the former Cliff Manor Hotel.
The properties were developed around 1999 after the hotel – which also functioned for a time as a retirement home – was destroyed, along with two abandoned houses.
To be fair, with the exception of a few hikers who strayed from the coastal walk from Bray to Greystones, you would hardly know the houses were there. As well as magnificent views of the sea, Greystones harbor and the town of Wicklow, the properties are set in communal gardens which extend over nearly 3 hectares (7 acres) of woodland and parkland. In addition, there is a summer garden for the seven houses with a barbecue area for entertaining.
Number 3 has been home to its current owners since they bought the house in 2014 for € 430,000. Since then, they’ve done away with the windows to the front and back, replacing them with patio doors to allow more views and light. Additionally, new flooring – a mix of quality marble and laminate – now runs through the open plan living / dining area adjacent to a new kitchen.
Upstairs, a new patio door has been installed for the master bedroom terrace, which offers incredible views and where the owners sit on summer evenings. The bathrooms and west-facing rear garden have also been recently renovated in the three-bedroom 1,550 sq. Ft. (144m²) property, so it is now turnkey. Floor-to-ceiling windows “offer great views of passing ships and sailboats and it’s all very therapeutic,” say the owners, who are moving to another location by the sea – but in warmer climates.
Bray and Greystones are equidistant about 2 miles each – and the owners, who are dog lovers, take a walk up the cliff, which descends a series of private steps each morning. They also enjoy walks to Belmont Demesne which is adjacent to Kilruddery and also less than 2 km away.
“There is a gazebo at the end of our communal gardens where you often see one of the neighbors doing yoga, while a group of our residents take to the sea for a swim each morning. It really is a slice of paradise if you love the outdoors.
Number 3 Cliff Manor, which has a Ber of B3, is on the market via Sherry FitzGerald, looking for € 725,000.