“Coastal Class”


“Coastal Class”

This property really is the definition of top end. Not only do you get four large reception rooms (with the formal dining room measuring 19'9" x 14'), there is a massive, beautifully equipped kitchen with causal dining area. And upstairs you have five bedrooms, all double of course, and four of them boast en suites. 
The accommodation, spread over three floors, is set in the gorgeous seaside area of Cultra and Glen Road is deservedly one of North Down's most exclusive addresses, tree-lined and totally desirable. 
From the outside the house looks as if it's been here for at least 200 years with its Georgian-style sash windows and imposing double door with fanlight giving on to the entrance hall with a superb solid marble stairwell leading up to the first floor. In fact, the house was built about 10 years ago. However, the equality is definitely old school.
The current owners have installed lighting fitments, with sconce-style fittings on the wall all well as a period chandelier. Anyone who buys is likely to maintain the glamorous, slightly historic theme as it obviously suits the property down to the ground. 
There's a downstairs loo, then you enter the formal dining room which would surely be the perfect setting to win any episode of 'Come Dine with Me'. The flooring is maple, the marble mantelpiece is ideal for photos of you and your family, maybe posing next to celebrities (it's that kind of feeling), and the hearth is granite and encloses a large gas fire for when the evenings draw in.
The well-named family room has solid oak flooring, a cornice ceiling and centre rose, like the other reception rooms. It also has extensive views over the rear gardens.
And the grounds - gardens doesn't suffice here - of 17b are surrounded by half an acre of beautifully manicured flower beds, tree and shrubs.
There is also a substantial patio area where you can position your garden furniture for the few days when eating out is more than a dream.
And the kitchen with casual dining area will satisfy the most demanding foodie or amateur cook. Its sheer size - 33'10 x 14' - means you can invite friends in for a drink and chat while cooking, then join them at the breakfast bar, with seating for five-six people, or head for the casual dining area that has space for a six-eight seater dining table and chairs.
There is stone flooring and the solid polished worktops are granite with splash-back. There is also a Zanussi coffee machine for real continental lattes and espressos, plus a Neff microwave and double Neff fitted oven. You can also position your collection of quaffable Bordeaux in the built-in wine rack.
You would be spoilt for choice when entertaining in this handsome home as there is also a well-proportioned living room with a magnificent 21ft feature atrium style ceiling with a glazed roof-light and views over Belfast Lough through the trees. 
The utility room with stone tiled floor has a wide selection of solid maple fitted units and it's plumbed for a washing machine. There is an attractive fanlight above the door giving on to the rear terrace.
Upstairs, the themes of space and elegance continue. On the first floor landing, there is a walk-in linen room. You reach three bedrooms, all well fitted out. The master bedroom measures 19'5" x 15' and has solid marble flooring: you'll be singing 'I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls' before you go to sleep in this bedroom.
The dream is of course reality, plus you get a double hardwood French door giving onto your very own south westerly facing balcony.
There is a dressing room with space for up to five double wardrobes, if your clothes warrant them, and the master en-suite shower room has all the high spec. you could wish for. The two other bedrooms on this floor have solid wood floors and bedroom three has yet more views over the parlands and rear gardens.
Cleanliness really won't be a problem for the family moving into Glen Road as there is also a sizeable family bathroom with a suite comprising a pedestal wash hand basin, low flush WC, a bidet and deep fill Jacuzzi. The décor is fully panelled marble effect (what else?) and there's low voltage lighting plus a solid marble floor. On the second floor, you'll find another bathroom with all the fittings you'd expect, including a deep fill free-standing bath, continuing the period feeling, and a door leading to a room that could double up as a playroom or study or, of course, another bedroom, the sixth. Here there are views of the Lough, again filtered through the trees.
This property really has it all. The accommodation is glorious, there are plenty of rooms with views of some lush countryside and you gain proximity to one of the classiest bits of coastline in these parts. All it needs now is a new owner, and maybe a grand name.

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