Watch: This Dungarvan home is worth its weight in gold

Tommy Barker visits a Dungarvan Gold Coast top home, and finds the fantastic Greenway cycle route in full swing.
Watch: This Dungarvan home is worth its weight in gold

Gold Coast, Dungarvan €850,000

Size: 278 sq m (3,000 sq ft)

Bedrooms: 5

Bathrooms: 5


SOME addresses carry such local cachet that they get dubbed the region’s ‘Golden Mile,’ or ‘Millionaires’ Row’.

Dungarvan — as one might expect for a stunning-set coastal town, rich in in natural amenities — doesn’t beat about the bush when it comes to naming one of its top spots, with some of the best bay views, ringed by hills and by Ring itself and the town’s plushest homes: it’s called the Gold Coast. Officially.

The Gold Coast is a short, super-scenic seaside stretch out from the West Waterford town towards Clonea; beyond, the equally stunning Copper Coast picks up the pace and ably carries the torch of naturally-framed and cliff-backed views.

(The far longer Copper Coast stretch gets its name from previous centuries of metals mining, thanks to a geology of 460 million years, sufficient to have the region designated a UNESCO GeoPark, back in the early 2000s.)

But, in Munster terms, and right on the edge of Dungarvan town, the Gold Coast truly is a gilded address. Houses here tend to be bought for life, and for lifestyle reasons.

Sites are rare as gannets’ teeth, re-sales are sporadic, and the most recent sales have tipped over the €800,000 mark for the best on offer.

Coming into that rarified setting is this new arrival, built only in 2006, and listed at €850,000 with its joint selling agents, Brian Gleeson Property, and Sherry FitzGerald Reynolds.

“Miss them when they come, and they’re gone again. It’s not like buying a car in a garage when you can can buy the next identical one along,” observes Brian Gleeson as he starts showing this Gold Coast modern-build, confident of a fast sale, all at a time when Dungarvan’s star is in the ascendant, in an upward trajectory both in tourism and lifestyle terms.

Everything comes in cycles, and key driver for West Waterford is indeed cycle-based, with the arrival of the last stages of the Waterford Greenway, which officially opened early spring, to huge acclaim and popular support along the 46km old rail line.

When the Irish Examiner called to visit this Gold Coast property Thursday last, the cycle route was in full swing, and calling just 6kms out the route from Dungarvan to O’Mahony’s immaculate bar and traditional ices and sweet-shop at Durrow/Shanacool with displays of jellies, the place was thronged with families out for an Easter holiday spin, over viaducts and bridges, and through the spooky 300m old Victorian Ballyvoyle rail tunnel.

(There’s bike hire here too, one of six already which have cropped on the Greenway route)

Coincidentally, that same afternoon, Ray Darcy was on RTÉ radio extolling Waterford’s Copper Coast as “one of Ireland’s best kept secrets.”

Well, the word is clearly out: summer 2017 is going to see more bikes on the Greenway that you’d see on a stage of the Tour de France: its time in the sun has come.

So it is too for the Gold Coast, with water proximity and vistas, sports amenities and pitches right on the doorstep, there’s the Gold Coast golf course on a low headland, pier/boat slip and beaches galore, all within a walk of the town, which is itself basking in the shiny new stone and paving of its feature town square.

Putting this 3,000 sq ft five-bed family home on the open market, David Reynolds and Brian Gleeson describe the house as “simply stunning, on one of the premier addresses in West Waterford.”

Its owner is down-sizing,moving into Dungarvan town centre, after having this home on 0.71 of an acre, set behind a Liscannor dry-stone wall, with the house built in 2006 by the late builder Ashley Poynton, who hailed from Youghal.

Design of the broad, red-brick property was by local Dungarvan architect Damien Dillon, who pitched it perfectly for the views and light (an easy enough task in some respects seeing as both are in the same south/west direction,) while very mature boundaries and some feature pine trees provide privacy and screening on the other compass points.

A couple of old Scots Pines on the front lawn serve as vertical counterpart to the broad panorama of water and bay, and boats on high tides, and sunsets.

Most of this house’s ‘good’ rooms are to the front for views, plus there’s a ground floor bedroom, and the overall airy tone is set from the front door in, by virtue of a double-height atrium/entrance hall, with marble flooring, while solid oak flooring features almost everywhere else.

Ash timber features heavily internally, in the strongly-made doors and other joinery and stairs, done by Waterford Joinery and rooms include two receptions, one with wood-burning stove, and the other has a gas fire.

There’s a double aspect kitchen/diner, opening to a gable end sun-room, glazed on three sides and with full-on views down the long drive to the glint of Gold Coast at the garden’s end.

Also at ground is a utility, bedroom, and guest WC, while upstairs ranged off the long landing are four bedrooms of which three have en-suites, whilst the main family bathroom has a Jacuzzi bath, and there’s also a walk-in airing cupboard.

Condition of this “executive residence with presence and maturity,” as the sales description extols, is immaculate; it scores a very good B3 BER, and given that it’s over a decade old now, there’s hardly a scuff mark, it’s as good as new, so new owners can just pick paint colours, hang their art, and wheel in their bikes and furniture to make themselves at home.

Externally, there’s a detached 550 sq ft garage, with roller-shutter door, and stairs to an overhead loft.

This building is for storing the essential bikes for the Greenway, golf clubs for the 18-hole golf course a kilometre away, plus kayaks/jet-skis/rib and other sporting paraphernalia that living in a Gold Coast location like this facilitates.

VERDICT: Go for Gold.

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