Occupying a private, elevated site with breathtaking views across Belfast Lough to the County Antrim shoreline, this magnificent residence is undoubtedly one of Northern Ireland’s finest contemporary houses.
Located in the heart of the highly regarded Cultra/Craigavad area, this sensational property is a minutes’ walk to the coastal path and beach, providing coastal walks to both Holywood and Bangor.
Constructed in 2006, the contemporary design of this architecturally stunning property has been inspired by its superb seaside location. The specification is second to none with every comfort and luxury considered and vast walls of glass upstairs and down looking out across Belfast Lough. Easy to reach decadent deck areas make outside living easy and for calming walks or summer fun, the beach is at the end of the garden.
Designed by the award-winning RPP Architects, the primary design consideration was to optimise views and natural light, and to bring as much of the outdoor space, indoors. The property also enjoys an attractive wooded backdrop and a sweeping driveway from the bottom of Glen Road to the pillared entrance with automated entrance gates.
The accommodation extends to 7,000 sq ft over three floors with stairs from a glazed reception hall leading to the upper ground floor and a lower ground floor.
A high-tech home, it boasts a geothermal underfloor central heating system, multi room music system, hotel grade wifi mesh system, programmable dimming light system which also extends outside, CCTV security and a standby power generating set.
On the upper ground floor, there is an impressive 880 sq ft living space with a feature double height ceiling/gallery, and floor to ceiling glazing overlooking the mature gardens, woodland, pond, and Belfast Lough. Providing the living and dining space and is beautifully finished with solid wooden flooring and a beautiful contemporary marble fireplace in the main living area. This space leads to a covered terrace with a cantilevered upper level creating an attractive design feature.
The vast, open-plan living room leads to a wonderful contemporary kitchen with fitted Bulthaup units and Gaggenau appliances. The units are topped with limestone and there is a large island with breakfast bar and inset stainless steel sink. Sliding doors open to a private terrace and an outdoor living room.
The study is accessed via a feature sliding frosted door and this room is brilliantly finished with a built-in bespoke solid wooden desk and shelving. Full length floor to ceiling windows overlook Belfast Lough.
A rear cloakroom and huge utility room are also directly accessed off the kitchen. The utility room is virtually a second kitchen it is similarly fitted with Bulthaup and limestone work surfaces, a four ring Gaggenau induction hob with double oven, integrated Gaggenau deep fat fryer and an American style fridge freezer. There is also a laundry room and an attractive drawing room on the southern side of the house.
On the lower ground floor, there is a three car integral garage and spacious games room which could be readily adapted for use as a fifth bedroom or guest suite if required.
Upstairs, there is elevator access and an impressive gallery landing overlooking the magnificent living/dining area.
There are four bedrooms, all with private en suite bathrooms and full length windows looking out over the sea. Two of the bedrooms have built in wardrobes and bedroom four also has a dressing room.
The master is particularly opulent with with a modern gas fire and a sliding door opening to a private terrace. The luxurious en suite features twin inset wash hand basins and a double walk in shower plus an indulgent sunken bath set in front of a floor to ceiling window. The dressing room is fitted with full length wardrobes with sliding hardwood and frost glass doors.
Whilst the emphasis has been on design throughout the house, this has also carried through to the exterior finishes and layout. The external finishes are a mix of zinc, treated hardwood, glass and granite and blend into the contrasting foliage and woodland, combing to create a home of exceptional quality and style. There are secluded patio areas carefully positioned to maximise the views and sunlight at different times of the day.
There is a generous forecourt area to the front of the property with parking. The unique outdoor living room is a luxury addition with feature hardwood panel walls, wood strip flooring, feature wall lighting and glazed walls with sliding doors opening to a terrace. There is also a gardener’s WC and a store/plant room, plus a tripe garage with remote doors.
Contact: Simon Brien Residential