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Property of the week - 138 Bangor Road, Holywood

by Stephanie Bell

Football legend George Best took inspiration from the unique architectural design of this posh pad in Holywood for the design of his home in Manchester.

The football legend was a frequent visitor to the house on the Bangor Road where he spent leisurely hours playing snooker in the games room.

The house also featured in the film on Best's life story.

Famous visitor aside, the distinctive design of what is a unique home has made it a landmark in its own right in the coastal Co Down town.

Built in 1971 by George McDermott, it was very much ahead of its time and 40 years on can still stand proudly among its contemporaries.

Its 7,000 sq ft offers a wealth of accommodation with many luxuries including an outdoor heated swimming pool and pool house.

There is also a self-contained apartment with private access, ideal as a home office or relative's accommodation.

The property is accessed via a sweeping driveway with private, mature gardens to the front and rear extending to around 1.5 acres.

Enjoying total privacy in the heart of sought after Cultra the house also has a first class location beside the main arterial routes to Belfast and close to many delightful shoreline walks along North Down's Gold Coast.

It's an excellent area for schools with Sullivan Upper Grammar just a few minutes' drive away and a nearby bus stop at Torgrange provides easy access to Strathearn, Campbell, Glenlola and Bangor Grammar schools.

Large picture windows which make the house distinctive from the outside frame equally spacious internal living spaces.

The house has a contemporary feel inside with four floors offering five reception rooms and six bedrooms.

There is a lower ground floor with a snooker room, boiler room, integral double garage and a self contained apartment with a bedroom, bathroom, living room and kitchen. The pool house which also has its own kitchen is on this floor.

On the ground floor is a breath-taking hallway with an expansive wall of glass and circular steps leading to an upper floor.

Also on this floor is a cloakroom with WC, fabulous living/kitchen/dining room, utility room and a formal dining room.

An upper ground floor level features a large drawing room, cloakroom and two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms.

Finally the first floor has another huge drawing room, a study, hobby room, and two bedrooms, both with en suite bathrooms including a magnificent master bedroom which also comes with a dressing room.

Integral to the design of this house is a fantastic sense of space and light.

The kitchen/living/dining room is a designer's dream with sleek cupboards in bright red and white with a working island unit housing a hob and sink.

A glass brick wall infused with splashes of colour makes a bold statement in the living room which has a feature stone wall with multi-fuel stove.

The master bedroom is an incredible 23ft x 17ft with floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous white ceiling beams which give it a real sense of drama.

The grounds have matured throughout the last 40 years enhancing the privacy of the site and the large pool area doubles as a luxurious entertainment area with its own private pool house and kitchen.

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