Belfast Telegraph

Monday 28 July 2014

House with the 'wow' factor

A stunning coastal property in Cultra proved a hit when it scooped a prestigious national award recently. Now the New England-style residence is one of the most desirable in Britain. Helen Carson reports

The word 'exceptional' has never been more fitting than when used to describe this 5,000 sq ft architect-designed property in Craigavad.

The Gold Coast of North Down has more than its fair share of beautiful, palatial houses, but this five-bedroom home at Station Road really does stand out from the crowd.

And this was recognised by the judges at the recent Daily Mail UK Property Awards when they chose this gorgeous home as the winner of its highly-sought after UK Residential Architecture Award category.

The property's loughshore location, a recessed seafront balcony and boathouse to the rear among many other features confirm its status as something of a rarity in the UK, let alone the province.

Recently sold by estate agents Templeton Robinson with an asking price of £2m, the beachside bolthole was designed by architect Des Ewing and developed by property company Alburn.

"This accolade comes as no surprise," said Michael Young, partner in Templeton Robinson's Holywood office who handled the recent house sale.

"Houses like this one don't come along very often and we were delighted that the local expertise and initiative, which was seized by Alburn developments in crafting such a luxury dwelling, was recognised at a national level," added Michael.

"Winning such an award also reflects growing confidence in Northern Ireland's position as a key contributor to the UK property market."

And Michael points out, unsurprisingly, there was a great deal of interest from potential buyers when it was marketed for sale. He said: "The shorefront was a big attraction and the design which maximises all aspects of the view and position is premium."

Set on a one-acre site in private grounds, the award-winning home derives much of its inspiration from New England/Hampshire beach houses in the USA.

Key features include that recessed balcony into the building and a garage/boathouse at the rear - making it one for the yachties.

Architect Des Ewing said his team was delighted to received such a prestigious award.

He said: "The design, materials and finish naturally complement the property's setting in a beach environment."

Other high spec features include zoned underfloor heating, cutting edge electronic gadgets for TV, security and lighting, a minstrel gallery, two large reception rooms with fireplaces piped for gas fires, a beamed vaulted ceiling, main bathroom and en suites to two bedrooms as well as low voltage recessed lights.

The kitchen has a flue for an Aga and is plumbed for a kitchen island while the finished design is down to the owner's personal choice.

And a mix of double-glazed double doors allow uninterrupted views of the spectacular scenic surroundings, including those fantastic views of Belfast Lough.

Meanwhile, outside are granite paviors, landscaped gardens, a spacious garage and plenty of room to park.

A truly impressive property with the 'wow' factor.

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