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Bright family home with designer edge … Stephanie Bell reports from 21 The Chase, Parkgate, Ballyclare

If ever a home was designed for 21st century family living then this has to be it.

Open, bright and spacious with plenty of interesting design features, it is a marvellous family home.

The house stands proud in a quiet cul de sac within the popular Parkgate Development from where it enjoys pleasant views over the surrounding countryside.

Inside, the split level layout adds a sense of individuality to the design and the heart of this property is an impressive open plan kitchen, living, dining area which opens onto a beautiful landscaped patio at the back and a sun terrace to the front.

There are four bedrooms, two with en suite and a large games area and garage on the ground floor.

The property was built just eight years ago and incorporates plenty of mod cons, including a Beam Vacuum System, under-floor heating and solar panels to provide hot water.

It is impressive from the outside with its glass first floor balcony and dramatic double height glazing at the side.

A large solid wooden door opens into a hallway where the main feature is a solid oak open tread bespoke staircase.

Just off the hallway is the first bedroom, finished with a wooden floor and en suite shower room.

There is a utility room here as well and access to the garage and a large games room.

Unusually you climb the stairs to access the main living areas.

On the landing a lovely glazed door opens into a magnificent kitchen/dining/living room which is as high as it is wide and long, with a dramatic vaulted ceiling.

A circular island and breakfast bar neatly defines the kitchen area which is fitted out with a mixture of high gloss white and contrasting oak units which are cleverly fitted flush into the wall.

Corian work surfaces add a rich finish and there is a six-ring gas hob, electric oven, combination microwave and oven with warming drawer, integrated fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Double glass doors, which open onto the garden, cast light across the kitchen work area.

At the opposite end of the room is a real designer space for lounging where natural light is plentiful thanks to glazed roof lights, double height windows flanking a huge chimney breast and a wall of glass opening onto a sun terrace.

The bedrooms have each been beautifully styled and finished. The first comes with a superb en suite and is fitted with wall-to-wall robes and finished with a wooden floor.

The adjoining shower room has a sleek vanity unit, bidet and walk-in shower cubicle with modern feature tiling.

The remaining two bedrooms are also finished with wooden floors.

The family bathroom has been kept stylish and contemporary with a free-standing roll-top bath on chunky feature chrome feet, pedestal wash hand basin and fully tiled shower cubicle.

Outside the main living area is a delightful back garden which is ideal for family summer dining and entertaining with a patio surrounded by well planted greenery.

The front of the house offers a huge driveway with parking again nicely softened with planting.

The development is well located a short drive from local shops, schools and the International Airport and just a 20 minute commute to Belfast City Centre.

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