Property has become something of an obsession in Northern Ireland with sumptuous suburban semis favoured by families to architectural-pleasing, ultra-modern abodes near the coast ... it is all here.
Meanwhile, expect glamorous interiors with no scrimping. From bespoke kitchens to boutique-style bathrooms and |uber-luxurious living rooms, cavernous kitchens and even swimming pools. Here are some of the most beautiful.
Cherrydeane, Cultra, North Down
As well as an impressive home, expect incredible gardens with room for chickens and doves at this unusual Cultra address.
The family-sized semi-detached abode in Holywood also has a really private address with exceptional gardens that include Victorian berry trees and a Japanese flowerbed. There is also a pergola covered in Wisteria, Clematis and Honeysuckle and a paved circular barbecue area surrounded by a recently-planted woodland designed to be a ‘secret garden'.
Meanwhile a summer house with light and power, which gets the afternoon sun, makes this an idyllic spot to relax and retreat. With six-bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite, and beautiful reception rooms, this family home oozes elegance and style. There is a traditional feel here with high corniced ceilings, five original fireplaces and original sash windows.
A quick tour reveals a truly stunning residence with many opulent features as well as a fair dollop of modernity making this home fit for the 21st century.
Cherrydeane, 16 Circular Road West, Cultra. Tel: 028 9042 8888, price £895,000
The Boat, Customs House Square, Belfast
The sky really is the limit at The Boat, Belfast's multi-million pound skyscraper which offers luxury boltholes for high flyers. Rising majestically above the city skyline, expect panoramic views over the River Lagan from this 14-storey building. Residents lucky enough to live here can expect eight super stylish penthouses with some of the best views in Belfast and free car parking — and a cool car lift which is the only one of its kind in the province.
The award-winning superstructure, which was designed by Todd Architects in Belfast, also lifted the prestigious 2011 Mixed Use Building in the LEAF Awards which recognised global architectural excellence.
The tower incorporates luxury apartments above offices with a restaurant and bar space at ground and first-floor level. The ultra-modern riverside building provides a gateway to the city.
BTWCairns. Tel: 028 9066 8888/Templeton Robinson. Tel: 028 9066 3030, prices from £375,000
River’s Edge, 1 Victoria Lane, Holywood
Tucked away just off its own private lane is River's Edge. Designed by its owners this six-bedroom, five en suite pad has 7,000 sq ft of palatial living accommodation which includes a cavernous home cinema, stylish guest suite, gallery, wine store and a walled garden.
It's the ultra-modern, yet beautifully comfortable and practical spec here that really catches the eye. Every room here is good-sized — even the entrance hall with its wide oak plank flooring.
The first of many bathrooms is on this level, with full tiling, trendy fittings throughout and walk-in sensor lighting. The drawing room is currently a massive home cinema with vaulted ceiling, full surround sound and electric retractable screen with doors to the sun deck.
Next is the living/ dining/kitchen with gorgeous kitchen with polished granite worktop, white gloss cupboards, designer appliances, feature gas log remote controlled fire and an Italian porcelain tiled floor.
Expect boutique chic to the sleeping quarters with luxurious bedrooms en suite, and a four-car garage to the lower level.
Fetherston Clements. Tel: 028 9038 8333, price £1,250,000
Holestone Grange, Strand Road, Templepatrick
This plush palace with a picturesque Co Antrim country address is teeming with luxury trappings...everything from marble fireplaces to a hand-carved mahogany staircase and a swimming pool.
The magnificent detached residence off Strand Road in Parkgate has 8,000sq ft of spectacular living space, including an orangery and that swimming pool, which wouldn't look out of place in a posh country club.
With three reception rooms, four bedrooms, three of which are en suite and a separate annex with a double bedroom, en suite bathroom and living room.
The impressive rural residence is set in over eight acres of well-manicured gardens, positioned behind automated gates with a considerable amount of privacy while being convenient to the main arterial routes to Belfast and beyond.
This awesome abode, which was built in 2005 by the current owners, has been finished with fabulous features and quality craftsmanship.
BTWCairns. Tel: 028 9066 8888, price £1,250,000
The Masthead Apartment, Edgewater, Portstewart
This palatial penthouse in Portstewart is the ultimate getaway. It is the flagship property at O'Kane and Devine's exclusive Edgewater development.
Occupying one of the most enviable locations on the north coast and just one hour's travel time from anywhere in the province, Edgewater is the ideal spot for those who want a convenient escape from the hustle and bustle of life.
The south-facing Masthead penthouse is a truly sumptuous abode with a whopping 2,200 sq ft of living space spread over two floors, as well as 1,200 sq ft of roof terrace and balcony space.
The magnificent three-bedroom penthouse makes full use of the stunning panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Donegal Headlands, Strand Beach and Portstewart golf course, thanks to full-height feature windows.
Meanwhile, the large, bright open-plan kitchen, living and dining areas flow through to the most imposing seaward balcony, thus creating a luxurious living space which combines a sublime ambience inside with the wonderful coastal atmosphere and the sound of the crashing waves outside.
Philip Tweedie, Tel: 028 7083 5444, price on application
88b Portaferry Road, Newtownards
If you're looking for style on a grand scale, then could this be the home for you? The trendy coastal home, with its incredibly scenic setting on the Co Down shoreline, is really impressive both inside and out.
The four-bedroom abode is bristling with luxury trappings such as polished stone floors, marble worktops and that built-in cinema screen with surround sound.
This high spec haven has a catering-sized kitchen with a very fine finish and designer appliances, as well as a master bedroom suite with a dressing room and en suite bathroom.
There is a West Coast feel, with no scrimping on fabulous finishes and stunning accessories. It's a practical home too, with clever use of space, and would work very well for families looking for a lifestyle change without sacrificing home comforts.
The cavernous accommodation is chic throughout, with a boxfresh feel to every well-appointed room.
And then there are those breathtaking views from the family room, kitchen, dining room, drawing room, master bedroom and the first-floor bedrooms. Just gorgeous! A cursory walk through reveals touches of traditional grandeur to the decor too, such as wall-lights and droplet chandeliers to the kitchen as well as candelabras to the dining room.
BTW Cairns. Tel: 028 9066 8888, £795,000
Cultra House, Cultra Park, North Down
Cultra has long been one of Northern Ireland's most sought-after addresses, and this beautiful property does not disappoint.
The grand gentleman's residence has seven-bedrooms with a well-tended and mature gardens with private tennis courts, and is just minutes from the shores of Belfast Lough.
The stunning 7,000 sq ft home, meanwhile, has impressive accommodation including a magnificent drawing room, a |ballroom and an orangery, with those bedrooms - three of which are en suite — two further family bathrooms, a gym, children's room, luggage room and a first-floor terrace which is perfect for parties and catches the afternoon and evening sun.
There are also rather fabulous interiors here such as marble tiled floors and original restored features, a hand-crafted wooden kitchen with solid stone worktops and built-in appliances by Sub Zero and Wolf, a solid wooden double glazed orangery, a ballroom with solid wooden floors, bathrooms with double sinks and an integral double garage with electric doors.
With those fantastic gardens and a host of entertaining terraces and patios, this home is a property gem.
BTWCairns. Tel: 028 9042 8989, price £1,895,000
16 Malone Park, Belfast
This gorgeous BT9 bolthole which dates back to 1870, mixes traditional and modern in seamless style. With its enviable Malone address, this bay-fronted mansion blends welcoming traditional style with more than a dollop of modernity.
The pristine gardens with potted shrubs to the front door reflect the status of this address, while being welcoming
The four-bedroom, three-reception room abode at one of the city's most sought-after addresses offers top notch family-sized accommodation.
Malone is one of Belfast's most coveted addresses due to its proximity to good schools, golf clubs and Belfast city centre as well as the trendy boutiques of the Lisburn Road. The famous road is also dominated by leafy, tree-lined avenues and cavernous houses that are considered uber-stylish.
And this Victorian semi is no exception with many original features such as parquet flooring and a two-storey coach house to the enclosed courtyard.
Of course the main residence is surrounded by well-tended and mature gardens in manicured lawns and hedges, with a south-facing sunken garden and trees.
Templeton Robinson. Tel: 028 9066 3030, price £895,000
Advernis, Fenaghy Road, Ballymena
This beautiful country house on the outskirts of Ballymena has luxury aplenty as well as 15-acres of land and a stable.
The 19th century manor is a grade B2 listed building with important historical links to the village of Cullybackey.
Now completely refurbished, the five bedroom, three reception room property has been finished out to a high degree with an elegant drawing room, sitting and dining rooms, a refitted kitchen, well-appointed shower room, a master bedroom with en suite, a new modern bathroom and a cavernous general purpose store as well as a garage, stable block and acres of rolling Co Antrim countryside surrounding it.
The building itself has recently had a makeover to bring the spec up to thoroughly modern standards, while preserving the character of the original home.
The gardens take up 1.69 acres with a further land holding around the property bringing the total up to around 15 acres.
A range of out buildings are included such as a garage, general stores, stable block and a 3,600 sq ft modern store,
Harry Clarke, Tel: 028 2564 8829, price £1,000,000