Karibu Sana means ‘Welcome’ in Swahili and, while there’s no obvious connection between Co Dublin and the Great Lakes region of Africa, there’s certainly a warm and welcoming feel to the house that bears this name, located in the upmarket Broomfield area of Malahide.
The owners – he’s American, she’s Irish – bought it just over a year ago, in July 2017, intending it to be their Irish base when they are home on holiday. According to the Property Price Register, the purchase price was €1.64m. Now, however, having embarked upon a comprehensive redecoration and upgrading of the property – including new plumbing and improved insulation – they have realised the house and gardens are too big for their needs, and plan to downsize to a smaller property in the area, with views of the sea.
The location is ideal for families – literally just beside Pobalscoil Iosa secondary school, across the road from the village playing fields, and within walking distance of the busy village and the Dart station. This is a quiet development, and the owners have secured planning permission to replace the existing manual gates with electric ones for added security. To the front of the house there is parking for several cars, as well as a double garage.
Karibu Sana is immaculate, in perhaps the way a house can only be when it is not a permanent, full-time home and doesn’t have to cope with the accumulation of ‘stuff’ that encroaches on most family homes.
The house is so perfect, in fact, that unless prospective purchasers happen not to like the vendors’ choice of paint colours and wallpapers, they will be able to move straight in, unpack their suitcases and get on with the business of enjoying life. In total, there is 3,731 sq ft of living space.
The split-level reception hall is tiled in Baldocer Spanish marble, and there is a handy guest wc and cloakroom off this. To the right is the triple-aspect drawing room, with a bay window to the front and double French doors opening out onto the rear garden. A remote-controlled gas fire is fitted in the fireplace.
Across from the front door is a cosy sitting/television room, with a picture window looking out over the back garden, while the formal dining room is to the left of the entrance hall and has a bay window and patio doors out to the side garden. Next door is a study that also looks out over the garden.
To the rear is the kitchen, fitted with high gloss units from Nolan Kitchens and black pearl granite work surfaces. A full range of integrated appliances – ceramic hob, double oven and wine cooler – is included, and there’s a new gas stove. There is planning permission to remove the corner walls and replace them with floor to ceiling glass windows and doors to give better views over the garden and bring more light into the kitchen. The kitchen opens out onto an Irish Conservatories sunroom in cedarwood, with an antique oak floor and has new canvas ceiling blinds and double doors to the south-facing patio.
Adjacent to the kitchen is a utility room, with fitted cupboards and storage units, and a door out to the garden to make the most of good drying weather.
Upstairs, the house used to have five bedrooms, but the current owners wanted a guest bedroom with an en suite, so there are now four double bedrooms.
The guest suite is to the front of the house and has sliding mirrored wardrobes, as well as a new en suite with Grohe shower fittings.
The main bedroom suite spans the depth of the house, with the bedroom to the front and a large en suite bathroom, with both bath and shower, and walk-in dressing room to the rear. This has sliding mirrored wardrobes and a built-in dressing table. The other two bedrooms, both doubles, and both fitted with sliding mirrored wardrobes, share a luxurious family bathroom.
Outside, there is just over an acre of garden that has been nicely landscaped. There’s plenty of room for goal posts and trampolines, and probably even a tennis court, should new owners be so inclined. An irrigation system ensures there is no excuse for neglecting the new planting.
Thanks to the work undertaken by the current owners, who have installed recessed energy efficient spotlights and upgraded the insulation, the house comes with an impressive BER of B3.
As well as the sports and educational facilities in the immediate vicinity, Karibu Sana lies close to the magnificent Malahide Demesne, historic seat of the Talbot family, and location of Malahide Castle, parts of which date back to the 12th century. The recreational facilities include everything from playing pitches to children’s playgrounds to a fairy trail and butterfly house. This weekend there are Halloween themed events, and preparations are underway for the arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus next month.
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