The Arts, Culture and Community You Can Enjoy When You Buy a New Home at SeaGreen Gate in Greystones

Situated in a  perfect location, the seaside town of Greystones offers so many ways to enjoy an  active lifestyle, but it also offers an array of cultural pastimes that will keep you and your family entertained and enlightened. Here are just a few of the many ways in which homeowners at the new development of beautiful houses at SeaGreen Gate can pursue their artistic interests.

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Get Inspired

Steeped in an artistic and literary tradition, Greystones has always provided more than its fair share of creative people, and been called home by many others, influenced no doubt by the surrounding landscape and the thriving cultural scene.

Samuel Beckett spent his childhood summers at the harbour, while JM Synge spent his at Rathdown House, JP Donleavy, author of The Ginger Man, lived on the seafront, while Richard Condon (author of The Manchurian Candidate), historical fiction author Robert Elegant and Irish Fairy Stories author Sinead de Valera all lived at The Burnaby at one stage. Dutch cartoon strip author Marten Toonder, who created the Oliver B Bumble series, also lived in Greystones for much of his life.

That literary tradition is alive and well today. Ross O’Carroll-Kelly biographer Paul Howard once lived in Greystones, while The Killing Snows author Charles Egan, and popular fiction authors Amy Lynch, KA Finn, JJ Toner and Ruth Fitzmaurice all call the town home.

It’s not just authors who get their inspiration from the town. Well-known musicians and actors are also commonplace. Ronnie Drew of the Dubliners lived here, and both Damien Rice and Hozier are residents, while Father Ted actor Frank Kelly and wildlife film maker Eamon de Buitlear lived here too. Saoirse Ronan is the latest artistic icon to move to the town.

With such an artistic heritage, and such a beautiful setting, it’s no wonder that Greystones has been hailed as the  self-publishing capital of Ireland.

Have a Whale of a Time

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Picture via The Whale Theatre

Just a short walk away from the appropriately named  Yeats, the  Beckett and the  Wilde four-bedroom houses at SeaGreen Gate, the  Whale Theatre is a recently refurbished, intimate 130-seat theatre with a unique atmosphere. Its aim is to foster culture, creativity and community, and is the home of the Greystones Players, a non-profit community drama group that aims to bring people from the Greystones area together to work in collaboration to make great theatre and to enrich the culture of the town.

Producing and hosting plays, cabaret, comedy, concerts, dance classes and performance art, The Whale offers great artistic events for the entire family, while it also hosts Greystones Film Club screenings, with membership free to everybody.

Hit the Hot Spot

Above the Beach House in Greystones harbour you will find the  Hot Spot Music Club, a centre for music and live arts. Crossing all musical divides from swing to trad to flamenco, the venue provides a stage for singer-songwriters, musicians, comedians and poets to showcase their talents.

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Picture via The Hot Spot

Regularly hosting the likes of Tir Na Nog, Dermot Byrne, Leo O’Kelly, Nigel Mooney, Mick Hanly, Amelia Curran and Honor Heffernan, the club has also seen the aforementioned Hozier (pictured) take to the stage. It is also home to the Universal Funk Orchestra, whose covers gigs are always a hit, while the Ukulele Pluckers group meet on weekends for a weekly jam at which all comers are welcome.

As a family-run, friendly and relaxed venue, it’s a great place to mingle with the community, take part in a workshop, discover the next big thing, or even show off your own artistic talents.

Enjoy the Art of the Community

The harbour and  beaches in Greystones offer a multitude of  water-based activities, but for those with a more cultural leaning, there is plenty to enjoy on dry land.

The Greystones Art and Photography Exhibition  (GRAPE) at the harbour showcases local artists, photographers, arts and crafts and artisans, offering you a wide range of styles to browse as you enjoy  a perfect summer day.

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Also to be found at the harbour is the  Boat Yard Gallery, a collection of paintings, design, crafts, ceramics, textiles, photography and jewellery. With a relaxed atmosphere, you can browse at leisure to find the perfect item to enhance your spacious living area, your  kitchen, your  bathrooms or your  bedrooms at SeaGreen Gate, or get inspired to create your own work of art.

On a larger scale, the  Greystones Art Group, established in 1965, aims to encourage amateur artists from the community. It works to advance the artistic knowledge and skills of its members through lectures and demonstrations, and facilitates an annual exhibition of paintings and other artworks.

They provide monthly outdoor painting sessions in different venues each time, as well as monthly demonstrations, so members can hone their skills and learn from experienced artists. The group will also play a part in Culture Night 2018 in September, having previously produced a mural as a result of a public paint-in, which was displayed at the Meridian Centre, and a series of mysterious figures and faces that were placed high in the trees along Church Road to create a spectacular view.

Studio artist Tom Byrne’s  Greystones Art Gallery is also a great place to view an artist at work, and to browse the many fine pieces he has created. He welcomes the community to drop in and watch as he works on a seascape or portrait, in order to gain your own inspiration, and his paintings have been bought by the likes of Gerald Kean, Bono and Louis Walsh.

Read Up

Given the literary heritage associated with Greystones, it is no surprise to learn that the community also fosters a great interest in literature and history. The library in the centre of the town offers the usual depository of reading material, but it also hosts the many flourishing book clubs that encourage locals to comment on copy and chat about chapters in a friendly and inspiring setting.

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Of great renown, the  Greystones Archaeological and Historical Society is a very active group that promotes interest in and awareness of the historical and archaeological heritage of Greystones and the surrounding area. As well as monthly talks and lectures, the society also offers one-day and three-day trips to areas of historical interest, and publishes a journal that collects together articles of interest, often based on talks presented to meetings of the group.

Established in 1988, the society is constantly growing and is always looking for new members, so if you like the idea of finding out about the rich history of Greystones while meeting new friends and becoming a part of the community, this is the place to be.

As you can see from the above, while Greystones may be known as  a culinary hotspot that provides a host of great eateries, the many cultural offerings here can also give you plenty to feed your mind, and it is all within a few minutes of the beautiful  new houses at SeaGreen Gate. Homeowners at this new development can not just avail of the many activities that invigorate the body, they can also get inspiration to invigorate the mind while enjoying all this idyllic, culture-filled community has to offer.

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Presenting the Jewel in the Crown of the Beautiful New Homes at SeaGreen Gate in Greystones

When it comes to finding the perfect home in  the perfect location, homeowners look for a house that combines comfort with convenience and spacious living with style, but they also want that something extra to really make their home stand out. At SeaGreen Gate in Greystones, that is what we provide with our  beautifully designed new homes, and the top floor room in these four-bedroom houses is the jewel in the crown of these stunning new builds.

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Every room in these new houses is designed for the maximum level of comfort and family-friendly living, from the sleek and spacious  kitchen and dining areas that lead out to the back garden patio, to the living room that offers large bay windows to enjoy the great views outside, to the luxurious bathrooms and ample bedrooms to suit all family members.

It is on the top floor, however, where we now showcase the huge amount of thought and effort that goes into the design of every room in every SeaGreen house.

In designing this majestic living space, interior designer Eily Roe aimed to create a room that was entirely different from the rest of the house. While the ground floor living areas provide the space and features that enable families to spend time together, to entertain, pursue their own  interests and activities, or to plan the  perfect summer day in Greystones featuring the  sun, sea and sand Greystones is famous for, on the top floor Eily focused on creating a subtle and quiet area that offers an oasis of calm and comfort. It has all the furnishings and features you would expect, and a few more innovative and luxurious features you might not.

Watch the video below to hear Eily Roe talk about this stunning living space.

The room is perfectly suited to be used as a master bedroom, with a large double bed and a generous wardrobe that provides ample storage space without taking over the living area, so it can be used for a multitude of purposes – not just for storing clothes.

The sleek and subtle design of the room means that there is a large amount of space in which to walk around, stretch out and relax, or arrange your favourite furniture to truly make the space your own.

The  team at SeaGreen design and build these houses in such a way that the families who own them can put their own individual stamp on the layout, and this room can also be used as a living space in which to relax, to practice yoga, meditation, or to exercise, as a reading room, or as the best home office you will ever find – it is really up to the homeowner.

The en suite in this room, as in the en suite bedroom on the second floor, features a standalone shower with a Velux roof light above it, so you can stand in the shower and look up at the stars, or the sun, above you, which we feel is a great feature that makes this room stand out.

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The show home also includes an illuminated mirror with Bluetooth speakers above the basin, offering an example of the kind of modern living options you can enjoy at SeaGreen Gate, and providing homeowners with another feature that makes this room such a pleasure to spend time in.

Perhaps the most innovative feature of this room, though, is the unique Velux balcony window. As the four-bedroom  Wilde, the  Yeats and the  Beckett houses are ideally situated on an elevated site overlooking Greystones, when you open out this balcony window (as Ken the carpenter demonstrates  here), you get a really great 180 degree view of the surrounding area.

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By expanding this window and stepping out into the fresh air, you can enjoy the great scenery – of the town and sea beyond, of the  hills that come alive with colour in the summer, or of the mountains and stunning cliff walk – depending on your house location.

This feature really helps homebuyers to make so much more of this space and enjoy that penthouse feel in your family home.

If you want to find out more about these beautiful new homes at SeaGreen Gate in Greystones, to stay up to date with the progress of this stunning development, or to register your interest in a new home at SeaGreen, you can do so below.