Delgany hits 'em for six
Thorndale, Delgany, Co Wicklow Asking price: €395,000-€580,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (New Homes) (01) 6671888
Delgany, an affluent and picturesque village in north Wicklow, is the Holy Grail for homebuyers who want to live far from the madding crowds of Dublin yet remain within easy reach of the city.
The historic village in the Garden of Ireland has the Wicklow Mountains as its backdrop, with the sea off the upmarket town of Greystones just 2.5km away.
It is in Delgany that Kingscroft Developments has launched Thorndale, a series of 43 three, four and five-bed homes. Kingscroft specialises in building residential estates in areas with good transport links to major cities and towns in the greater Dublin area, along the east coast and in the commuter counties of Kildare, Meath, Laois and Wicklow.
Its latest scheme is made up of traditionally-built homes with private driveways and large back gardens. Nearly all the properties in the first phase of the development, which was designed with families in mind, have either south-facing or west-facing rear gardens and overlook an open green. The homes are expected to be completed between August and September 2016.
There will be six house types available in total. The exteriors are a mix of selected brick and render finishes, with low-maintenance uPVC window frames, gutters and soffits.
House type A is a detached five-bed that costs from €580,000 and has 1,971 sq ft of accommodation laid out over three floors. This style has a full-brick façade, a slate canopy over the front door and a pitched roof. Inside, to the front of the residence, there is a living room with double doors that open on to the dining area. This space has a further set of double doors that lead out to the patio. The kitchen and separate utility room are off the dining area.
There is also a guest WC and a storage area on the ground floor. Meanwhile, the first floor is home to four double bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, and a family bathroom. A master bedroom with a walk-in wardrobe occupies the second floor under a slanted roof with skylights.
House type B1 is a four-bed semi-detached unit that is also spread out over three floors, and has 1,464 sq ft of living space. House type C is a four-bed semi-detached home, too. While it is slightly larger, at 1,543 sq ft, it has just two storeys and costs from €465,000. The three-bed semi is also a two-storey home, measuring 1,210 sq ft and priced from €395,000.
The Thorndale properties have been fitted with kitchen units that come with quartz worktops. The bathrooms, WCs and ensuites have quality sanitary ware. Would-be buyers at the development would benefit from lower utility bills if they are moving from an older house or apartment: each of the Thorndale homes has an A3 BER. A high-efficiency gas condensing boiler provides central heating to three separate zones, thereby giving residents greater control over their energy consumption.
The energy efficiency theme continues on the roof, where there are PV solar panels that harness the sun's free energy to heat domestic water. The windows are uPVC and are fitted with argon-filled glass, which improves air tightness and reduces heat loss.
Thorndale is on the outskirts of Delgany Village, which has a range of primary and secondary schools and sporting amenities such as golf courses and tennis courts. Commuters to Dublin City Centre have quick access to the N11 motorway and to Greystones, which has a Dart station.
Viewings at Thorndale will take place tomorrow and Sunday, from 2pm to 5pm.