Eyes on the prize in Marina Village
Marina Village Greystones, Co Wicklow
The country's lighthouses have been run automatically since 1997 after the advent of satellite navigation and other technology put paid to the necessity of manning these iconic structures.
But the lyrical-sounding locations where lightkeepers kept silent watch, from Tuskar Rock to the Baily in Howth, have been honoured in the names of the house types at Marina Village Greystones, where a new harbour and marina were built through a public-private partnership between Wicklow County Council and developers.
House-hunters keen for their own taste of waterside life can check out the second phase of the residential element of Marina Village Greystones, which in November won the community benefit prize at the 2016 Irish Independent Property Industry Excellence Awards for Bridgedale Homes, which delivered the housing. It was part of a project that saw the country's largest marine works since the construction of Dun Laoghaire pier in the Victorian era.
The latest release of 29 homes is bound to attract more than its fair share of interest - some 3,500 people (including plenty of sightseers) came to view Marina Village Greystones during the initial launch at the end of August and 46 homes have been sold there. The new residential development, nestled on an inlet south of Bray Head, will eventually have 358 architect-designed homes. There will be 158 detached, semi-detached, terraced and end-of-terrace houses, as well as 200 one, two and three-bed apartments. Sherry FitzGerald is currently operating a waiting list for prospective buyers for the apartments, which will be built later this year above retail facilities due for construction on the marina.
The second release at the scheme has seven properties from the Tuskar house type, which are four/five-bed semi-detached homes with 2,314 sq ft of space laid out over three floors and are priced from €740,000.
Six from the Oyster style, which is a four-bed that comes as a semi-detached, end-of-terrace or mid-terrace unit, measure 1,647 sq ft and cost from €540,000.
There are 16 homes from the Baily design, namely a four-bed in a variety of styles priced from €495,000 and just one from the Fanore style, a three-bed that extends over 1,496 sq ft and costs from €560,000. Starting prices for all these house styles have increased since the first phase.
Prospective residents of the A-rated homes can avail of transport links at Greystones that include the M50 and the Dart.
Viewings of the showhomes at Marina Village Greystones will be held tomorrow and Sunday from 12pm-3pm.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888.