Gated Bray estate is music to buyers' ears
Prospective buyers at this new development of six four-bed semi-detached homes on Bray's Killarney Road will be truly wired for sound - all of the homes on the tree-lined road have a built-in central music system so residents can play any music or film in any of eight rooms.
Music is delivered to each room through powerful but quiet and energy efficient amplifiers stored discreetly in an under-stairs cabinet and can be controlled through LCD touch panels.
The system from Sound Innovations, which costs €4,799 (including installation and one year's maintenance) can be experienced first-hand in the Heatherton show house.
Other smart technology extras include a Sound Innovations heating system that can be controlled remotely and even provide heat when it senses a room is being occupied.
Built by Heatherbrook Homes, these six three-storey properties will measure 1,850 sq ft and cost from €495,000. The first four properties are expected to be completed early next year.
Heatherton is located behind private gates flanked by a hand-cut stone entrance. A tree-lined pebbled avenue past the gates leads up to the houses, which have antique-style red-brick façades, granite windowsills and are set amidst landscaped grounds with box hedge borders and extensive planting.
Pebbled private drives provide parking and there are feature side gates to rear gardens, where a generous patio area overlooks a lawn complete with garden shed.
The dwellings, designed by Bray-based Fox Associates Architects, have triple-glazed windows by Munster Joinery.
A stunning large kitchen, dining and family living area provides the hub for family life and opens to a large patio and links, by sliding double doors, to an elegant front lounge so all the main living areas, including the garden, link together in a large flowing and flexible design.
The contemporary solid-wood painted kitchens with quartz worktops from McAuley Kitchens come with integrated NEFF appliances and extensive storage, and are complemented by galley-style utility with back-door access. Sliding double doors lead to the lounge, where there is a sealed wood-burning stove.
The large downstairs WC has enough space for additional storage and has the same brand of Italian rectified porcelain wall and floor tiles as the kitchen/family room, utility, two bathrooms and ensuite.
There is a painted finish to the walls and ceilings, to the wood balustrade with timber-finished handrail, and to the American-style window treatments in the living space and bedrooms. Upstairs, there are built-in wardrobes in each of the four bedrooms.
The master bedroom is ensuite and there are two other large double bedrooms and a single bedroom that overlooks the drive to the front. A large entertainment room occupies the entire second floor.
The homes at Heatherton have achieved A2 and A3 energy ratings due to a combination of air-tightness, triple glazing and extra high levels of insulation. A highly efficient GlenDimplex heat pump delivers extensive underfloor heating on the ground floor and first floor, with a radiator in the entertainment room on the top floor. Each room is time and temperature controlled.
Heatherton is close to the centre of Bray. Commuters can use regular bus routes, the Dart station or and the N11/M11 to reach Dublin's southside, the centre of the capital and the M50.
Show-house viewing is between 12pm-1pm tomorrow.
For more details, visit heatherbrookhomes.ie.
Heatherton, Bray, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €495,000
Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402