Wednesday 28 September 2016

Going rural in Hollystown

Hollywoodrath, Hollystown, Dublin 15 Asking price: €285,000-€360,000 Agent: Knight Frank New Homes (01) 6342466 or McPeake Auctioneers (01) 8272300

Published 05/02/2016 | 02:30

Hollywood rath is being built around five acres of park land.
Hollywood rath is being built around five acres of park land.
The open-plan kitchen/living room

Hollywoodrath may sound like a rather exotic name for a development in suburban Ireland. But the name of the new scheme is inspired by both its location in the north Dublin townland of Hollystown and the rath, or mound, that's on the site.

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While Hollywoodrath is just 4km north of Blanchardstown, there is still a rural feel to the lanes that lead up to the development and its elegant stone entrance. Inside the development, which is across the road from Hollystown Golf Club, a tree-lined boulevard leads to the site of where the new homes are being built around a planned five-acre parkland.

Twenty of these large three and four-bed detached and semi-detached two-storey properties are being released for sale this weekend, with the selling agents opening the showhomes for the first time tomorrow. The 20 homes will be completed from April, with 10 more scheduled to be put on the market in the summer.

There will ultimately be 122 homes on site when the first phase is finished and there is enough space for 455 homes on the 67ac site.

However, Regency, the Dublin-based property firm developing the site with Avestus Capital Partners, says Hollywoodrath will not be a high-density scheme as there will be no duplexes or terraced properties and each house will have a larger-than-typical footprint.

Prices for the initial release start at €285,000 for the three-bed semi-detached homes, which measure 1,291 sq ft.

Prices for the four-bed, 1,528 sq ft semi-detached units range from €330,000 to €345,000, while the detached versions, which have a floor space of 1,688 sq ft, cost from €360,000. The five-beds will be available further into the construction programme.

The Hollywoodrath houses were designed to become lifelong homes, rather than a first step on the property ladder, because they have large versatile kitchen and living layouts. The three-bed house types all have readily-convertible attic space that can be used as an extra bedroom, a home office, a teenage den or a playroom, while the four-beds have under-stairs storage.

Six different house types are available in the first tranche at Hollywoodrath. These include properties with glazed side panels either side of the double French patio doors, filling the kitchen areas with extra light. The ground floor ceilings are almost nine feet high, adding to the sense of brightness and spaciousness.

Each house type has its own design of kitchen and island unit, all supplied by Kitchen Elegance. The sleek appliances are included if contracts are signed within 21 days.

The A1 type four-bed semi-detached units have a kitchen/dining room is so big there is space for a six-seater dining area in one corner and a long sofa in another.

It also has a utility room that can be accessed both from the kitchen area and a separate doorway to the side passage. The living room is connected to the kitchen/dining space by double glass doors, creating one seamless area so parents with young children can keep one eye on them from the kitchen - or throw one very large party.

The staircase has an elegant turn that leads to the landing and the four bedrooms and family bathroom. The master bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe as well as an ensuite.

The exteriors are finished with brick and render, with granite detailing on the window sills and surrounds, a pitched roof, a pastel green door with a glass side-panel. Outside, there is a cobble-lock driveway with space for two vehicles and low-maintenance shrubbery with a private fenced garden out the bank.

Each new home at Hollywoodrath comes with an A3 rating, making them efficient to heat and run. There are PV solar panels on the roof to generate electricity, which is, in turn, streamed with the incoming ESB supply to reduce the homeowner's demand from the grid.

Hollywoodrath, which is within walking distance to Tyrrelstown, is just 3km from the M2 and N3, which in turn provide access to the M50 and national road network. Dublin Airport is just 11km to the east and the centre of Dublin is 12km away. The area is served by Dublin Bus routes and there is a slew of primary and secondary schools nearby.

Viewings will be held between 12pm-3pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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