A fresh start in Stepaside
Belmont, Stepaside, Dublin 18 Asking price: €400.000-€470.000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (New Homes) (01) 6671888
When Belmont was first launched in the autumn of 2013, after the moribund Dublin property market reached its nadir, the scheme quickly became known for being one of the first new housing projects to be built in post-crash Ireland.
Indeed, by the end of 2014, Belmont was among the top four properties viewed online in Ireland - first place was claimed by the Malahide mansion once owned by Ronan Keating and his ex-wife Yvonne Connolly.
The first homes at the Stepaside development were sold off the plans, many to buyers on the selling agent's mailing lists who were keen to buy in a smart neighbourhood in South County Dublin.
The residential estate quickly proved to be extremely popular with house hunters and, since then, more than 130 properties have been sold at Belmont, including a second phase sold off the plans last summer.
This weekend, the agent and developer are opening a new show village to market the third phase at Belmont and showcase the variety of house types on offer. There will be 25 three and four-bed family homes available.
Belmont is being developed on the site of an old pitch and putt course on the edge of the late 18th century village of Stepaside, with the Dublin Mountains serving as the area's backdrop.
The traditional block-built properties are attracting buyers who are keen to live in a tranquil environment but need convenient transport links to quickly access the centre of Dublin, the agent says.
There are plans to add to the neighbourhood's green space by adding six acres of parkland throughout Belmont. Landscape architect Bernard Seymour is designing the park and intends to maximise views to the east and west of the area.
A tree-lined cycle path and footpath will form the spine of the park, with a plaza to the south being used as a multifunctional community space. Fitness and play areas will be tucked amongst the trees at the junction of smaller routes.
SDR Group is developing Belmont and has laid it out across a series of small private cul-de-sacs and small interlinking streets.
Each of these sections has a range of house styles. The newly established developer has sought to freshen up the latest tranche of homes going on the market at Belmont by changing some of the internal specifications and increasing the number of standard features to include all kitchen appliances and underfloor heating to ground floors.
Sizes at the three-storey four-beds will range from 1,431 sq ft to 1,614 sq ft, depending on the house type and layout chosen by the buyer.
These neo-Georgian style homes are available either as a semi-detached or detached unit and have granite detail over a panelled black front door. Prices for these homes start at €470,000.
Sizes at the three-beds begin at 1,076 sq ft and go up to 1,248 sq ft for the largest versions. These two-storey properties come in a terraced, semi-detached and detached style and are finished in monocouche with granite windowsills and surrounds.
Each house will be sold with fitted kitchens, appliances and Silestone countertops, as well as with wardrobes, extensive tiling to the bathrooms, ensuites, kitchens and entrance hall, and a fireplace with an insert electric fire.
The houses in Belmont are cheap to run as they have a building energy rating of A3.
They come with an external charging point for electric cars, an air-to-water heat pump, a 24 hour mechanical heat recovery ventilation system and future-proof uPVC windows with double glazing. Stepaside itself has grown exponentially since the early Noughties, and the expanding rate of young families setting up home in the area created enough demand to lead to the expansion of primary and secondary schools.
Buyers can shop and dine out at Belarmine Plaza, the on-site neighbourhood shopping centre, or at Dundrum Town Centre, which is a 10 minute drive away.
The Luas at Glencairn is about a 10 minute walk from Belmont and the M50 is a short drive away.
The new show village can be viewed tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm, or by appointment with selling agents.