Country life in the city
Hazelbrook, Malahide, Co Dublin Asking price: €550,000-€729,000 Agent: Knight Frank (01) 6342466 and Property Team Noel Kelly (01) 8462752
There's a touch of the rural idyll about Kinsealy Lane in north county Dublin. It's only 12km from the centre of the city and a 30-minute walk from the upmarket coastal village of Malahide, yet the lane retains a sense of country life.
It is on Kinsealy Lane that Carroll Estates recently developed Castleway, a high-end scheme of four-bed, two-storey detached family homes. This weekend, the company's latest venture on Kinsealy Lane, a scheme called Hazelbrook, is being unveiled for the first time.
Hazelbrook will ultimately comprise 40 four-bed detached and semi-detached family homes, but just 10 homes are being released in the first phase. Six of these are semi-detached dwellings with 1,608 sq ft of living space and are priced from €550,000. The other four are detached houses that extend over 1,814 sq ft and cost from €729,000.
The detached dwellings at Hazelbrook have a double-fronted exterior finished in red multi-stock brick and monocouche self-coloured render, with Tegral slates on the roofs. The front door and window surrounds are in a fashionable slate grey. The houses have a timber frame structure and the external double-glazed sealed windows, specially commissioned from Munster Joinery, will be EcoTherm aluminium or uPVC Passive.
On entering the detached house type, there is a home office to the left of the front hallway that could also be used as a playroom. To the right is a living room with double doors that link it with the dining room at the rear of the house.
Another door from the dining room leads to the kitchen and breakfast area, all of which gives a nice flow to the downstairs rooms.
There are also two sets of patio doors that open onto the back garden, with one set at the end of the dining room and one leading from the kitchen.
The rest of the accommodation on this level includes a utility room off the kitchen and a guest WC. Upstairs are four good-sized bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and a family bathroom. The wardrobes are custom fit to each bedroom and allow for a mix of hanging and shelf space. The ground floor of the semi-detached house type has a large living room with double doors opening up to an extensive kitchen/dining/family room.
At both house styles, the European-style kitchens are from McNally Living and feature fully fitted custom-built units and work tops, integrated doors for appliances, and built-in LED strip lights.
Other internal features include hardwood doors, deep moulded skirting and architraves, coving to the downstairs reception rooms, pendant light fittings, and brushed chrome switches and sockets.
Outside, there is a front boundary wall finished in the same red multi-stock brick as the facade.
Prospective buyers at Hazelbrook will benefit from reducing running costs as the homes have an A building energy rating, thanks - in part - to the high-efficiency gas-fired condensing boiler central heating system.
The development is convenient to Malahide Castle and its 260 acres of parklands and gardens. The castle is one of the country's oldest, with parts dating back to the 12th century. For almost 800 years, it was in the hands of the Talbot family.
In 1975, Rose Talbot, then one of the last surviving members of the family, sold the castle and demesne to the Irish state. These days, there is a modern visitor centre in the castle's courtyard.
Kinsealy Lane is within walking distance of Malahide village, a serial winner in the Tidy Towns competition, and is 2.4 km from the marina. Portmarnock is 5km away, while Dublin Airport is 7.7 km.
The city centre can be reached from the Dart station at Malahide, by one of the four Dublin Bus routes serving the village, or via the motorway.
The show homes for Hazelbrook will open for the first time tomorrow, between 2pm and 4pm, and viewing continues on Sunday.