Thursday 27 October 2016

Heathfield rebate sweetener

Heathfield, Dublin 11; Asking price: €235,000-€245,000; Agent: Kelly Walsh (01) 6645500 or Galvin Property (01) 4964612

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

The open-plan kitchen and dining area of a house in Heathfield.
The open-plan kitchen and dining area of a house in Heathfield.

The new family homes at Heathfield are somewhat of a rarity in a Dublin property market dominated by high prices and strict mortgage lending restrictions.

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Not only do they come with an affordable price tag of €235,000, but prospective buyers will receive a sweetener in the form of a €7,500 rebate under a new Government scheme.

Developer Coshon Group finished off the Heathfield scheme started in 2008 by Manor Park Homes, which collapsed during the property market crash, and sold them throughout 2014 and 2015.

It is now launching 22 new homes being built on a greenfield site near the original development, with the show houses going on view this weekend.

Under the Development Contribution Rebate Scheme, unveiled by the Government in November to stimulate the building of competitively-priced new homes in Dublin and Cork amid a housing crisis in the two cities, Coshon is passing on its rebate entitlement to would-be buyers at Heathfield.

The scheme came into effect on January 1 and runs until the end of 2017.

The latest additions to Heathfield, located opposite the Cappagh Hospital in Finglas, come in three styles, all of which are three-beds with paved driveways to the front.

The first is a 1,200 sq ft townhouse costing €235,000, though only four of these types will be available in the launch. The semi-detached version, of which there are 12, has the same amount of internal space, as well as a rear garden and side access, and is priced at €240,000.

The remaining six homes are 1,180 sq ft double-fronted corner properties with large back gardens and cost €245,000.

This house type has a unique configuration, with the main door access to the side rather than the front and three aspects that flood the living spaces with natural light.

There is a variety of front elevations, incorporating a mix of brickwork and colour plaster finishes, and uPVC double-glazed windows.

The cobble-lock driveways have enough parking space for two vehicles, a feature not always available in new homes schemes.

Inside, the homes are painted throughout and come with a high-quality fire surround, colonial-style four-panel doors with brushed stainless steel handles, and floor-to-ceiling fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms. Each bathroom has contemporary white sanitary ware, a pumped shower with glass and chrome-finished shower door, and extensive wall tiling.

The living space in the fully integrated kitchen extends through a patio door to the private rear gardens, which have paving slabs and seeded lawns.

There are three bedrooms on the first floor, including a master bedroom with large ensuite and ample storage.

The properties have an energy rating of A3, mostly because PV solar panels at roof level reduce energy bills by helping to heat the water. Heating is provided by an energy efficient condensing gas boiler.

The latest homes at Heathfield fit alongside an established development that has mature landscaping and large communal spaces.

It is 1km away from Finglas Village, where there is a range of schools, shops and other amenities. Charlestown Shopping Centre, which has a new Odeon Cinema, is less than 2km away, while The Blanchardstown Centre is 5km away and Dublin City University is a 15-minute drive.

Commuters can avail of a bus stop located directly outside Heathfield that is served by routes to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Finglas Village and the centre of Dublin. Motorists can access the M50 motorway from Junction 5.

The new show homes at Heathfield are available for viewing between 12pm and 2pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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