Saturday 22 October 2016

New phase of spacious five beds on Howth hill

Thormanby Hill development boasts high-end finishes and a €40,000 spend on the garden. Liadan Hynes pays a visit

Published 22/02/2016 | 23:17

Thormanby Hill development
Thormanby Hill development

'I haven't been off the peninsula in six months," a Howth native once told me. It's an extreme attitude, but one that most Howth residents could probably identify with to some extent. Howth combines everything that a good northside Dublin suburb might offer. Proximity to the sea, stunning cliff walks, beaches, good restaurants, lots of bars, golfing, sailing, a bustling village. Visually more striking than Clontarf, it has better city centre proximity than Portmarnock and Malahide. And it is well serviced by public transport, with both buses and the Dart.

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Thormanby Hill, a low-density development of detached five-bed homes on Howth hill, launched in May of last year. Of the original nine houses launched, all have sold, with five closed and four due to close shortly. A further nine have been released this weekend, for between €1.475m to €1.7m. This phase is due for completion between May and October. In total, the project is planning 30 units, as well as parkland and a playground included in the crescent of green space. Final completion is due next summer.

The five-bed home is common enough now in new developments, but they are often built on a three-storey layout, which can sometimes seem less roomy. This is not the case at Thormanby Hill.

Built on two levels, the houses are particularly spacious at c312 sqm, more than large enough to accommodate teenagers and all their various accoutrements, not to mention the friends that become constant companions.

From the wide entrance hall on, the houses are built on a grand scale. Two separate living rooms lead off either side of the hall to the front of the house, further to the rear is a study, large enough to be converted to a double bedroom if, for example, one was to accommodate an elderly relative, and the ground-floor bathroom contains a wheelchair-accessible shower.

It may seem strange in a house that is so beautifully finished to highlight the utility room as one of its finer aspects but, often in new builds, this space appears to be an after thought. Not so at Thormanby Hill, where the utility room could work in place of a kitchen in a smaller home. It comes complete with cupboards, a sink, worktop, and space for an additional fridge. There is also an outside door, an ideal entrance for post-sport muddy teenagers and all their clobber.

The main living area is a wide, open-plan space that spans the entire rear of the house, with room for a sofa and several armchairs, a dining table, a four-seat island, and an impressively large kitchen.

Upstairs, there are five good-sized bedrooms, all with fitted wardrobes, three are en-suite. That might seem luxurious, but if you consider the realities of morning time in a fully occupied five bedroom family home, it is highly practical.

As with all Cosgrave-built homes, these are highly energy efficient, with a BER rating of A2. The first floor also includes a walk-in hot press with extra storage space and a main bathroom. Each house includes two sealed wood burners, under stairs pull-out storage units, and parking for a number of cars.

The gardens deserve a special mention: €40,000 was spent on landscaping for each property. Each includes a large patio overlooked by the living space, and the driveway is closed with an electronic gate.

Viewing: Today, 11.30am-1pm

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8401

Asking price: from €1.475m to €1.7m

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