Thursday 29 September 2016

Rural life near the city

Steeplechase, Ratoath, Co Meath Asking price: €375,000-€425,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (New Homes) (01) 6671888 and John FitzGerald Valuers & Estate Agents (01) 8027000

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

The exterior of the Steeplechase homes.
The exterior of the Steeplechase homes.
The living room and dining area.
A cycle lane in the estate.
The open-plan kitchen.

Steeplechase, a long-running development near Fairyhouse Racecourse -- the home of the Irish Grand National - has reached its final furlong with the introduction of the last phase of the mature scheme.

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The residential estate on the edge of Ratoath Village overlooks green meadows and scenic countryside, thereby offering prospective buyers a taste of rural life but with the option to commute to Dublin City within 30 minutes.

McGarrell Reilly, the developer, has released the last 10 houses at Steeplechase. These final four and five-bed homes will wrap up a development that first began 12 years ago, though the first new phase at Steeplechase in 11 years wasn't launched there until last summer. The developer has been responsible for a slew of residential estates in the greater Dublin area over the last 30 years, including Malahide Marina Village, Stepaside Park and Lusk Village.

The traditional-style family houses at Steeplechase have mixed red-brick facades with a feature canopy-style porch, Nordic Pine windows, landscaped front gardens and cobble-lock driveways. They were designed by leading architecture firm McCrosson O'Rourke Manning.

The four-bed detached houses at Steeplechase, which have been called the Halston, measure 1,357 sq ft and are priced from €375,000. Sizes for the five-bed version, or the Timbera house type, range from 1,689 sq ft to 1,790 sq ft, and this house type costs from €425,000.

Inside, the houses have higher-than-standard floor-to-ceiling heights, separate utility and storage rooms, hardwood doors throughout, and deep-moulded skirting and architraves.

Among the standout internal features are German-made Alno kitchens with granite worktops, a chrome cooker hood and a stainless steel splash back, all fitted by NcNally Kitchens. The living rooms have a working chimney and an attractive fireplace that has also been plumbed for a gas fire.

There is sanitary ware and wall tiling in the bathrooms and ensuites, and the wardrobes fitted to the bedrooms allow for a mix of hanging and shelf space. Out back, there is a garden and a paved patio.

While new developments typically command an 'A' energy rating, the block-built Steeplechase homes have BER ratings that range from C2 to B3. Heating is provided by natural gas-fired central heating. However, all of the units are complete and ready for occupation and a management company is already in place to maintain the common landscaped areas.

There are a raft of amenities located within a short distance of Steeplechase. The development is situated beside Ratoath GAA Club, there are new soccer pitches within the scheme, and a pitch and putt course directly across the road. Children can access these amenities along a connecting footpath: unlike schemes in their infancy, the footpaths, cycle tracks, street lighting and landscaping at Steeplechase are entirely finished.

Adding to the appeal to buyers with families are the four national schools and the secondary school in the area. Rathbeggan Lakes Family Park and Angling Centre, the National Aquatic Centre, cinemas and several equestrian centres are also nearby.

Ratoath is a fast-expanding commuter village and the new M3 motorway has shortened the drive to Dublin. A newly built train station with a park-and-ride facility at M3 Parkway is just a 10 minute drive from the development and Dublin Airport is a 25 minute drive.

Viewings at Steeplechase will be held between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday or can be arranged by private appointment.

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