Saturday 24 June 2017

Rush's Maine attraction

Drumanagh Court, Rush, Co Dublin Asking price: €525,000 Agent: Kelly & Co. Auctioneers (01) 9014411

The homes in Drumanagh Court are American in style
The homes in Drumanagh Court are American in style
The open-plan kitchen/dining area

At the turn of this century, then enterprise minister Mary Harney famously claimed Ireland was both geographically and spiritually closer to Boston than Berlin. And we've long embraced American television, film, food, and its multinationals (occasionally to the detriment of our tax coffers), but have so far resisted to take a leaf out of American architecture en masse.

This is especially true of new residential developments: there aren't too many homages to the American colonial revival movement dotted around our cities. Drumanagh Court, however, is a different ball game: this distinctive development, just 200m from Rush's north beach, is more reminiscent of New England than North County Dublin.

The exterior of the houses are gable-fronted, with the upper half clad in clapboard, as is typical of many coastal homes in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. The Drumanagh Court houses may not need protection from the Atlantic, as they face out on to the Irish Sea, but their Tegral Cedral weather boards are made from cement fibre, which stands up to the damp Irish climate.

The top half of the façades are separated from the lower half by a slate canopy that overhangs a box window and a blue panelled front door that is flanked either side by glass panels. To the front of each house is a driveway with coloured gravel, and a garden with hedging.

The Drumanagh Court properties are arranged on a cul-de-sac off Kilbush Lane and are about 400m from Rush Harbour and 500m from Main Street. While the architecture at Drumanagh Court may be inspired by Massachusetts, the name takes its cue from a location a little closer to home, namely the ancient promontory fort at nearby Drumanagh Head that is thought to date back to the bronze age.

The scheme is being built by Shale Construction, the developer behind Glencarrig, a high-end development in the south Dublin suburb of Rathmichael.

At Drumanagh Court, all the properties are five-bed detached homes, with accommodation laid out over three floors. Prices start at €525,000, while sizes range from 2,260 sq ft to 2,335 sq ft, depending on which of the two house types the buyer chooses. In the Type A layout, there is an L-shaped open-plan kitchen/dining/lounge space to the rear of the property, with doors that lead out to a corner patio and a rear garden.

On the first floor are a family bathroom and three bedrooms, one of which has both a dressing area and an ensuite. There is another bathroom and bedroom on the second floor, along with a room that could be used either as a bedroom or a study.

House Type B is similar, but the kitchen/dining area is arranged horizontally across the rear of the home, lending a wider feel to the outside patio. On the top floor, the fourth bedroom comes with a dressing area and an ensuite, rather than a full-sized bathroom.

The interior finishes also have a hint of New England about them; the architraves and skirting that frame the panelled doors are wider than the standard Irish fare. Pale wooden floors have been laid across the ground floor and there is a wood-burning Hensley inset stove in the sitting room.

The homes will be fitted with Brogan Jordan bespoke kitchens that will include granite or marble worktops, tiling, a kitchen island, and integrated appliances. The bathrooms and ensuites will have tiling to the wet areas and Duravit sanitary ware throughout.

The houses at Drumanagh Court have an A2 BER, thanks in part to an A-class air-to-water heat pump from Dimplex that is designed specifically to provide central heating and hot water to Irish homes: even if temperatures fall to -20C, the air source technology sources hot water without the need for an immersion.

Prospective buyers at the development can use the nearby Rush and Lusk railway to travel to Dublin or Drogheda and there are bus services to the capital as well as to Skerries, Balbriggan and Swords. Dublin Airport, the M1 and the M50 are all within a 20 minute drive.

While viewing at Drumanagh Court is by appointment only at present, a showhouse will open there on September 10 and 11, between 2pm and 4pm.

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