Friday 30 September 2016

The new home view: Enjoy the park life with Castlemoyne five-beds

Sinead Ryan and Gabrielle Monaghan examine the latest developments around the country

Published 01/04/2016 | 02:30

Castlemoyne: The five-beds are laid out over two storeys.
Castlemoyne: The five-beds are laid out over two storeys.
The open-plan kitchen/dining/living room at Castlemoyne

Castlemoyne, a residential estate just off the Malahide Road in Balgriffin, was first launched during the boom era of the early Noughties.

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But the developer, Frank Fahy's Shannon Homes, escaped the fallout of the subsequent property crash that plagued many of its rivals and it is now bringing the north Dublin scheme to its end with the release of a final phase.

There are two house types available in the last 20 unit tranche of homes being released at the development, which is beside Father Collins Park, a 55ac amenity with facilities ranging from playgrounds to running tracks and playing fields.

Both of these house types are five-bed properties and laid out over two-and-a-half storeys. The pitched roof houses a master bedroom, walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite, all of which take up the entire top floor.

Prices for the semi-detached version, which comes with 1,948 sq ft of living space, range from €550,000 to €625,000. The detached house type, which spans 3,000 sq ft, costs between €800,000 and €825,000.

Designed by architects McCrossan O'Rourke Manning, these homes are traditional in style. The exteriors are finished in full red Butterley brick, with cream granite windowsills, reconstituted stone surrounds and black hardwood front doors with glass surrounds. The front drive is cobble-locked and the boundary partitions are made up of mature hedging and decorative ironmongery. The side gates are also iron.

The traditional motif continues inside, where the downstairs ceilings are a higher-than-standard 9ft 6in. The internal walls are painted and finished throughout in orchid white.

On the ground floor, there is an open-plan kitchen/dining/family room, with skylights to illuminate the kitchen and dining space, and French doors that lead to the rear garden. The fitted units, which have a white and pewter finish, come with granite worktops and kitchen islands supplied by Nolan Kitchens.

A fireplace with a provision for a coal-effect gas fire acts as the focal point in the large living room to the front of each home.

The properties have natural gas-fired central heating and the developer says the homes have an exceptionally high level of sound and thermal insulation. There is extensive tiling in the bathrooms and ensuites, and upstairs, there are fitted wardrobes from Bedroom Elegance.

Each of the 20 new homes at Castlemoyne overlooks the park, which was redeveloped to the tune of €20m and reopened in 2009. There is professional landscaping throughout the development.

The estate is a short drive from the coastal villages of Malahide, Howth, Sutton and Portmarnock. It takes less than 15 minutes to walk to the Portmarnock Dart Station and its park-and-ride facility, according to the selling agent, and there is another Dart station close by, at Clongriffin.

The city centre is about 11km away, while the airport is 8.5km. Motorists can use the M50 and M1 motorways, while those who travel by bus can avail of the quality bus corridor on the Malahide Road to reach the centre of Dublin.

Shannon Homes has developed a slew of residential estates in Dublin, including St Raphaela's in Stillorgan, Laraghcon in Lucan and Vernon Heath in Clontarf.

Viewings at Castlemoyne are by appointment only.

Castlemoyne, Balgriffin, Dublin 13

Asking price: €550,000-€825,000

Agent: Savills (01) 6181300

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