The new home view: Go Wales watching from SeaGreen family homes
We examine the latest developments around the country
Published 04/03/2016 | 02:30
Traditional-style builds with a modern twist come with space and gardens aplenty.
Long before the arrival of mass car ownership and cheap flights, the construction in 1855 of a train station in Greystones turned the Wicklow town into a popular seaside resort in the Victorian and early Edwardian era.
The town commands views of the Irish Sea, Bray Head and the Wicklow Mountains. Now the selling agent for a new development promises views even further afield - to Wales.
SeaGreen, a new scheme of three-bed, four-bed and five-bed homes being launched tomorrow, is located on an elevated site on Chapel Road on the north side of Greystones. And on a clear day, prospective residents at SeaGreen will be able to see as far as Snowdonia in Wales from their bedroom windows.
The development will eventually consist of 180 family homes, all with private gardens and 3.3 acres of amenity lands.
This weekend's release will see 25 of those dwellings go on sale. There are two main house types available: a three-bed semi-detached type costing from €395,000 and a five-bed version priced from €535,000. Floor space for the three-beds ranges from 1,160 sq ft to 1,176 sq ft, while the three-storey, five-bed semi-detached houses will each span 1,845 sq ft.
The houses, designed by PD Lane Architects, are traditional in style but have a modern edge.
Each property's path and drive will be made of eco-friendly permeable cobble-lock paving made from natural stone, with side gates leading to a private rear garden and paved patio.
The SeaGreen homes have vaulted trussed roofs to enable would-be buyers convert the attic.
Indeed, one of the more striking features in the five-beds are the Cabrio Velux windows: the top half opens like a traditional Velux window but the bottom half leads out to a small balcony. The three-beds have their own special feature in the form of a multimedia gallery.
All the house types will have a fully-fitted kitchen incorporating solid hand-painted timber doors, granite or stone worktops, all appliances included as standard, and a separate utility room. All of the main bedrooms will feature luxury wardrobes with classic painted doors and the living rooms will have wall-mounted electric fires.
There will be low-energy recessed lighting throughout each house. Buyers will have a choice of colours for the internal walls, as well as a tiling allowance for the walls and floors in the entrance porch, kitchen and bathrooms, the later of which will also have wall-mounted vanity cabinets.
The houses at SeaGreen have been given an A2 energy rating and feature a solar-enhanced heating system, with a solar-powered heat storage radiator in the landing and solar thermal panels.
Hopefully, SeaGreen residents won't have to worry much about the school run - there are three schools nearby and many more a short distance away. The development is close to Greystones Educate Together and An Gael Scoill, two freshly-completed primary schools, and there is a new Temple Carrig secondary school in Blacklion.
Meanwhile, golf enthusiasts have two courses on their doorstep, namely Greystones Golf Club and Delgany Golf Club. Blacklion Shopping Centre is a five-minute minute walk from SeaGreen.
Greystones, the last southside stop on the Dart, has decent transport links. The Dart station is a 15 minute walk from SeaGreen and there are regular bus services to Dublin city centre, as well as access to the M11 and M50.
The show houses, designed by Eily Roe Interiors, will open for viewings tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 5pm.
Greystones, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €395,000-€535,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald (01) 6771888