Sunday 11 December 2016

The new home view: Making a fresh start in 'created' Barnwell village

* New Dublin 15 suburb a big hit with young house-hunters and families
* Barnwell, Hansfield, Dublin 15
* Asking price: From €265,000
* Agent: Kelly Walsh (01) 664 5500

Published 20/05/2016 | 02:30

The properties in Barnwell.
The properties in Barnwell.
The living room of a Barnwell show house.
The open-plan kitchen/dining room in one of the Barnwell properties.

The popular Barnwell development near Ongar in Dublin 15 has the benefit of being in a 'created' village, i.e. there's no ancient church or old town lived in for generations of priests and families.

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The shops, schools, amenities and parks are all new, as is the railway line, which has been open now for two years and runs from the M3 Parkway in Dunboyne to the Docklands and/or Connolly Station.

It's a young, starter home area with new primary schools popping up and lots of kids - the 1,000 pupil Educate Together opened in 2014. With previous prices starting at the precious €220,000 marker, no wonder they were snapped up.

This new phase is slightly more 'grown up'. The three and four-bedroom homes are larger and for trader-uppers as much as first-timers. There are five styles, but the six semi-detached three-beds are quite similar, priced from €265,000 and varying from 1,184 sq ft - 1,345 sq ft, while the four-beds are semi-detached (1,433 sq ft) and detached (1,647 sq ft), starting from €370,000. There are also a couple of two-bed townhouses from €240,000.

The designs are all two storey and traditional in layout, which families still like. A kitchen/dining/living room opens out into a patio and landscaped back garden (which is quite generous in size), with a separate living room to the front or side.

Kitchens are nicely fitted from Kitchen Elegance with either matt or lacquered cabinetry, and satin chrome finishes.

A Climote heating system (and app) is fitted to regulate energy use and an appliance allowance of €2,000 is provided.

Upstairs, master bedrooms are en-suite; in the four-bed, one of the other bedrooms has a walk-in wardrobe and family bathrooms are a good size.

There are nice landing windows in all, providing a shaft of light down the stairs.

Each house also features walk-in hot-presses, which seem to have all but disappeared in other developments to make room for extra large boilers and tanks. Exteriors are a mixture of render and brown/red-brick and solar panels help provide the necessary 'A' energy rating.

Builders McGarrell Reilly have built around a fairly mature estate of greens and there is an open space adjacent to this phase, with Hansfield train station visible. All-weather pitches near Ongar and the Phoenix Park, which is 10 minutes away, offer some of the open air options. Blanchardstown Centre and Connolly Hospital are respectively 5km and 7.5km away.

Viewing is today from 5pm-7pm, and tomorrow and Sunday from 12pm-2pm.

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