The new home view: Mix retro 1950s vibes with modern interiors
Parkside, Malahide Road, Balgriffin, Dublin 13 Asking price: €299,000-€385,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318 402
Arange of three and four-bedroom houses, firmly directed at the first-time buyer and those trading up from apartments to larger family homes, is launching at Parkside this weekend with 25 units in the first phase.
Located off the Malahide Road, prices start from €299,000 for the three-beds and up to €385,000 for the larger four-beds, which makes it among the most reasonably priced new Dublin developments to come on stream this year.
Built by Cairn Homes plc, the first obvious feature is the amount of greenery which has been planted in and around the properties. There are low-maintenance landscaped shrubberies, raised beds and trees along the unit partitions and on-street with play areas for children so it looks already mature, even though it's brand new.
There are plans afoot for two new primary schools south of this phase, one being an Educate Together.
There are five styles on offer, a mix of three and four-bed, each over two or three storeys.
All are redbrick with a nice retro white cement fill, giving a 1950s kind of feel to the exteriors. Cream window trims and matte green doors add to the look.
Inside though, it's all modern. These A3-rated houses have contemporary kitchens, island units and bright bathrooms with 9 ft ceilings on the ground floor. The BER comes from PV solar panels, heat recovery systems and high-performance windows. The developer claims daily heating and water bills will be just €4 - €6.
Style A is a four-bed over three levels at 1,614 sq ft in a terraced or semi-detached version.
This has a kitchen/dining area with utility room off, a separate living room up front and WC. On the first floor are three bedrooms and a bathroom, although for families who don't yet need all the space, one of the bedrooms could be a playroom or office.
The top floor has the master bedroom which is ensuite and a good bit of storage. The other four-bed is Style C1 which is the same size but has its entrance side on, giving a double-fronted appearance; it is a terraced style.
There is a four-bed over two storeys also, Style D, which is semi-detached or detached and measures 1,420 sq ft, again with a centered entrance and the kitchen/dining/family area running the length of the property.
The three beds are covered in two styles: B which is 1,183 sq ft with a kitchen/dining/family area to the rear, living room and WC downstairs; three bedrooms, one ensuite and a bathroom makes up the first floor accommodation.
The final Style C is the smallest at 1,151 sq ft and has a similar layout to the mid-entrance four-bed. Both of these have semi-detached and terraced options.
Adjacent to the development is Fr Collins Park which ranges over 52 acres of parkland, with running and cycling tracks, pitches, playgrounds and a skate park. A new park, Mayne River, has just opened opposite the entrance, again with football pitches and a basketball court.
The area is well settled with lots of retail units. Larger centres in the vicinity include Swords Pavilion, Omni and Malahide village.
Golfers will find Malahide and Clontarf nearest while commuters are served with the Malahide QBC, Dart at Clongriffin and road access to the M50 and Port tunnel. Viewing is Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2 - 4pm.