The new home view: More bang for your buck in Dunshaughlin
The Georgian Collection, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath Asking price: €575,000-€635,000 Agent: Hora Property Consultants (01) 665 0456
The adjacent Seachnall Abbey development sold out off-plan in 2014, so there are high hopes for The Georgian Collection development of 15 detached doubled-fronted homes in the popular commuter village of Dunshaughlin.
Built by family business Hora Property Consultants, responsible for Wellington Hall and Cluain Ri in Trim, these 2,500 sq ft houses are aimed at the trader-up market and with the M50 15 minutes away, they may suit Dubliners looking for more bang for their buck outside the city. They are built with sympathetic features reminiscent of the 1800s such as up/down sash windows, decorative fanlight, coving, high skirting boards etc.
But the A3 BER rating is thoroughly modern, attained by an Air to Water heat pump and air tightness system.
The developer expects running costs for this large house to be little more than those for a two-bed apartment.
Inside, there are two reception rooms either side of the central staircase (which has an inset for a desk or PC space underneath), both with fireplaces, one with a wood burning stove.
The main room is the kitchen/dining room which is L-shaped with a large seating area in a sun room with a vaulted 11ft ceiling from McNally.
A full range of Siemens appliances is complemented by an in-built coffee machine. There is a sillstone breakfast bar, soft close drawers and recessed cupboards. A utility room and WC is off this.
Ceilings are 9ft and nicely finished with cornicing and ceiling roses. The stairs lead up to a large skylight giving the illusion of more space, creating an atrium effect from the hall.
Upstairs are four double bedrooms, two of which are ensuite and all with Virginia Oak slide robes from McNally.
The price point runs from €575,000 to €635,000 as some houses have larger garden sites and/or detached double garages.
Outside, the exteriors are finished in a plaster render with a granite arch over the ornate front door.
The cobbled driveway is finished with shrubbery and low maintenance planting, and local ironmongers Foley's Forge provided the iron railings and period-style street lamps.
The original Dunshaughlin 'toll-house' dates from 1860 and the old house and stone stables are being refurbished.
Viewing is by appointment.