Friday 28 October 2016

Kids will feel right at home

Published 29/01/2016 | 02:30

One of the bedrooms in Parkside

Cairn Homes Plc, the Dublin house builder, has begun selling 20 three and four-bed houses at Parkside, an extensively-landscaped new scheme off the Malahide Road that's directed at first-time buyers and families keen to trade up from apartments to larger homes.

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The latest launch at Balgriffin, which follows 40 sales at Parkside from the first phase in the autumn, is likely to appeal to buyers with children as it features play areas, large stretches of parkland and two junior schools. As well as landscaped gardens, there is low-maintenance shrubbery and trees in raised beds to the front of each home.

The exteriors are finished with Ibstock red-brick facades and Portuguese sandstone window surrounds and sills. There is a paved patio and garden to the rear, accessed either by large glazed patio doors from the home or by a wrought-iron lockable side-gate.

The interior features at Parkside include large, contemporary kitchens with soft-close doors and drawers, stainless steel sockets and light switches in the kitchens and reception rooms, recessed LED down-lighters throughout the ground floor and in all bathrooms, and ironmongery in a satin-chrome finish.

There is high-quality porcelain floor tiling in the hallway and kitchens, nine-foot ceilings on the ground floor, and grooved architraves and skirting throughout.

The fitted wardrobes are larger than normal, each bathroom comes with heated towel rails and there's plenty of storage space for growing families.

Prices at Parkside go from €310,000 to €325,000 for the three-bedroom houses and from €350,000 to €385,000 for the four-bed properties. Depending on the house type chosen, the size ranges from 1,151sq ft to 1,183 sq ft for the three-beds, and from 1,420 sq ft to 1,614 sq ft for the four-beds.

The A3-rated homes are built to maximise thermal efficiency, courtesy of high levels of roof, wall and floor insulation and air tightness levels, and low U-value, high-performance windows that were designed to be lower to the floor to maximise the amount of light entering the properties. As a result of the high energy rating, daily heating and hot water bills at Parkside come to an average of between €4 and €6. The smart heating system can be controlled from anywhere through a smartphone app.

Other energy-efficient features include PV solar panels and a Scandinavian-inspired heat recovery ventilation system that ensures fresh air is circulated around the homes without letting the heat escape by opening the windows.

Indeed, there's no shortage of fresh air outside the homes either, as Parkside is right beside Father Collins Park.

This 53ac park, the first in Ireland to be powered by wind, has a 1.5km running/cycling track, playing pitches, fitness stations, a promenade, picnic areas, two playgrounds and a skate-park.

If Parkside residents tire of that, they can take in Mayne River Park, a nine-acre amenity directly opposite the entrance to the housing development that has a running/walking track and a children's play area.

A new linear park with a five-a-side football pitch, a basketball court, and a toddler play area is due to open to the south of the first phase of Parkside in September.

It is expected to open at the same time as the new permanent primary schools for St Francis of Assisi and Educate Together, which are currently in temporary accommodation beside the housing scheme.

Commuters from the burgeoning north Dublin development can travel to the city centre using the Malahide Road Quality Bus Corridor (QBC), the Dart station at Clongriffin, or access the M50 and Port Tunnel.

The show houses at Parkside are open between 2.30pm-4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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