Monday 29 May 2017

New home view: Tour the secret garden

Gleann na Ghairdin
Gleann na Ghairdin

Time was, Dublin families who kept a chalet or mobile home in Courtown would decamp to the holiday resort for two weeks in summer and the odd weekend.

The population would double from June to August, as parents sought respite from hectic urban life and their kids gorged on crazy golf, candyfloss and fish 'n' chips.

Locations like Courtown and nearby Gorey became permanent retreats during the housing bubble for buyers seeking more bang for their buck outside the confines of greater Dublin. Rising house prices in the capital have seen the return of long commutes from Co Wexford towns, as jaded city slickers once again seek affordable properties in the area.

But the traffic congestion that plagued Gorey during the Celtic Tiger has eased since it was bypassed a decade ago with a 23km-dual carriageway. The Dublin-to-Wexford road, since upgraded to motorway status, has enabled a more reasonable commute from Gorey to the M50 and beyond.

Just 3km from junction 22 of the M11 is Gleann an Ghairdín, a new development from where buyers can reach the M50 in 45 minutes or so.

Indeed, first-time buyers and downsizers from Dublin - as well as from Gorey - have so far accounted for most of the interest in Gleann an Ghairdín, a development on the edge of the north Wexford market town that's a 10-minute drive from Courtown and Ballymoney Strand.

Gleann an Ghairdín is being built by Wexford Low Energy Homes, the local developer behind the Ard Uisce estate which is still expanding in Wexford town and Cúil na Tíre in Gorey.

Gleann an Ghairdín, which translates as Garden Valley, is the northern edge of Gorey. It is made up of 25 homes, all three-beds available in three different styles. There are 22 semi-detached houses with 1,200 sq ft of space each and three three-bed detached dwellings within the estate.

Of the first 11 houses built, four are still available and are priced at €240,000. Once these are sold, 13 more properties at Gleann an Ghairdín will immediately come on stream; these will command price-tags of €245,000. The three detached houses will cost €265,000.

There is a stylish stone-wall entrance to Gleann an Ghairdín, which is set amidst landscaped open spaces. Within the boundary are block-built homes with a smooth render façade complemented by cream windows from Munster Joinery.

There is a low-maintenance but modern-looking pebble dash to the sides and rear. The homes are painted inside and out.

The interiors are contemporary in style. In the lounge, there is a mock-fireplace and buyers can have the option of fitting it with a stove.

The fitted kitchens in the large kitchen/dining rooms are in a Shaker style and are supplied by Cedarwood Kitchens in New Ross, but buyers can upgrade the kitchen or even design their own from scratch.

There are similar options with the bathrooms and tiling - buyers can opt for the standard package or select an upgrade, as long as the modifications are agreed before building on the property reaches roof stage.

Also on the ground floor are a separate utility room and a guest lavatory. Upstairs, there are two large double bedrooms - including a master ensuite - as well as a single bedroom and a family bathroom.

Each rear garden is surrounded by block walls and there is off-street concrete parking to the front.

The A3-rated properties are fitted with PV panels to top up electricity and reduce household energy bills.

Gleann an Ghairdín is a 15-minute walk from Gorey's main street. Buyers who commute can also travel by train from Gorey railway station to Connolly Station in Dublin, or use public or private bus routes.

Open viewings at Gleann an Ghairdín will be held tomorrow, between 2pm and 3.30pm.

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