Wake up to Cooley views
Cnoc na Mara, Blackrock, Co Louth Asking price: €290,000-€390,000 Agent: DNG Duffy (042) 9351011
The new homes at Cnoc na Mara, which means "hill of the sea" or "Seamount", commands views across Dundalk Bay, all the way to the Cooley peninsula, with the Cooley Mountains serving as the development's northern backdrop.
Indeed, the new scheme in the seaside village of Blackrock - just south of Dundalk - maximises these views and the abundance of natural light, especially with the vaulted ceiling in the sea-facing master bedrooms.
The three, four and five-bed homes at Cnoc na Mara are laid out around landscaped areas. The development is situated on the Golf Links Road at Blackrock Cove and is surrounded by the old Dundalk Golf Club.
Shannon Homes began construction in October and plans to build 100 homes there over four phases during the next two to three years.
The first phase consists of 32 units, though 15 of these were sold during a pre-launch.
The small number of detached three-bed dormer bungalows released in the phase and priced at €320,000 sold out, thought there are plans afoot to build more of this type during the next phase.
The remaining house types available in the initial tranche at Cnoc na Mara is a 1,450 sq ft four-bed semi-detached unit priced from €290,000 and a five-bed, 2,150-sq ft version over three floors that costs from €390,000.
The third floor of the five-bed properties have been fitted out with a chill-out space, a separate office suite, and a bathroom to serve the floor.
The homes were designed by Cooney Architects to have a strong emphasis on light and sun orientation. Both the five and four-beds have spectacular views of the coast from the front of the properties and from the back bedrooms. To the rear of each house type is a double set of floor-to-ceiling patio doors that lead out onto the patio living space and the garden.
The kitchens feature island units and wardrobes are all from NcNally. The living rooms have a traditional fireplace; would-be residents can enjoy a cosy winter's evening in front of the fire while watching the fishing boats in the distance.
Throughout the Cnoc Na Mara properties are contemporary white oak doors and floor-to-ceiling internal sliding doors. The bathrooms and ensuites have been fitted with sanitary ware.
Shannon Homes, a developer known for building throughout the northeast of Ireland, had previously built 80 large detached homes nearby.
But, at this scheme, Shannon Homes has improved on the building energy rating: the properties have an A3 rating and feature air-to-water heat pumps.
The village of Blackrock has a wide range of amenities, including shops, bars and restaurants. Schools include the new St Francis National School, which is within a few minutes' walk.
Cnoc na Mara will likely appeal to commuters to Dublin who are seeking more affordable homes outside the city.
Estate agents are witnessing a growing interest in towns such as Dundalk that were once considered at the edge of commuting limits.
Dublin is a 50 minute drive along the M1, though there is a train station at Dundalk and regular bus services for users of public transport.
Walks along the coast and mountains are a brief drive away.
The show house at Cnoc na Mara can be viewed tomorrow and Sunday, between 3pm-5pm.