Social amenities at Hansfield already in place, including primary school
Barnwell, Hansfield, Dublin 15 Asking price: €220,000-€340,000 Agent: Kelly Walsh (01) 664 5500
All the new building work going on at Hansfield, near the newly opened train station, intrigued me so I went along to have a look.
Last developed by the defunct Manor Homes, the vast tracts of land here were waiting to be worked on and Hansfield Investments has stepped up to the plate, planning up to 600 houses on this 55-acre site with the first development, Barnwell, ready to launch. Seven acres have been reserved by the Department of Education for future school needs.
A mixed selection of two, three and four-bedroom family homes, this is hitting the target market squarely. It is one of the special SDZ zoned areas from Fingal County Council which means that there are already social amenities in place, including an Educate Together primary school (the secondary school opens this September), Castaheany school, the aforementioned train station and the village at Ongar, so anybody moving in can do so without waiting months or years for a community to take shape.
The current phase has 22 houses - 4 four beds, 15 three beds and 3 two beds in 11 different styles, however, they differ within only in terms of layout with some, for example, having dual aspect windows and others side or front entrances.
I had a good poke around and to my mind the three bed stands out for design and finish. At 1,141 to 1,227 sq ft, these look considerably larger when you're inside thanks to the central placing of the open spindle staircase. Downstairs has a kitchen-dining room (some have a utility), separate living room with large bay window and guest WC.
The kitchens, from Kitchen Elegance, have been finished in a neutral choice of colours with a colour-matched interior carcass.
Upstairs are three bedrooms, the master with a large ensuite and a separate bathroom. There is a walk-in hot press. These will be priced from €260,000 depending on whether they are in a terrace of three or semi-detached.
The four beds measure 1,528 to 1,658 sq ft and are built over three storeys. The kitchen-dining room is finished similarly to the three bed, with French windows opening out into the garden, which has a paved patio.
Most have a utility room and there is a sitting room and large WC downstairs also. The first floor has two bedrooms, one of which is ensuite with a walk-in-wardrobe.
The second floor has the other two bedrooms (passing a picture window on the return), and there is a study/den here also along with the main bathroom. These will start from €340,000 and most are semi-detached with one detached on view.
The two beds are 926 sq ft and priced at €220,000. The finish to the front is cobble-locked driveways with seeded lawns and cream sills.
The exterior are either red brick, ochre clad or cream render. Nice touches like a wheelie bin storage area have been included and builder Charles Reilly demonstrated the nifty 'Climote' heating system to me with his phone app which regulates controls over three zones - downstairs, upstairs and water, which you can programme, and alter remotely.
Each house has been fitted with the system and it means you can turn on the heating as you leave work, or indeed, switch it off if you've left it on by mistake! He also pointed out the programmable Vent-Axia air extraction vents in rooms. The BER is A2.
Hansfield is a huge growth area in West Dublin and Blanchardstown town centre is 4km. The Phoenix Park is 6km. When the new Luas works are complete in 2017, the Hansfield train will connect at Broomfield.
Viewing is from 4pm on Friday, May 15 and will continue on May 16 and 17 from 2-4pm, however, bookings will be taken from 5.30pm on May 15.