Bargain prices in Clongriffin
Belltree, Clongriffin, D13 Priced from: €260,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 2376300
Gerry Gannon, one of Ireland's most prominent developers, will this weekend vie for the attentions of first-time buyers by marketing new three-bed homes in Clongriffin starting at €260,000.
Gannon Homes, which built 700 homes in the north Dublin suburb, is launching show houses for Belltree near the 52-acre Father Collins Park, Ireland's first wind-powered and sustainable public park.
It is selling the starter homes at €260,000, compared with €299,000 for the three-beds released at nearby Parkside last month by Cairn Homes.
The show houses will be among the 40 homes earmarked for the first phase of Belltree, which will ultimately consist of 114 dwellings. The first residents are expected to move in early next year.
The development is being funded by Nama, after Gannon's loans were transferred to the agency in 2010 in the wake of the collapse of the property market.
The developer resumed house-building in 2013 with six townhouses in Clongriffin, also financed by Nama, to test the market. These units sold out and Gannon has since begun building schemes such as Millers Glen in Swords.
While all of the properties at Belltree are three-beds, there is a variety of layouts and elevations for sale. There are two and three-storey houses available, and they come as detached, semi-detached or terraced units. For instance, there are 1,216 sq ft end-of-terrace townhouses priced from €270,000 and 1,506 sq ft townhouses overlooking the park that cost from €310,000.
The houses, designed by Conroy Crowe Kelly, the architectural and urban designing firm, are traditional in style on the outside, albeit with a modern edge. The exterior of the houses are a mixture of a brick and render finishes, but some have a feature canopy over the front door or large bay windows.
Interior features include oak-veneered internal doors, fitted kitchens and bedroom wardrobes supplied by Cawley's. All of the houses are fully painted and have extensive wall and floor tiling in the bathrooms and ensuites. The rear gardens are levelled and seeded, and come with concrete post and timber fencing.
There is a host of energy-saving features in the A2-rated properties, from levels of wall, floor and attic insulation and solar panels that provide a continuous supply of low-cost hot water to double-glazed uPVC windows by Grady Joinery.
Clongriffin, which is close to Baldoyle and Portmarnock, has its own Dart station and park-and-ride facility on site. The Dart from Clongriffin takes less than 20 minutes to get to Connolly station, while the picturesque village of Malahide is two stops away in the other direction. There is a terminus for the 15 Dublin Bus route in Clongriffin, with the bus leaving the development for the centre of Dublin every 10 to 15 minutes.
Within Clongriffin itself, there are restaurants, convenience shops, a gym, pharmacy and doctor's surgery. Both Clarehall and Donaghmede Shopping Centres are within walking distance, while the Pavilions Shopping Centre, one of Dublin's biggest retail centres, and its multi-screen cinema is a short drive away. Golf enthusiasts can practise their swing at the nearby Malahide, Portmarnock, Sutton and Howth golf clubs.
There are three show houses on view at Belltree and they will open for the first time tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm-5pm. The booking deposit is €5,000.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888.