Celebrity neighbour in Ballyboughal
Dooroge Woods, Ballyboughal, Co Dublin
Dooroge Woods grabbed the headlines last year when it was revealed that former Boyzone star Keith Duffy was planning to buy a bespoke home in the development.
The scheme is being developed by Martin Hannon from Greyfield Developments, a friend of Duffy's who gave the singer his pick of a site at Dooroge Woods, in the heart of Ballyboughal Village, just a few miles from Roganstown and close to the M1 and M50.
Duffy, who earlier this month announced he was linking up for a concert tour with ex-Westlife singer Brian McFadden under the name Boyzlife, must have exerted a little star power over the high-end residential estate: the first phase at Dooroge Woods sold out, despite the tranche being expanded to 17 homes instead of the eight originally earmarked for the phase.
Now Greyfield Developments is releasing a second phase, comprising 13 homes.
The properties are tailored to growing families: all have private gardens to the front and rear, are not overlooked, and are set among landscaped communal green areas. There's even a children's playground on site.
There is a similar range of house styles in the second phase as in the first, namely a three-bed bungalow, a four-bed detached home, a five-bed double-fronted residence and a five-bed detached home.
However, each house type in the latest tranche is larger than its earlier counterpart - apart from the five-bed type K home - and a new layout design.
For instance, the D1 type, a three-bed bungalow style replacing the A type from the first phase, has 1,500 sq ft of space compared to 1,164 sq ft for the original A type. The G type five-bed in the second phase measures 2,631 sq ft, up from 2,398 sq ft in the first phase. Prices for the second phase start from €420,000 for the D1 type bungalow, rising to €499,000 for the four-bed H type home, €549,000 for the five-bed G style dwelling, and €599,000 for the largest home, the five-bed K type.
The developer is currently applying for planning permission for a third phase at Dooroge Woods.
Sizes at these 11 bespoke five-bed detached homes are expected to be as large as 4,000 sq ft and it is in this phase that Duffy is planning to put down roots.
The most recent crop of homes at the scheme will have timber frames and external finishes of brick and render, complemented by reconstituted stone windowsills and surrounds.
Each house will have brick entrance pillars with metal dipped railings and a Ballylusk stone chip driveway.
Buyers have a choice of getting an electronic entrance gate installed at an additional cost and, inside, have a choice of fitted kitchens, which come with countertops from the Senqua range at Lamont Stone.
An air-to-water heat pump will act as a low-cost method of heating the underfloor heating system and domestic hot water supply.
Indeed, building energy ratings for the properties range from A3 to A2, making them efficient and cheap to heat and run.
PV solar panels will generate the electricity for powering the heat pump, lighting and other functions in the home.
A smart ventilation will filter the incoming air to remove pollutants.
Although the homes are now selling off the plans, a show house will not be available for viewing until October.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald Blanc (01) 8900944.