Family homes in south Dublin
Carrickmines sees yet another new homes launch this week, writes Liadan Hynes
It has been a week of two halves for the new homes market. Early in the week, several papers reported prospective purchasers taking time off work to queue from 6.30am on Monday morning for a launch that would not happen until later in the week. It was a picture of scarcity and desperation.
Later in the week came the Knight Frank 2018 New Homes Construction Survey. The report found that thanks to a combination of increasing house prices, better access to finance for developers, and the help-to-buy scheme, confidence on the part of developers has increased to the point where 80pc of developers surveyed said they would be boosting their productivity over the coming year.
As well as a number of phase launches, this week saw a brand-new development launch at Inglenook Woods in Carrickmines, an area that is experiencing its own local mini-boom in the new homes market. It is one of South Dublin's most sought-after suburbs, sitting with Dun Laoghaire, Stillorgan, Foxrock and Blackrock, and so appeals to both first-time buyers who grew up nearby, and those looking for a forever home in one of these areas.
This latest scheme is close to Foxrock, and, comprising of substantial family homes, covering approximately 176sqm in floor space and priced from €675,000, will appeal to trade-up buyers, moving from elsewhere in the city or returning to Dublin from living abroad.
As an established area, Carrickmines has a plentiful supply of detached houses with large grounds, exactly the kind of thing which most often makes a new homes development in Dublin's older suburbs.
In this case, these 16 four-bedroom semi-detached properties, eight of which launched this week, as well as 12 one-, two-and three-bedroom apartments that will launch most likely after the summer, were built on the grounds of two former private residences.
This area is well served by transport links and amenities. Inglenook Woods is within walking distance of Carrickmines village, as well as the Carrickmines Luas stop. The M50 is less than 1km away. The eight homes launched this week include brick exteriors with bay windows, a feature not common in new homes these days, and which serves to underline the emphasis here on these units as traditional, solid family homes.
All units have a BER rating of A2 or A3. Bespoke kitchens and wardrobes by Cawleys are as per the show room, as are the units included in the utility rooms and the window seating in the kitchen area.
The kitchen, the WC, the utility, the bathroom and the en suite wet areas are tiled, or buyers can opt for a €2,000 tiling allowance.
Fireplace surrounds and wood burning stoves by Lamartine Fireplaces as per the showhouse are included, or again buyers can avail of an allowance of €1,500. All rear gardens have concrete block walls which have been capped and plastered.
The ground floor comprises a separate living room at the front of the house, with a kitchen/dining room at the rear opening onto the back garden. The first floor includes two double bedrooms, one of which is en suite, and the main bathroom, and the second floor includes a further two bedrooms, again one of which is en suite, and a study.
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