First phase of Marina Village on the market
Marina Village Greystones, Co Wicklow
The former Victorian harbour once synonymous with Greystones has undergone a lengthy transformation, thanks to hosting the largest marine works in Ireland since the piers at Dun Laoghaire were built in the 19th century.
Since 2008, almost €70m has been invested in engineering works alone to build a new harbour and marina. There are now new piers, a 200-berth marina, new club houses, and buyers with an appetite for year-round waterside life can finally taste a slice of the action with the launch this weekend of the first phase of Marina Village Greystones.
The new residential development, nestled on an inlet south of Bray Head, will eventually have 358 architect-designed homes.
The scheme will be made up of 158 detached, semi-detached, terraced and end-of-terrace houses, as well as 200 one, two and three-bed apartments, all of which will be spread throughout later phases. The selling agent Sherry FitzGerald is operating a waiting list for prospective buyers for the apartments, which will likely come on stream between 2017 and 2018.
The harbour and marina were built through a public-private partnership between Wicklow County Council and developers.
Construction on the marina village stalled during the property crash amid the departure of housebuilders Park Developments from a joint venture with John Sisk & Son, which oversaw the marine engineering works, and on foot of planning objections. Sisk and the council secured new backing from Targeted Investment Opportunities - an investment fund managed by Oaktree Capital that counts new student accommodation at the Digital Hub in Dublin 8 among its recent projects.
Bridgedale Homes is building the housing element of the scheme. A 14ac coastal park is being developed on the northern shore of the project and building is underway on a new boardwalk for the planned shops, cafes and retail outlets to face on to.
During the first phase of Marina Village Greystones, 39 houses are for sale. These include 2,300 sq ft Tuskar Homes, which are four/five-bed semi-detached properties laid out over three floors and priced from €655,000.
The Oyster Homes house type, a four-bed with a large attic space that comes as a semi-detached, end-of-terrace or mid-terrace unit, measures 1,645 sq ft and costs from €515,000.
The 1,500 sq ft Baily Homes type is a four-bed in a variety of styles priced from €485,000, while Fanore Homes, the fourth type, is a three-bed that extends over 1,495 sq ft and costs from €525,000.
Bedroom wardrobes are supplied by Gallagher Kitchens and come with shaker-style doors and a washed oak veneer carcass.
Prospective residents of the A-rated homes can avail of transport links at Greystones that include the M50 and the Dart.
Viewings will be held between 2pm and 5pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 667188.