116 Drumnigh Wood, Co Dublin €625,000
When first launched by Ballymore Homes at the height of the Celtic Tiger, Drumnigh Wood instantly became one of the poshest addresses in north Dublin.
Among its rich and famous residents were Westlife’s Brian McFadden and his former wife Kerry Katona of Atomic Kitten. They lived in No12, a detached six-bedroom house with a cinema room and pitch-and-putt course, which they put up for sale for €2.5m in 2005, shortly after their acrimonious split.
No116 is comparatively more modest than the pop stars’ former pleasure palace, but it’s still attracting interest among locals and outsiders alike.
The gated community is moments away from Portmarnock Strand, where dry-robers are currently out in force, taking their pandemic-permitted sea dips followed by brisk walks on the prom.
According to selling agent Andrew Corry, the last eight months have seen people flocking to the beach in Portmarnock in their droves.
So enchanted are some that they’ve dived into the local property market and decided to live there. For those who like their privacy, Drumnigh Wood is a gated community with 24/7 security and a well-maintained communal green area.
No116 was built in 2007-08, as part of the third phase of the development. With a floor area of 1,582 sq ft, the four-bedroom semi-d has an open-plan kitchen-dining area, separate lounge, sunroom, guest WC and utility room on the ground floor.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, one ensuite, and a family bathroom. A detached garage spanning 215 sq ft could be converted, subject to planning, to be used as an office or self-contained living space.
The house is in walk-in condition with Italian porcelain floor tiles downstairs, gas-fired central heating, double-glazed windows and a B3 BER.