How do you know that someone lives in Greystones?
Because they tell you.
Ah yes, the old ones are the best, and there's no denying that there's a verging-on-smug factor shared by Greystones locals, who know that they are indeed fortunate to live where they do, in a town that's as attractive as it is sociable.
Over the past couple of decades, Greystones has morphed from a slightly sleepy, seaside town into one of the most desirable within the greater Dublin commuter belt even though, of course, it's actually in North Wicklow, by way of Southern California.
Visit at the weekend and the town is thronged with vigorous types on bicycles (watch out for those MAMILs), plus rosy-faced families and groups of friends re-fuelling at The Happy Pear after the exertions of the Bray Head to Greystones Marina cliff hike, hoping for a glance of the famous shorts-wearing Flynn brothers.
Locals may complain that they can't get a seat at any of the cafes on a Sunday, but - really - they are delighted that their little town is having its moment in the sun. And when the sun shines, Greystones is hard to beat, with its well-kept main street populated by mainly independent shops and restaurants, its lovely little beach (location for the Flynn brothers' sunrise swims, which have been known to feature guests as diverse as Russell Brand and (Deliciously) Ella Mills and - of course - the DART that brings workers in and out of Dublin city centre via what must be one of the loveliest commutes in the world, around Killiney Bay.
Amongst the well-regarded places to eat in Greystones are 3Qs and Chakra, while Sunil Ghai (of the wonderful Pickle on Camden Street in Dublin) and his wife, Leena, are behind everyone's favourite Indian takeaway and delivery service, Tiffin by Sunil, which also supplies school lunchboxes for lucky local youngsters who remember to pre-order. La Touche Wines - winner of the Best Wine Experience in Leinster at this year's RAI Awards - is a convivial gathering spot, hosting regular tastings and events.
This weekend, Sherry Fitzgerald launches a new phase of SeaGreen Gate, a development of 42 four-bedroom family homes from developer, Wood Group Homes, with 14 new homes in the second release in the development being offered for sale. The show-home is open to viewers from 10 to 12 tomorow and Sunday, and is expected to be offered for sale at the end of October.
This is a sister development to SeaGreen, located across the road on an elevated site off Chapel Road at Blacklion, to the north of the town centre, from which there are fine views out towards the Irish Sea. The different house styles in the development are named after figures from Irish literary history, with prices starting from €480,000 for The Wilde, a mid-terrace four-bedroom house with 1,400 sq ft of living space, from €495,000 for The Yeats, which also has 1,400 sq ft of living space and is a four-bedroom end-of-terrace or semi-detached house, and from €525,000 for the slightly larger Beckett (1,425 sq ft) four-bedroom end-of-terrace or semi-detached house. These houses are expected to be completed during summer 2019.
The houses have a half-brick, half-nap render facade, complemented by string course detailing and granite to the sills of the Norwegian-made NorDan triple-glazed timber-framed windows.
The pathways and front driveway are laid in eco-friendly permeable cobble-lock paving made from natural stone.
At the semi-detached and end-of-terrace houses, side gates lead to the back garden and paved patio.