Inaugural phase of four-bed detached houses by the sea
This weekend sees a new phase of four-bedroom detached homes come to the market in Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries.
Situated by the sea, this latest release brings five homes in total to market. Four units face green fields which will not see further development, and they have partial sea views from the first floor. These units are priced from €475,000, while one house that sits behind these is on the market from €450,000.
At 153sqm, laid out over three storeys, the properties have a first-floor living room which has the potential to be a fifth bedroom. This development is by Winsac Ltd, headed by Malachy Clarke and Bernie Carroll, who have built extensively in the area.
The development originally launched in 2007, and never closed during the recession, even though at times it was manned by a skeleton crew. "Through the bad times, it was the fact that they are by the sea that kept us going," says Carroll now. In 2013, Winsac launched a style of four-bed detached house called "Lapwing", and 15 or 16 have sold each year. This is the latest phase to launch.
Located off the Balbriggan road, the scheme is within walking distance of Skerries Shopping Centre. There is a playground in the middle of the development, and an Educate Together national school adjacent to the homes. The development is, not surprisingly, popular with families.
Pre-recession, this site saw launches of apartment blocks and duplexes, but since 2012, the developers have focused on three- and four-bed houses. Originally, the planning for the area where these houses are situated was for 202 apartments, but following a planning re-application it was changed to 87 houses in 2011. "Without a doubt, market demand is completely for houses," says Carroll.
Buyers are looking for off-street parking, with space for two cars, and proximity to public transport, according to Carroll, who estimates that roughly 65pc of buyers so far have been influenced by the fact that Skerries Train Station is within walking distance. It is serviced by a regular train service.
As well as appealing to those who grew up in the area, Skerries has interest for a catchment area that extends as far as Raheny, including those for whom living beside the coast is a priority, but find that Malahide is beyond their price range. Carroll says 50-60pc of the buyers of these detached houses have been trading up from local estates.
The houses are designed to take advantage of the fine view, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. Double doors lead from the living room to an open-plan kitchen/dining room. A utility room leads off the kitchen area. The kitchens and utility rooms are fully fitted, with appliances included. There is also a downstairs WC, and good under-stairs storage.
The first floor includes two double bedrooms, one with en suite, and the main bathroom. There is also a second living room to the front of the house. Originally, this was styled in the show houses as a fifth bedroom, but purchaser feedback indicated a demand for a second living area, says selling agent Judy Sorohan, of Hooke & MacDonald.
The homes are appealing largely to those trading up, generally families with at least three children, rather than to first-time buyers. As a result, a second, more intimate living area, away from the open-plan space, is popular - as a quiet space for parents, or indeed teenagers, or as a playroom for younger children.
Originally the second floor was planned as one large master suite. This has now been divided into one small double room, and a still decent-sized master bedroom, with en suite and walk-in wardrobe. It has a hot press and a large floored walk-in attic. All landings in the show houses have incorporated a small home-office area on the first floor landing. The next phase at Barnageeragh Cove will see a launch of three- and four-bed semi-detached homes, with a show house to launch in June.
Address: Barnageeragh Cove, Skerries, Co Dublin
Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402
Viewing: Today, 2.30-4pm