One in a Rahillion on show
Rahillion Donabate, Co Dublin
Asking price: €610,000
Agent: Dillon Marshall New Homes, (01) 4967574
The beaches on the hammerhead-shaped Donabate peninsula were bursting with day-trippers cooling down during the summer heatwave. But a growing cohort are choosing to settle down for good in the scenic north Dublin coastal town.
A slew of housebuilders has emerged to cater for demand from buyers eager to set up home in Donabate. Roxtip, owned by Bernard McNamara, who was one of the country's biggest developers before going bust in 2012, is building Kingsland in the town. Moran Park Homebuilders, meanwhile, is developing 31 homes at a scheme called Glaslinn that launched in February, and Hora Homes is building Beresford on Turvey Avenue.
About 1km from Portrane beach, on the northern spit of the peninsula, Ballisk Homes launched Rahillion last summer. Given that the final phase of 27 homes at Rahillion went on the market earlier this month, Ballisk is now putting the largest of its three showhouses, a five-bed detached home, up for sale. The fully furnished showhouse has 2,110 sq ft on three floors and is priced at €610,000.
Rahillion, which is being built at the back of the boom-era Carrs Mill estate, is named after the townland it's located in: Rahillion is the English translation for Ráth Chuilinn, which comes from the Irish words for "ringfort" and "holly". It is beside a five-acre park on the banks of Rogerstown tidal estuary.
There will be 82 three, four and five-bed homes when it's finally finished next year. The full-brick front of the five-bed showhouse is faced in a warm Birtley Olde English Buff brick, with granite stone to the sills, surrounds and reveals of the high-performance windows, as well as to the stringcourse. The result, which incorporates a bank of bay windows, lends a heritage look to the façade.
"Fashions come and go, so the developer tried to create something that is classic in style - but with some modern twists - so that it would age well," says selling agent Damien Dillon.
There is a nod to the showhouse's maritime location in the form of a feature porthole window to the second floor's pitched roof. There is a dormer window on the other side of the roof, and two dormer windows to the rear of the roof.
Out front, there is a granite-paved driveway with enough space to park two cars. To the rear, there is a patio, a paved path leading to a pergola through the landscaped back garden, and a full-length side garden with planted trees.
The front living room has the same herringbone wood flooring as the hall, space for two large sofas, and a wall of mirrored-backed fitted cabinetry. The centrepiece of this wall is the TV unit.
Dillon says: "You can't really have a fireplace anymore due to the building energy regulations, so there's a TV unit instead. People once used to sit around the fire but now they sit around the TV, and I don't think anyone who viewed the houses missed the fireplace."
Double doors lead from the living room to the kitchen/dining/lounge area that overlooks the garden via rear French doors. The mushroom-toned fitted kitchen is supplied by Navan-based CBK Design, as is the island unit, which has the same quartz countertops as the kitchen units.
Underneath the turning staircase is an angular-shaped guest lavatory. Upstairs, there is a family bathroom and three bedrooms on the first floor. One of those three rooms is the master bedroom, which has walk-through wardrobes that lead to an en suite. Unusually, the utility room, fitted out by CBK Design, is also situated on the first floor.
"The developer did that to open up more room downstairs," Dillon says. "It's been very, very well received because it's easier than bringing all your laundry downstairs."
The second floor is home to two further bedrooms, a lavatory and a cosy informal sitting room with slanted ceilings that looks over the porthole window. There are fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms and heated towel rails in the en suites. The bathrooms are tiled and equipped with sanitaryware, including floating vanity units to save on floor space.
Prospective buyers moving from older properties should be able to cut their energy bills at the A3-rated house, which features an air-to-water heat pump, low U-value windows and doors that prevent heat escaping from the rooms.
The showhouse will likely appeal to families - especially those who like to golf: Rahillion is within a 10-minute drive of The Island, Corballis Links, Beaverstown and Balcarrick golf clubs, as well as Newbridge Demesne, an 18th-century Georgian mansion set on a 370-acre public estate with a model farm, landscaped parklands, a cafe and a playground.
Families with young children should have no excuse for being late for school: there are two primary schools next door, namely St Patrick's Boys' National School and Scoil Phádraic Cailíní. The scheme is also a 10-minute walk from the Donabate Portrane Educate Together national school and the Donabate Community College secondary school.
Rahillion is a few minutes' walk to the centre of Donabate. The village's train station is a 20-minute walk, and there are 26 daily rail services to and from Donabate. Access to the M1 is nearby, while Dublin Airport is 12km away and Dublin city centre is 20km to the south.
Also for sale at Rahillion are the development's final three three-bed semi-detached houses, which are priced from €415,000, and the four-bed semi-detached showhouse, a two-storey property now on the market at €490,000.
Viewings of the five-bed showhouse are by appointment.