Residents have total control in Barnwell
Barnwell Square, Hansfield, Dublin 15
Many an Irish child learned from a young age that one of the worst faux pas you could commit in a family home was to forget to turn off the immersion. Even worse again was forgetting to turn it off and then leaving the house entirely.
Those days are gradually becoming a distant memory. Especially at Barnwell Square, a development of two, three and four-bed family homes near Ongar where all of the properties have been fitted with a Climote system that allows householders remotely control their hot water and heating from anywhere in the world with a smartphone app.
Some 30 houses were sold over just two weekends when the first phase of Barnwell Square was launched in May. To meet rising demand in the commuter belt, the developer is now releasing a second phase, bringing 14 new units to the market.
Construction at Barnwell Hansfield was started in 2007 by the now-defunct Manor Park Homes. The developer, once one of the country's largest, collapsed four years ago with debts of €170m.
Hansfield Investments bought vast tracts of land owned by Manor Park from the developer's receiver and continued building on the site, and the scheme has since been rebranded and relaunched.
The properties currently up for sale are three-bed townhouses and semi-detached properties, all of which are due to be completed in the spring. Sizes range from 1,184 sq ft to 1,205 sq ft, with prices starting at €265,000.
From the outset, the homes appear to be standard-issue three-beds, but their layouts make the most of the available living area; a bright, spacious hallway leads to the sitting room, kitchen and downstairs toilet.
The contemporary-style kitchens, from Kitchen Elegance, feature soft-close doors and satin chrome sockets above the worktops. Upstairs, there is a large master bedroom complete with an ensuite and fitted wardrobes. The second double room is also well proportioned and has fitted wardrobes, while the third bedroom is a "good sized single room", according to the selling agent.
Glass doors from the kitchen lead out on to the back garden and to a patio area paved in Kilsaran Shelbourne buff granite slabs.
The exterior of the properties are either red-brick, ochre clad or cream render, and the cobblelock driveway out front has parking for two cars.
The development, which is set around a landscaped square, is part of Hansfield, which sits to the north of a green belt running west from the Phoenix Park, through Farmleigh, Luttrellstown, Westmanstown and on towards the Carton Estate in Maynooth.
Hansfield, which is about 2.5 miles from the Blanchardstown Centre and four miles from the Phoenix Park, is a huge growth area in west Dublin.
It was designated a strategic development zone by Fingal County Council, which meant schools, roads, transport and amenities were planned before any sods were turned.
Indeed, there are now two new Educate Together schools at Hansfield - a national school and a secondary school. Castaheany Primary School and St Benedict's Primary School are also close by. Prospective buyers at Barnwell Square can commute using the M3 and M50 motorways, the train service from Hansfield Station to the IFSC and the Dublin Docklands, or the Dublin Bus routes on the Ongar Road quality bus corridor.
The show houses will be available for viewing tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm.
Enquiries to: Kelly Walsh (01) 664 5500.