The new home view: Latest phase of Howth 'trophy' homes launched
Sinead Ryan and Gabrielle Monaghan examine the latest schemes around the country
Ground floor open-plan family area of new builds is bigger than some apartments.
Thormanby Hill is a development of 30 detached 'trophy' homes high on the hill of Howth summit. Adjacent to 2.5ac of woodland on the Thormanby Road, it's safe to say they aren't pitched at the first-time buyer.
With nine launched last May, the next eight now come to market.
Prices start at €1.475m so the cost reflects the size, location and quality of the build, which is from Cosgraves.
Each sits on a third of an acre and measures 3,358 sq ft with five double bedrooms and a number of reception areas.
Exteriors are finished in a traditional cream render exterior with double fronted four-panelled windows to the lower half and three up top, set into granite surrounds.
The front door is inset into a portico with leaded-glass surround.
The staircase is in the centre of the house, which gives the illusion of more space inside. With two similarly sized dual-aspect living rooms off the hall to the left and right, there is also a small study and a guest bathroom further down.
However, the kitchen/dining/ family area, which spans the width of the house to the rear, is the main focal point, again with floor-to-ceiling windows and doors wrapping around it - the cupboards are hand- painted by Cawleys and there are quartz surfaces.
This open-plan living area stretches to 603 sq ft - which is bigger than some new apartments.
There is a long breakfast counter also and a utility room off it. Upstairs are five double bedrooms, three of which are ensuite and the master also has a walk-in wardrobe in walnut from Cawley's. There is a large family bathroom also.
Outside, the garden has been landscaped with a mixture of paving, pebbles and shrubbery, with low stone-cut walls and shaped hedging marking out boundaries along with a patio. Cosgraves typically puts great store into energy efficiency and this development is no different, with an A3 energy rating, heat recovery ventilation system, low energy windows, PV panels and a highly efficient gas-condensing boiler which is located outside the house.
On site, there is a wooded area with walking/jogging paths, playground and greens.
Viewing is today 1pm-2pm and tomorrow and Sunday 11.30am-1pm.
Malahide Road, Dublin 13
Asking price: From €1.475m Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402