New home view: Just seven gothic-styles up for grabs in port town
Auburn Avenue, Drogheda, Co Meath Asking price: €390,000-€425,000 Agent: Thomas Byrne Auctioneers (041) 983 2927
This is billed as Drogheda's first new house launch since 2008 and obviously working on the dictum that small is beautiful - there are just seven houses in this development from NewKey Homes, which is off the Dublin road just past the turnoff for Laytown beach in north Meath.
Indeed, Mornington and Bettystown beaches are also in the vicinity so water lovers will have plenty to do. All are west-facing.
These detached properties are marketed at the trader-uppers and the developer has decided to give purchasers the option of the four or five-bed version, depending on their space needs.
It brings the square footage from 1,750 to 2,150 and essentially means the difference in converting the top floor or not.
I had a look around the almost-ready showhouse earlier this week and thought that the five-bed, which will be priced at €425,000 (the four-bed standard is €390,000), was probably worth the extra punt. Converting it later would be more expensive in my view.
The extra space upstairs gives two full rooms - a full-height bedroom and study/den/playroom and bathroom. It would also make a great teenage/student hangout as it's virtually self-contained.
Downstairs there is a kitchen/dining room from McNally on the ground floor with hi-gloss units, breakfast bar/island with granite countertop and French doors leading out to the patio which will be built with the same colour brick as the kitchen floor, giving it a 'room inside/outside' feel.
Between this and the living room, there are sliding hardwood doors rather than inward-opening ones. The living room has an inset electric fire and there is a separate small playroom to the front of the house.
A utility, WC and cloakroom complete this floor. There is an oak spindle staircase leading upstairs to the first floor which has four bedrooms, one ensuite with a dramatic gothic-style window and vaulted ceiling in the master room.
The A3 energy rating is from PV panels, double-glazed windows and a gas-condensing boiler with heat recovery system. The exterior is in a grey-brick clad with cream plaster render which builder Ronan O'Reilly tells me is imported from Belgium. Drives are cobblelock.
He is most precise about the landscaping in the development which will see trees and shrubbery planted. Gardens will be levelled and seeded with high brick walls separating properties to the rear. Local schools include a Gaelscoil, Educate Together and a number of primary and second-level schools.
Baltrasna and Bettystown Links golf courses are in the vicinity. Motorway access is around 9km to the M1/M50 and one of the biggest employers in the area is Coca Cola.
Viewing is this weekend Saturday and Sunday from 2-5pm.