All at Sea: Greystones units come with different layouts
Seagreen Greystones, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €530,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 667 1888
Greystones was a sleepy fishing village until the 1970s, when the Co Wicklow coastal spot saw its first wave of housing estates. Another construction boom followed during the Celtic Tiger, and the third and current housing boom has coincided with the fast-growing town becoming one of the most desirable areas in the greater Dublin commuter belt.
Greystones, home of the vegetarian/vegan brand The Happy Pear, is now a fashionable destination for health-conscious, sea-loving house-hunters. At the new marina, just down the hill from the SeaGreen development, residents can work off their lunch at one of a multitude of eateries by doing the cliff walk from Greystones to Bray Head.
Local developer Wood Group Homes originally launched SeaGreen in the spring of 2016, on an elevated site off Chapel Road at Blacklion, where the homes enjoy dramatic views over the coastline and the Irish Sea. In one of the first zany marketing stunts of the post-crash era, the selling agents hired people dressed up as sailors to direct the hordes of house-hunters to the scheme. The developer then followed up last year with a sister scheme called SeaGreen Gate across the road.
Two new four-bed semi-detached showhouses will open this weekend at SeaGreen itself to market a release of 10 homes from the Valentine design. Each of the houses measures 1,640 sq ft and costs from €530,000.
While both of the two-storey showhouses are the same size, the ground floor is laid out differently at each property to show prospective purchasers the two layouts available to them. One showhouse has a rear open-plan kitchen/diner that spans the full width of the house, creating space for a kitchen island, and a living room up front.
The second ground floor option is a smaller kitchen/diner with a sliding partition to a rear family room - with a separate living room to the front. Upstairs, both styles have four bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - and a family bathroom.
The facade of the Valentine has a canopy dividing the render finish to the top half and the brick to the bottom half. Unusually for a home in a new development, there is a veranda around the front footpath, which like the sloped driveway, is finished in cobblelock natural stone paving. To the rear, fencing encloses the garden and paved patio.
Interior finishes include a Hampton-style painted kitchen with Italian quartz worktops, all from Nolan Kitchens. The kitchen is fitted with under-cabinet lighting and either AEG or Electrolux appliances. There are classic painted wardrobes to all the bedrooms.
Buyers also have a choice of feature fireplaces and insets in the reception rooms. The front living room can be fitted with a Devonshire limestone fireplace that incorporates a log-effect gas fire, or purchasers can have a two-sided, log-effect DRU Metro Tunnel Eco Wave gas inset separating the living and dining spaces. There is also a range of three paint colours for the internal walls for buyers to choose from and a tiling allowance for the walls and floors of the kitchen and bathrooms. The window shutters, wainscoting and wall panelling displayed in the showhouses are also an optional extra.
The A2-rated homes are equipped with a gas-fired heating system that, coupled with a solar-powered system, provides heat and hot water on demand. Buyers can upgrade to an A1 BER by having PV panels installed on the roof to generate top-up power supplies.
SeaGreen will eventually comprise 180 three, four and five-bed homes, all set within 3.3 acres of amenity lands spread across seven separate areas of open space. Family buyers at SeaGreen don't have too far to go for the school run - there are three schools within a short walk: Greystones Educate Together and Gaelscoil na gCloch Liath are 400m away, and the new Temple Carrig secondary school in Blacklion is 500m away.
SeaGreen is about a 20-minute walk from Greystones Dart station, from where the train to Dublin winds its way around the picturesque coastline.
The new showhouses are open tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm.