All roads Point to Boyne estuary
Braghan Point Baltray, Co Louth
Asking price: €475,000-€595,000
Agent: REA O'Brien Collins (041) 987 5444
Outside Baltray, a Co Louth village at the mouth of the River Boyne, two standing stones set nine metres apart overlook the Boyne estuary and the Irish Sea. The megaliths are believed to have been erected to align with the winter solstice sunrise.
In more recent history, the one-time fishing village became known as the home of the County Louth Golf Club - better known as Baltray. The links course, situated on the northern shore of the Boyne estuary, was where Shane Lowry won the Irish Open ten years ago.
Close to the Baltray course, Bennett Homes is building 27 four and five-bed detached family homes at Braghan Point, a new development that sits high above the village, its sandy beaches, and its natural wildfowl conservation area. The large contemporary-style coastal homes were designed to appeal to young families trading up from the locality or from North County Dublin.
There are seven houses in the initial phase of Braghan Point, which launched last weekend. Prices start at €475,000 for a four-bed bungalow spanning 1,636 sq ft, with the starting price for a four/five-bed home measuring between 2,164 sq ft and 2,196 sq ft rising to €525,000. The largest style in this tranche is the A-type five-bed design; it has 2,573 sq ft of living space and is priced from €595,000.
The A design has a two-toned painted render finish: one half of the exterior is painted white and there is a dark grey to the other half. The latter colour matches the anthracite grey-framed double-glazed windows and PVC front door, all of which were supplied by Munster Joinery. There is uPVC to the windowsills and above the glazed porch. The front driveway is paved in cobble-lock and is set beside a landscaped front garden.
The layout at the double-fronted five-bed style is unusual for a new-build - there is a front en-suite bedroom off one side of the hallway, while the formal, dual-aspect sitting room is off to the right.
The open-plan kitchen/dining/living area sits in a rear single-storey extension. This triple-aspect space has vaulted ceilings and French doors that lead out to a granite-paved patio and to a landscaped back garden that is surrounded by timber fencing. Buyers have a choice of colours for the fitted kitchen from Kube Kitchens and have a selection of quartz worktops and upstands to choose from. In the living room, the fireplace has been designed to facilitate a solid-fuel stove.
A central turning staircase that makes the most of the glazed extra-high hallway leads to the upstairs bedrooms - all of which have fitted wardrobes in a choice of colours - and to the main bathroom. The master bedroom to the rear comes with walk-in wardrobes and an ensuite.
Purchasers also have a tiling allowance of €2,500 for the downstairs guest lavatory, the main bathroom, and the ensuites, all of which come with Sonas sanitaryware. There are vanity units and heated towel rails to the bathroom and ensuites. The latter are fitted with extra-large shower trays and rain showerheads.
The homes at Braghan Point were designed to achieve an A3 BER. Air-to-water heating was installed at each property to supply underfloor heating to the ground floor and to the radiators on the first floor.
Drogheda is a five-minute drive inland from Baltray and Drogheda train station is 8km away. The M1 motorway is within a ten-minute drive from Braghan Point, while the M50 is a 40-minute drive away.
Viewings of the scheme will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday and on Saturday, June 9, between 2pm and 4pm. Viewings outside those times can be arranged by appointment.