Saturday 26 May 2018

Branch out of life in the city

  • The Willows, Dunshaughlin, Co Meath Asking price: €323,000-€365,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402 and Dillon Auctioneers (01) 8259154

The dining/kitchen area in the Willows
The dining/kitchen area in the Willows
One of the double bedrooms at The Willows
The Willows hallway

With tight supply in Dublin compelling house-hunters to camp out all week to be first in line for a home at today's launch of a new phase of the Beechwood development in Hansfield, it's no surprise that other prospective house purchasers are joining the boom era-style exodus from the capital to the commuter belt.

Dunshauglin, a 20-minute drive away from Hansfield, across the Co Meath border, continues to draw first-time buyers and young families. The village is just 34km from the capital, but offers a semi-rural lifestyle with GAA clubs, two primary schools, and the second level Dunshaughlin Community College. The village also appeals to would-be buyers working for nearby employers such as Intel, IBM, Dublin Airport, and Connolly Hospital, and the Blanchardstown Centre.

The scheme of 200 three and four-bed semi-detached homes was launched in September.

A second phase of 40 homes, including new house types, is being released at The Willows this weekend. Prices for the current tranche start at €323,000 for a 1,248 sq ft three-bed, with the 1,463 sq ft four-beds costing from €365,000. The three-bed semis in this phase are called the Killeen, after nearby 800-year-old Killeen Castle, while the four-bed versions are known as the Tara, after the Hill of Tara.

The Willows hallway
The Willows hallway

The houses were designed by McCrossan O'Rourke Manning with growing families in mind: each three-bed has the potential for a future attic conversion and there are plans afoot for an on-site playground.

The homes have traditional brick facades and reconstituted sandstone to the sills and surrounds of the large, white-framed UPVC double-glazed bay windows. There is a slate canopy over the grey hardwood front door and a feature wall light to the entrance. Each house comes with a paved driveway out front with enough parking for two cars, while out back, the garden has timber fencing with a matching side-gate.

At the four-bed Tara style, sliding doors connect the front living room to a kitchen/diner that comes with a kitchen island and a family lounge area near the glazed patio doors. A separate utility room and guest WC complete the downstairs accommodation. Upstairs, the master ensuite fronts on to the first-floor bay window, and there are three further bedrooms and a family bathroom.

The fitted kitchen from BeSpace is in a contemporary style, with integrated LED lighting and soft-close drawer units. BeSpace also supplied the wardrobes. There are recessed LED downlighters and heated towel rails to all the bathrooms; the ensuites have slimline shower trays, glazed shower enclosures and tiling to the wet areas.

The A3-rated homes are heated via a gas condensing boiler, while PV panels on the roof generate electricity from solar energy.

The M3 motorway has significantly reduced travel times into Dublin city centre.

Would-be residents can also commute by rail in less than half an hour from the M3 Parkway, the largest park-and-ride facility in the country, which is 9km from Dunshaughlin. The showhouses are on view today, from 12pm to 3pm. Viewings continue tomorrow and Sunday, between 2.30pm and 4pm.

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