Commanding views of Wicklow coast
Sessile Oaks, Wicklow Town, Co Wicklow
The sessile oak may be the unofficial emblem for Wales, but across the Irish Sea, we claim it as Ireland's national tree.
For centuries, this oak has been harvested across Europe for its fine timber, its patterning and durability making it popular for use in cabinetmaking and flooring.
All this harvesting has made the once widespread species less common, though it does grow in hilly national parks such as those in Killarney in Kerry and Glenveagh in Donegal, as well as the Glen of the Downs nature reserve in Wicklow.
It is in the latter county, dubbed The Garden of Ireland, that the sessile oak has served as an inspiration for a new residential development in Wicklow Town on an elevated site on Ballyguile Road that commands views over Wicklow harbour and the coast.
There will ultimately be 28 two, three and four-bed homes at Sessile Oaks when it's finished.
The first 11 units were released earlier this month and six are still available. The properties are being sold off the plans, with the first completions scheduled for October. Prices at the scheme, which is being built by Krow Developments, start at €255,000 for an 840 sq ft two-bed.
A 1,170 sq ft three-bed is €285,000, while a four-bed semi-detached home measuring 1,200 sq ft costs from €312,000. There are a variety of sizes for each house style.
The exteriors of the homes are finished in half brick and half render. There is a seeded lawn to the front and back, where the garden is south-facing.
Interior finishes include an LED-electric fireplace with a built-in surround, as well as built-in wardrobes in the bedrooms and fully tiled bathrooms and ensuites.
The properties will have an A3 BER courtesy of energy-saving features such as an air-to-water heat pump and a heat recovery ventilation unit.
Commuters to Dublin who buy at Sessile Oaks can travel the 50km to the capital from the Wicklow Town train station or avail of the 133 bus, which will have a stop outside the development.
Enquiries to: O'Farrell Lynch Estates (01) 5390500.