Friday 18 October 2019

Commuters the target for launch in Meath village

Berford Duleek, Co Meath

Asking price: €275,000-€298,950

Agent: Shane Black Property (041) 981 0848

The exterior of the houses at Berford
The exterior of the houses at Berford
One of the bedrooms
The kitchen dining area comes with high gloss units and overlooks the garden

One of the wayside monuments that dot the Co Meath village of Duleek is the Berford Cross, which was erected by William Moore, a wealthy landowner from Downstown, in memory of his wife Thomasina Berford, who died in 1635.

The cross stood along the village's Downstown Road until the middle of the 18th century, when it was relocated to Duleek's churchyard in the first of a series of moves. It was moved to its present site, at Mill Hill on the east side of the village, in 1981, and has remained there since.

Berford, a new development that launched in the village last weekend, takes its name from Berford Cross and is aimed at buyers commuting to Drogheda, which is 8km away, and to Dublin, a 40km-journey. The majority of the 200 house-hunters who attended the first viewings at the weekend were prospective buyers living in north Dublin, according to the selling agent.

Berford, which will have 50 three and four-bed homes when it's complete, is being developed by Ashcroft Property Development, which moved on to the Duleek scheme after wrapping up sales of its 44 homes at Eastham Square in Bettystown.

Of the 19 properties released at Berford last weekend, 13 are still for sale. Prices start at €275,000 for a three-bed semi-detached home measuring 1,194 sq ft, while the four-bed version, which has 1,410 sq ft of living space, is priced from €298,950. For buyers who expect to require more space in the future, the houses are fitted with attic trusses to facilitate an upward extension at a later date.

The front exterior of each home is finished with brickwork from Country Manor's Heritage Blend range and there is granite to the windowsills. The grey Ultratech front door in the recessed front porch complements the grey-framed windows. The front driveway has permeable block paving from Tobermore and space for two cars, with hedging separating the off-street parking from the driveways of neighbouring properties.

Internally, the layout of the ground floor, which has high ceilings throughout, consists of a formal living room up front, a utility room and guest lavatory in the middle, and a kitchen/diner to the rear. Large double-glazed French doors open out from the latter space to the back garden. The high-gloss kitchen is fitted with countertops, under-counter lighting, and units with soft-close doors and drawers.

There is a useful storage space underneath the contemporary-style staircase, which has a walnut handrail. The first floor is home to a large master bedroom with an ensuite, a family bathroom, and the other bedrooms. All the bedrooms are fitted with wardrobes from Cawleys Furniture's Curragh Deluxe range.

The tiled bathrooms, ensuites and downstairs WC come with sanitaryware from Ideal Standard and heated chrome towel rails.

The A3-rated homes at Berford have PV panels and are wired for an electric car charging point. The high-efficiency Vokera gas boiler system provides heating that can be controlled within three separate zones in each house, while an Aereco demand-driven mechanical extract ventilation system extracts moist air from rooms such as the ensuite and supplies fresh air to the living spaces.

For family buyers, there are several primary schools and secondary schools within a 10-minute drive from Berford, while the beaches at Laytown and Bettystown are a 15-minute drive away. Amenities in Duleek itself include pharmacies, playgrounds, creche facilities, shops, a health centre, a pub, and a GAA club. Duleek is located between the N2 and M1 motorways, with the M50 Finglas junction within a 25-minute drive in light traffic.

Viewings at Berford will continue tomorrow and Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm.

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