Commuters will go the distance in semi-rural villages
Castlechurch, Newcastle, Co Dublin; Croftwell, Rathcoole, Co Dublin
Newcastle and Rathcoole, the Co Dublin semi-rural villages that once sat on the edge of the Pale, have increasingly become popular home-buying destinations for Dubliners priced out of the capital.
The commuter-belt villages have become especially popular for bargain-seeking house-hunters since the opening in 2011 of an extension of the Luas red line from Tallaght to Saggart.
Castlechurch and Croftwell, two developments just 4km apart in Newcastle and Rathcoole, respectively, are both within a five-minute drive from the Saggart Luas stop. This weekend will see the initial launch of Castlechurch, a new scheme near the centre of Newcastle village, and the final phase of Croftwell, which is situated just 150m from the Rathcoole thatched pub An Poitín Stil.
Castlechurch will eventually consist of 70 three, four and five-bed houses overlooking landscaped green areas, of which 20 are being released tomorrow.
The three-beds are priced from €299,000, while the four-bed semi-detached properties cost from €365,000. The entrance to the new estate, being developed by Barina New Homes, will eventually be flanked by two five-bed detached homes.
The facades of the traditional-style two-storey properties are finished in a mix of brick and render, with extra-large uPVC double-glazed windows to make the most of sunlight.
Sleek modern kitchen have handless soft-close doors and under-cabinet lighting. There's a separate utility room.
The fitted bedroom wardrobes are in a contemporary shaker style.
Bathrooms have stylish sanitary ware with sleek mono-block chrome fittings, high quality tiles to floor and wet area walls, shower enclosures fitted in ensuites and heated towel rails.
The central-heating system is an innovative heat pump providing energy-efficient heating and hot water to the home with thermostatically controlled zones.
Homes benefit from an A3 rating thanks to
• High levels of insulation incorporated into walls, roofs and floors
• High levels of air tightness which will retain heat and minimize exposure to the external elements reducing heat loss
• Windows that are Argon filled with low emissivity coating which during the winter reflects heat back into room reducing radiant heat loss through the glass. The reverse happens during the summer months
• High-performance pipe insulation is used on internal pipework to reduce heat loss.
Three fully furnished show homes at Castlechurch, styled by interior designer Nicola Pollard of Pollard Design, will be on view tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm.
At Croftwell, on Rathcoole's School Road, the last tranche of 14 four-bed semi-detached homes, each measuring 1,800 sq ft and priced from €430,000, is going on sale. Developer Milanville Ltd has released five of these properties. More than 44 three and four-bed homes have sold at Croftwell since it was launched a year ago.
A new showhouse at Croftwell will be open this weekend for the first time, with viewings taking place from 2pm to 5pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Castlechurch enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888
Croftwell enquiries to: REA Coonan (01) 6288400.