Don't miss the train as last lot is released at Portmarnock scheme
Station Manor Portmarnock, Co Dublin
Asking price: €540,000-€685,000
Agent: DNG New Homes, (01) 4912600
The railway theme resonates strongly at Station Manor, a new Portmarnock development across from the coastal village's train station: all the house types are named after train stations from Heuston and Clarke to Connolly and Kent.
The north Dublin village, which is famed for the 8km-long Velvet Strand and the views across to Lambay Island and Ireland's Eye, is a hive of building activity these days, as developers cater to buyers priced out of suburbs closer to the city. For instance, Sean Mulryan's Ballymore Group, which launched Drumnigh Wood in Portmarnock in 2002, is building 101 homes at St Marnock's Bay in the village.
Last year, developer Regency, which is funded by Bain Capital Credit, launched the first units of the 62 houses and 51 apartments it's building at Station Manor. The scheme is 15km away from Dublin city centre - a journey that typically takes up to 20 minutes by DART - and 10km from Dublin Airport.
The development's proximity to both Portmarnock train station and the airport has made its four and five-bed houses popular among returning emigrants who frequently fly overseas and also want a quick commute by public transport to their offices in the Docklands.
"The transport links have been the key decision-maker for them - they like that Station Manor is directly opposite the DART station," says selling agent Gareth Noone. "The three-beds were all sold to first-time buyers who had been living within a 2km radius of Portmarnock, in areas like Swords and Kinsealy."
A new four-bed showhouse will open at Station Manor the weekend after this to mark the release of the last 22 four and five-bed houses at the scheme. Prices range from €540,000 to €620,000 for the four-bed terraced and semi-detached properties, while the five-bed semis, which measure 1,840 sq ft, cost from €685,000.
The new showhouse is from the Ballycastle house type, which is available in a mid-terraced or end-of-terrace design and has 1,510 sq ft of accommodation spread across three floors. Designed by O'Mahony Pike Architects, the timber-framed houses from this range have a brick-and-render façade, as well as UPVC double-glazed windows from Munster Joinery throughout. There is a grey entrance door to the recessed porch and a dormer window protruding from the top floor.
Inside, there is a living room with a bay window up front, a guest WC in the centre of the ground floor, and a kitchen/diner to the rear. The hand-painted kitchen comes with Silestone worktops and an island unit, and integrated appliances are thrown in for free if contracts are signed on time. A set of French doors flanked by glazed panels opens from the dining area to a rear garden enclosed by post-and-panel fencing. Off the kitchen is a utility room with a countertop and a storage unit.
The first floor is home to three bedrooms - one of which is en suite - and a family bathroom. The master suite is located on the second floor. All the bedrooms come with BeSpace wardrobes with soft-close hinges, while the Stone Emporium supplied the tiling throughout the bathroom and two en suites.
A heat recovery ventilation system has been installed in each of the A-rated houses to allow for the continuous removal of stale moist air from the kitchen, bathroom and en suites. An A-rated gas condensing boiler provides the energy-efficient heating, which can be controlled for different zones throughout each house, while roof-mounted solar thermal panels supply hot water.
The Ballycastle showhouse will be open between 2pm and 4pm on September 7 and 8.