Wednesday 18 September 2019

Drum' rolls out the red carpet with 30 maritime-themed abodes

Drumnigh Manor Portmarnock, Co Dublin

Asking price: €515,000-€650,000

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402

The exterior of the properties
The exterior of the properties
The dining/living area
The living room

Drumnigh Wood, a gated community in Portmarnock, was built at the height of the Celtic Tiger and counted pop stars amongst its residents. Former Westlife star Brian McFadden and his then-wife Kerry Katona had a six-bed home with a cinema room and pitch-and-putt course at Drumnigh Wood until 2005, when the couple put the 4,700-sq ft neo-Georgian pile on the market for €2.5m after splitting the previous year.

The estate was dubbed Portmarnock's answer to Abington in Malahide. During the Tiger years, buyers included Boyzone star Ronan Keating and his then-wife Yvonne, Georgina Ahern and husband Nicky Byrne - also of Westlife fame - and footballer Robbie Keane and his wife Claudine.

Beside Drumnigh Wood, off the eponymous Drumnigh Road, Shannon Homes is building 200 three, four and five-bed homes at a new scheme that is launching for the first time today. The properties at Drumnigh Manor, which are a tad more modest than their boom-era neighbours, will be set within 10.4 acres of landscaped open spaces.

The first release consists of 30 homes. Prices start at €515,000 for a three-bed house, which is available in a mid-terraced or semi-detached style, with sizes ranging from 1,184 sq ft to 1,582 sq ft. The four-bed end-of-terrace and semi-detached houses, which measure between 1,690 sq ft and 1,711 sq ft, are priced from €560,000, while the five-bed semis cost from €650,000 and have between 2,088 sq ft and 2,153 sq ft of accommodation.

The slew of house types at Drumnigh Manor all have maritime-themed names. The Coast, the Shore, the Reef and the Tide, all designs of three-storey four-bed end-of-terrace properties, have a study on the top floor. Meanwhile, the Crest and the Moorings are three-storey, three-bed terraced/semi-detached styles with a second family room to the front of the first floor.

The Bay, the Cliff and the Yacht, all three-bed semi-detached house types, are double-fronted and laid out across two floors. The Links, another three-bed semi-detached design, is also a two-storey style, but has its main entrance to one side. The Beach and the Coral are four-bed semis with two floors and an L-shaped layout, while the Martello is a two-storey four-bed detached type with a study on the ground floor.

One of the largest house styles at Drumnigh Manor is the Cove. This five-bed semi-detached design has 2,163 sq ft of living space spread across three floors. The Cove is a side-entry style, which frees up space to the front for a dual-aspect living room with two bay windows.

To the rear, there is a large kitchen with an island unit and glazed doors out to the back garden. A utility room and a guest lavatory complete the downstairs accommodation.

The turning staircase in the middle of the Cove leads to the first floor, where there are two bedrooms and a family bathroom.

To the front of the first floor is a second family lounge with three windows that could also be used as a fifth bedroom. The second floor is home to two large ensuite bedrooms.

The houses have a façade finished in a combination of buff-coloured clay brick and off-white render, with natural granite to the windowsills and concrete tiles to the roof.

There is a canopy over the grey-toned engineered timber front door, while the UPVC windows throughout have extra sound insulation. There is permeable paving and soft planting to the front garden and a paved patio to the back garden.

Nolan Kitchens supplied the handle-less painted kitchen and quartz worktops, while the fitted bedroom wardrobes come from BeSpace. The bathrooms and ensuites have heated towel rails, sanitaryware, and full tiling to the floors and partial tiling to the walls. The ensuites have contemporary-style shower enclosures with fitted shower screens.

The A2-rated houses have provision for an electric car charging point to the front and are equipped with a Daikin air-to-water heat pump for heating and hot water.

Viewings of the Drumnigh Manor showhouse will be held from 12pm to 2pm today and from 2.30pm to 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.

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