Family homes close to Portmarnock's famous Velvet Strand
St Marnock's Bay, Portmarnock, Co Dublin
Portmarnock is reputedly named after St Marnock, a contemporary of St Patrick who settled along the North Dublin coastline. Sixteen centuries later, the Jameson family of distillery fame arrived at the coastal town and set up a private golf course that was one of the first in Ireland.
This weekend, the seaside town will welcome would-be settlers of a different kind, with house-buyers expected to turn out in their droves to the launch of a new development called St Marnock's Bay.
House-hunters keen on a family home near the town's famous Velvet Strand have had their appetites whetted for weeks by a marketing blitz for the development that's taken in everything from a radio campaign to ads on the back of buses and promotions on Instagram.
There will be 101 homes in all at the Ballymore development when it is eventually completed, with a second phase expected to come on stream in September. Wannabe buyers will be able to access the adjoining Dart station directly from the scheme itself and there are plans afoot for a small neighbourhood retail centre.
The first phase of the Station Road development will consist of 33 homes. Depending on the house type chosen by prospective buyers, prices will range between €450,000 to €500,000 for the three-bed version, with four-beds starting at €515,000 to €535,000. The four-bed detached Buttercup type costs from €665,000.
The bespoke kitchens, a Ballymore trademark, have a classical design. In the four-bed Thistle house style, there is a multi-media room off the kitchen, but buyers have the option to omit the interconnecting wall and create a larger kitchen.
Viewings at St Marnock's Bay will be held between 12pm-3pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Enquiries to: Savills (01) 9014252 or O'Farrell Cleere (01) 8453377.