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Family homes for workers willing to tackle Offaly long commute

Silverbrook Tullamore, Co Offaly

Asking price: €259,000-€379,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Lewis Hamill (052) 932 0862


The Silverbrook development in Tullamore has been popular with commuters to Dublin and Athlone

The Silverbrook development in Tullamore has been popular with commuters to Dublin and Athlone

Silverbrook detached

Silverbrook detached

Silverbrook lounge

Silverbrook lounge


The Silverbrook development in Tullamore has been popular with commuters to Dublin and Athlone

Silverbrook, the first large residential development to launch in Tullamore since 2007, has proved popular with couples commuting by train or car to Dublin - some 100km away - or to Athlone, as well as with buyers who work at local employers such as the Midland Regional Hospital.

The 200-home scheme, which launched in Offaly's county town in September, is a 1km walk from the hospital, which employs over 1,000 people, and a ten-minute drive from access to the M6 - which runs between Galway and Dublin - at Kilbeggan.

Codd Property Holdings is developing Silverbrook's three- and four-bed houses off Arden Road, close to Eiscir Meadows, an estate started during the boom.

Silverbrook is named after the Silver river that flows from the Slieve Bloom Mountains in the south of Offaly; the scheme's house types are also named after rivers.

When it's finished, Silverbrook will be set amid landscaped communal open spaces and will incorporate a picnic area, a playground and a sports playing field.

There are four houses still for sale from the initial phase of 24 semi-detached and detached homes that launched in September, but a second phase is due to be released in April.

Prices for the current tranche start at a range of €259,000 to €269,000 for the Barrow, a 1,304 sq ft three-bed semi.

The Slaney, a four-bed semi spanning 1,532 sq ft, is priced from €289,000, while the Brosna - a detached version of the Slaney with the same amount of living space - costs from €339,000.

The largest and most expensive house type for sale is the Clodiagh, a double-fronted four-bed detached style with 1,765 sq ft of accommodation and a price-tag of €379,000.

The scheme was designed by C&W O'Brien Architects, a Dublin-based practice that was also behind Eiscir Meadows.

The timber-framed properties are finished in a self-coloured monocouche render, with brick facing to the trim, concrete roof tiles, and high-performance double-glazed PVC windows throughout. All the homes have front bay windows.

There is enough space to park two cars in the cobble-locked driveways. To the rear, glazed patio doors lead onto a garden that's enclosed by fair-faced block walls.

Inside, the homes are painted, and there is a bay window to the front living room. Fitzgerald Kitchens supplied the floor-to-ceiling kitchen units and the centre island, which comes with Corian countertops. The kitchen/diner also includes a space for a media area that would be ideal for parents to keep an eye on their kids while cooking dinner.

The stairs that leads to the first floor has timber wall panelling and a half-landing. Upstairs, the bathroom and ensuites are designed around contemporary clean lines and are fitted with sanitaryware and tiling. There is a shower room to the master bedroom.

A high-efficiency, split-system air-to-water heat pump provides the heating and hot water, and there is wiring for an electric car charging point to the front. The homes are either A2 or A3.

Tullamore is just an hour's drive from the M50 when traffic is light. Silverbrook is a few minutes' drive from Tullamore train station, with the rail journey to Heuston Station taking around 55 minutes. The Athlone Town Centre shopping centre is a 30-minute drive away.

Viewings are by appointment.

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