Final phase of A2-rated four-bed houses north of commuter belt
An Rian Drogheda, Co Louth
Asking price: From €295,000
Agent: REA O'Brien Collins (041) 987 5444
When property prices in Dublin became prohibitive for first-time buyers during the Celtic Tiger, Drogheda became a destination for purchasers willing to put in a 50km-commute in return for owning a home.
But at An Rian, a new development on the northern side of Drogheda, purchases to date have been dominated by local first-time buyers, such as medical professionals working at the town's Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, according to the selling agent.
The scheme of 17 three and four-bed family houses launched a year ago off the Termonfeckin Road, in the townland of Newtownstalaban.
The properties are being built around a central green space by Lorrac Developments, a 30-year-old Drogheda-based company owned by brothers Jimmy and Brendan Carroll.
The final phase of An Rian went on the market earlier this month, just as the property selling season began to wind up ahead of the sector's traditional winter break.
The last phase consists of six four-bed semi-detached dormer bungalows, each measuring 1,550 sq ft and priced from €295,000. The four-bed semi showhouse is also for sale, with a price-tag of €325,000.
The four-bed dormers are from the type D range, the main house style at An Rian. The front exterior of this contemporary version of the dormer design has one first-floor dormer window protruding from the roof and brick detail around the ground-floor window, which has anthracite grey-coloured frames.
A slate canopy hangs over an olive-green front door that also has brick detail either side.
The front cobblelock driveway is flanked by planted shrubbery, which acts as a boundary to the neighbouring drive. There is a timber gate to the landscaped side and rear garden, all of which are enclosed by a combination of concrete blockwork and timber panel fencing.
Upon entering the house, there is a hallway with a marble-effect tiled floor that continues to the rear of the home, where a bright kitchen/diner with a breakfast bar is situated.
The kitchen extension has a sloped ceiling with a rooflight over the dining space and French doors that lead from the dining area to the back garden, which has a seeded lawn.
Buyers have a choice of fitted units for the kitchen, which comes with integrated appliances such as a cooker, a hob, and a dishwasher.
There is a washing machine and a fridge freezer in the utility room, which has its own door to the rear garden. Purchasers also have a tiling allowance for the floors and wet areas of the kitchen, bathrooms and ensuites.
Immediately off the hallway is the front sitting room, which has built-in shelving that would be ideal for a media wall, and there is a guest WC straight ahead.
But where An Rian stands out is the flexible layout for the middle of the downstairs accommodation: in the showhouse, this space is fitted out as a study with its own ensuite shower, but purchasers could use it as a ground-floor ensuite bedroom.
Upstairs, there are three bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, and a family bathroom.
All the homes are painted throughout and were designed to achieve an A2 BER, thanks - in part - to energy-saving features such as a heat pump for the air-to-water heating system.
There are about 12 primary and second-level schools within a 4km radius of An Rian. Motorists can reach Dublin along the M1 in less than an hour, traffic permitting.
Viewings at An Rian are by appointment.