Sunday 20 October 2019

Four-bed mid-terrace build the latest offering at Portmarnock

Dún Sí at St Marnock's Bay Portmarnock, Co Dublin

Asking price: From €630,00

Agent: Savills New Homes (01) 618 1300

The exterior of Dún Sí
The exterior of Dún Sí
One of the reception rooms

When Sean Mulryan's Ballymore Group released houses at St Marnock's Bay off Station Road in Portmarnock in September 2017, house-hunters camped out in their cars for up to three days to bag a home of their choice.

The north Dublin coastal village, famous for its 8km-long Velvet Strand and its views across to Lambay Island and Ireland's Eye, has witnessed a slew of developers catering to buyers priced out of suburbs closer to Dublin city centre.

Regency, which is funded by Bain Capital Credit, is overseeing the construction of 62 houses and 51 apartments at Station Manor, while Shannon Homes launched the first of 200 three, four and five-bed homes at Drumnigh Manor earlier this month. Ballymore is building 101 homes at St Marnock's Bay, while Patrick Durkan's D|RES Properties is constructing 150 houses, apartments and duplexes for Dún Sí at St Marnock's Bay, a new development beside Ballymore's site.

The latter scheme is named after the mound at Dún Sí, near the estuary at Portmarnock. The mound is said to be the burial place of Maine, the son of Queen Medb of Connacht and King Ailill.

One of the reception rooms
One of the reception rooms

The first tranche of 26 houses at Dún Sí came on stream on March 9, with prices starting at €490,000 for a three-bed mid-terraced style with 1,201 sq ft of living space and at €500,000 for a three-bed semi-detached version of the same size. However, a new showhouse, fitted out by Optimise Design, opened at Dún Sí the weekend before last to market a new two-storey, four-bed mid-terraced style called The Curlew.

This contemporary-style design extends over 1,636 sq ft and is priced from €630,000.

Eight of these homes, which form part of the first phase at Dún Sí, went on release earlier this month.

The Curlew houses are set in a crescent shape around a landscaped central park and have either a west-facing or a south-facing garden.

The front cobblelocked driveway, which has enough space to accommodate two cars, is separated from neighbouring driveways by railings. There is landscaping with shrubbery to the front of the house, which is finished with render, a mottled Kingscourt mosa brick, and a recessed grey front door. There is also grey to the frames of the high-performance Auraplus triple-glazed windows from Rationel.

Inside the Curlew, there are 2.7m-high ceiling heights.

Up front is a large living room, while the rear of the ground floor is home to a kitchen/dining/living area with a good-sized utility room and glass doors to the patio and back garden.

The German-made kitchen, supplied by Kube Interiors, comes with handle-less super-matt lacquered doors, a quartz worktop and splashback, a pull-out recycling centre, and LED mood lighting to the wall units. Neff appliances are provided if signed contracts are returned within 21 days.

Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms, including the master ensuite, as well as a single bedroom and a family bathroom. BeSpace supplied the built-in handle-less bedroom wardrobes. The bathrooms and ensuites are fitted with sanitaryware from Ideal Standard, large-format floor and wall tiles, a mirrored wall cabinet, bath or shower screens, and heated towel rails.

Additional interior finishes include contemporary-style wall panelling, as well as an oak handrail and recessed lighting to the stairs.

The A3-rated houses have a centralised demand-control ventilation system that removes moisture from wet areas such as the bathrooms and kitchen.

An energy efficient air-to-water heat pump system supplies the heating and hot water to the homes, which are also pre-wired for an electric car charging point.

Dún Sí is just a three-minute walk from Portmarnock Dart station, with the rail journey to Dublin city centre taking less than half an hour.

Viewings at Dún Sí will take place from 11am to 1pm tomorrow.

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