Sunday 15 September 2019

Foxbrook's a right royal energy winner

Foxbrook Close Ratoath, Co Meath

Asking price: €650,000

Agent: Sherry FitzGerald Sherry (01) 825 9452


The renaissance of the humble bungalow continues apace, with the developers of Foxbrook Close in the Co Meath commuter village of Ratoath claiming that the new enclave of four dormer bungalows is the first scheme in the Royal County to receive an A1 BER.

The 2,096-sq ft homes, which are selling for €650,000 apiece, are being constructed off the Curragha Road by Ecohouse Developments. As well as achieving a top BER rating, the houses are being built to Nearly Zero Energy Building (NZEB) standards. Under an EU directive, any dwelling in Ireland that received planning permission after March 31, 2019 has to meet these standards, which means that "nearly zero" or a very low amount of the energy required by a house should be covered to a significant extent by energy from renewable sources.

Foxbrook Close was launched last month and there are still two houses for sale. Each of the five-bed detached homes is set on a quarter of an acre, on plots that include front and rear garden and a limestone patio.

The price includes the wainscoting to the entrance hall, other wall panelling, the herringbone-style flooring, and kitchen appliances.

One of the bedrooms is on the ground floor, next to a shower room. The bespoke hand-painted kitchen is made from solid wood.

There are quartz countertops on the units, the kitchen island, as well as to the work surfaces in the utility room. All bedrooms have custom-made floor-to-ceiling wardrobes, while the bathrooms and ensuites have ceramic tiles, underfloor heating and heated chrome towel rails.

Viewings of the showhouse are by appointment.

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