Sunday 17 November 2019

Green Lane's creature comforts with accessible commute to city

Green Lane, Rathcoole, Co Dublin

Asking price: €395,000-€495,000

Agent: Coonan New Homes (01) 6288400

The G1 has its main entry to the side
The G1 has its main entry to the side
The living room
The kitchen/dining area

Gabrielle Monaghan

The southwest Dublin village of Rathcoole is best known for An Poitín Stil, the thatched pub and restaurant built on the site of an inn house that was for centuries a landmark for people making their journey west.

These days, its location - just off the N7 - and the Luas stop at Saggart, just two kilometres away, have made Rathcoole an attractive destination for house buyers who want to live within the confines of Co Dublin and have an accessible commute to the city centre.

One of the most prominent developers catering to this cohort in Rathcoole is Stanley Residential, which built other local schemes such as Peyton, which is located about 350m away from Main Street, Croftwell, and Aubrey Manor.

In April, Stanley began selling 54 homes - mostly three-storey terraced, semi-detached and detached properties set around large open green spaces - off the plans at Green Lane Manor. The new development is located off the eponymous Green Lane in Rathcoole, between the St Anne's Terrace and Blackthorn Hill residential estates and Rathcoole Boys Football Club.

First-time buyers, as well as couples and families trading up from apartments and three-bed semis, have accounted for much of the 41 sales to date. A showhouse finally opened last month and there are 13 properties left to sell at Green Lane Manor.

Prices for remaining homes start at €395,000 for a 1,900 sq ft, four-bed mid-terraced townhouse with a study, while a semi-detached version costs from €455,000. A five-bed detached style with 1,950 sq ft of living space is priced from €475,000 and a five-bed semi overlooking the main green has 2,240 sq ft of accommodation and a starting price tag of €495,000.

There is a one-off house type called the L that boasts one of the most unusual layouts on the new homes market: this five-bed detached 2,390 sq ft property is double-fronted, but there are five sides to the rooms at both ends of its three floors, lending a quirky angular shape to the house. The L design, which is not yet priced, comes with a whopping four parking spaces to target families whose grown-up children have their own cars.

Designed by architectural firm McGrane & Partners, all the houses have either a red or yellow brick façade and granite to the sills of the Munster Joinery windows. All the four and five-bed semi-detached designs have their own cobble-locked driveway out front, while the terraced styles have allocated parking.

Walkinstown-based QK Living supplied the kitchen and its quartz worktops, and appliances are included if contracts are signed within 21 days. The bedroom wardrobes also come from QK Living. There is tiling to the hall, utility room, guest WC and kitchen, as well as to the bathrooms and ensuites, which come with a shower door or a bath screen. Each attic is fitted with power points, lights, and a pull-down stairs. All the homes have an A2 BER and an air-to-water heat pump.

The freshly opened showhouse is from the G1 house type, which has 1,900 sq ft of living space across three storeys and carries a price tag of €455,000. Unlike the G style of four-bed semi, the G1 has its main entry to the side rather than the front, which opens up more interior space for the living room.

There's a slate canopy over the entrance door and the side bay window, and there are two further bay windows to the front of the ground floor and first floor. A dormer window and a skylight protrude from both the front and the rear of the top floor. A side gate leads to the back garden, which is enclosed by walls to the rear and fencing to the side.

The dual-aspect extended kitchen/diner/living room to the rear has sliding doors to the garden and a central island to the kitchen. The front living room has a bay window and a fireplace. A guest lavatory and a utility room complete the downstairs accommodation.

The first floor is home to a family bathroom and two bedrooms, one en suite. There is a shower room on the second floor, as well as a study and two bedrooms with dormer windows.

Rathcoole, which is 22km from Dublin city centre, is just off the N7's Junction 4 and is a few minutes' drive from the M50 motorway and the Red Cow. Viewings at Green Lane Manor are by appointment, though the showhouse is closed for the bank holiday weekend.

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