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New development in Lusk for first-time buyers on a budget

Station Road Lusk, Co Dublin Asking price: From €337,500 Agent: REA Grimes (01) 8490129

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Second phase: Exterior of the Beech style of the properties. There are 12 three-beds available; as well as Beech, there is also a Sycamore style.

Second phase: Exterior of the Beech style of the properties. There are 12 three-beds available; as well as Beech, there is also a Sycamore style.

The kitchen/diner

The kitchen/diner

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Second phase: Exterior of the Beech style of the properties. There are 12 three-beds available; as well as Beech, there is also a Sycamore style.

Station Road, a new development set within the planned Lusk Village Quarter in the north County Dublin town, is aimed at first-time buyers on a budget who commute to Dublin city centre.

The McGarrell Reilly Group launched the scheme of some 150 two, three and four-bed homes last October, the same month as the company unveiled the masterplan for its €75m mixed development at Lusk Village Quarter.

The village quarter was designed to encompass a supermarket, a public square, a playground, and a village green, with a variety of shops, cafes and other commercial units set around the open civic spaces. German discount chain Lidl is expected to be the anchor tenant at Lusk Village Quarter, which is still going through planning.

McGarrell Reilly has built some 700 homes in the area since the late 1990s. In 2018, the developer launched another Lusk development called Clonrath, a scheme of three, four and five-bed family homes located off the Skerries Road.

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The kitchen/diner

The kitchen/diner

The kitchen/diner

On the eponymous Station Road, McGarrell Reilly is building traditional-style two-storey homes that will be a 10-minute walk from the Rush and Lusk train station and a 10-minute drive from the beaches at Rush and Skerries.

The first phase of 38 homes at Station Road has sold out, so the selling agents are today releasing the second phase of 12 properties. All 12 homes are three-beds from two different house types, namely the Sycamore and the Beech. Prices start at €337,500 and sizes range from 1,184 sq ft to 1,270 sq ft, depending on the house design chosen by the buyer.

Designed by Conroy Crowe Kelly Architects, the Sycamore is a double-fronted home that's available as a semi-detached or detached property. It has a living room on one side of the house and a kitchen/diner on the other. One version of the Beech has a front bay window and another has its main entrance to one side of the house.

Both the Sycamore and the Beech house types have a canopy over the Ultratech front door from Munster Joinery and have granite to the sills of the large two-toned, double-glazed UPVC windows. Each home comes with two off-street parking spaces.

To the rear, there is a patio paved in Kilsaran Shelbourne buff granite slabs and a garden enclosed by capped and plastered block-built walls. There is external lighting both to the front and rear of the houses, and a treated-timber gate to the side passage.

Inside, the shaker-style kitchen, with its soft-close doors and drawers, comes from BeSpace. There's also a separate utility room with space underneath the countertops for a washer-dryer.

A stairs with a hardwood handrail leads to the sleeping accommodation on the first floor. The wardrobes fitted to the master and second bedroom are also in a shaker style and are supplied by McCaul Kitchens. The bathrooms and en-suites come with sanitaryware from Niko Bathrooms, polished chrome heated towel rails, and tiles to the walls.

The A3-rated properties are equipped with a gas heating system that can be controlled remotely via a Climote system from an app on the residents' smartphone. PV panels on the roof generate a top-up electricity supply, thereby keeping utility bills in check.

For families, Station Road is close to local primary schools such as Lusk National School, Corduff National School, Hedgestown National School, and the Rush and Lusk Educate Together National School. Secondary schools in the vicinity include Lusk Community College, Loreto Secondary School in Balbriggan, Skerries Community College, and St Joseph's Secondary School in Rush.

For commuters, a rail service normally leaves Rush and Lusk train station for Grand Canal Dock 20 times every weekday.

As well as public bus services, the Fingal Express coach serves the city centre, via the Port Tunnel. Lusk is also just a five-minute drive from Junction 4 of the M1 motorway, giving access to Dublin Airport and the M50 ring road. Dublin city centre is 23km away.

Viewings at the Station Road show-village will take place today and tomorrow, but must be arranged by appointment beforehand.

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