New home view: Be your own king or queen of Kinsealy
Charles Haughey's lavish lifestyle and palatial 18th-century home in Abbeville earned the disgraced former Taoiseach the moniker "Squire of Kinsealy", placing the once-rural north Dublin suburb firmly in the public's consciousness.
Hundreds of years before the late Taoiseach was holding court at the Georgian pile, there was a linen mill in Kinsealy, one of many dotted around the country, according to Steve Cassidy, managing director of Ardstone Homes, the company building Muileann, a development launching this weekend that will consist of 148 two, three and four-bed homes and 24 apartments. The Irish name for mill served as the inspiration for the name of the new estate, which will be undergoing construction until the spring of 2019, he said.
Muileann is being developed off Kettles Lane, between the villages of Swords, Kinsealy and Malahide, and is tucked between a green belt of farmland on one side and the M1 on the other - Cassidy describes the location as "the Kinsealy end of Swords". It's also close to the shorelines at Portmarnock and Howth, making its location appealing to family buyers.
The scheme is one of 15 developments aimed at first-time buyers that Ardstone Homes is either building or has in the pipeline. Backed by private investment firm Ardstone Capital, the developer plans to deliver some 3,500 new houses to the market within five years and aims to become one of the country's biggest housebuilders. It is currently building 178 homes in Naas, 169 units in Ashford in Co Wicklow, and 300 homes at Stocking Lane in Rathfarnham.
"The average price will be €350,000 to €400,000," Cassidy said. "The market needs big players like us to deliver big numbers."
Savills, the selling agent, expects a "large turnout" ahead of the first viewings tomorrow. There are 28 homes in the first phase, with the smallest being two-beds with sizes ranging from 947sq ft to 980 sq ft. The three-beds measure between 1,012 sq ft and 1,525 sq ft, with the largest style including a study, while the four-beds have between 1,582 sq ft and 1,651 sq ft of living space. Prices start at €270,000 for a two-bed, €295,000 for the three-bed version, and at €360,000 for a four-bed.
The John Fleming Architects-designed timber-framed homes are finished in a combination of brick and render with grey-framed uPVC windows, with some styles having a full-brick façade. Each house has allocated parking to the front and a garden to the rear.
Included in the price as standard are fitted kitchens and appliances, bathroom tiling and fitted wardrobes. The kitchens in the two and three-beds are contemporary in style and come with Minerva worktops, while the kitchens in the four-beds are hand-painted. The wardrobes in the bedrooms and sanitary ware in the bathrooms and ensuites are also modern in appearance.
The A3-rated properties are equipped with PV panels, as well as gas-fired central heating from an energy efficient condensing gas boiler.
Muileann is a five-minute drive from Swords village, which is linked to both the M1 and the M50, while Dublin Airport is just 3.5km away. Malahide Castle and the Pavilions Shopping Centre are both within a five-minute drive from the development.
Three showhouses at Muileann, fitted out by House & Garden Furnishings, will be on view from 12pm to 2pm tomorrow and Sunday. For more information visit www.muileann.ie.
Kinsealy, County Dublin
Asking price: €270,000-€360,000 Agent: Savills (New Homes) (01) 6181300 or Kevin Flanigan Estates (01) 8453459