Saturday 19 October 2019

New home view: Far from run of the Mill'

Millerstown, Kilcock, Co Meath Asking price: €290,000-€500,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402 or Coonan New Homes (01) 6286128

The stylish reception room at Millerstown development in Kilcock
The stylish reception room at Millerstown development in Kilcock
Millerstown exterior
The contemporary kitchen features pull-out recycling units under the sink and soft-close drawers and doors, all from Kitchen Elegance

Kilcock, a town on the Kildare-Meath border, has a unique claim to fame: it's the only location in Europe where a road, a canal, a railway and a river all run side by side.

Millerstown, a large new development launching today, looks out where the Rye river, runs parallel to the Royal Canal. The name of the scheme, which sits beside a landscaped linear park, is a nod to the town's history of water-powered mills.

While Kilcock retains a village feel, it has evolved into a dormitory town because of its rail and motorway links to Dublin, which is 29km away. First-time buyers currently living in the Greater Dublin area who are willing to commute in return for a bigger home are among the target market for Millerstown.

There will be some 150 homes at the McGarrell Reilly scheme when it's eventually finished.

There are 40 houses being released in this first phase of Millerstown, which is on the Meath side of Kilcock and is set around landscaped green spaces and children's play areas.

Prices start at €290,000 for a two-bed semi-detached house measuring 1,011 sq ft, while the three-bed semis each span 1,238 sq ft and are priced from €325,000. The four-bed semis have between 1,464 sq ft and 1,582 sq ft of space and cost from €375,000, while sizes at the five-bed detached style, priced from €500,000, range from 1,690 sq ft to 2,379 sq ft.

One of the most attractive house types at Millerstown is the detached version of the Sycamore - all house types are named after trees - which is available as a semi-detached or detached four-bed design. This gable-fronted home has a full-brick elevation, a row of three first-floor windows and a slate canopy over the front bay window, and a front porch located to the side.

On entering, there is a cloakroom and guest lavatory straight ahead. Off the left side of the hallway is a large living room, while the kitchen-diner and its patio doors are off to the right. Also on this floor is a separate utility room and under-stairs storage. On the first floor, there is a master en suite, three more bedrooms, and a family bathroom.

A variety of facades for each house style nicely mixes up the streetscapes at Millerstown. There are brick and render elevations, bay windows to some types, white-framed UPVC windows and doors, and an Ultra Tech front door in shades of primary colours. There are good-sized gardens, and there's enough space in the cobble-lock front driveway for two cars. To the rear of each property is a paved patio and garden.

Internally, the houses are wider and larger than standard new-builds. There are extra-high ceilings throughout the ground floor. The kitchens are in a contemporary design, with pull-out recycling units under the sink and soft-close drawers and doors, all from Kitchen Elegance.

The bedrooms feature shaker-style wardrobes fitted by McCauls, while the bathrooms and ensuites come with Twyford sanitary ware, polished chrome heated towel rails, and wall tiling.

The houses are equipped with natural gas-fired central heating that can be controlled remotely. The A3-rated homes also have PV solar panels on the roof to generate electricity, which helps to reduce running costs.

Millerstown is a short walk to Kilcock train station, from where a rail service to Dublin takes about 25 minutes. The capital can also be reached from the nearby M4 motorway The university town of Maynooth is a five-minute drive away, while a trip to Liffey Valley Shopping Centre takes 20 minutes.

The six showhouses at Millerstown will open today for the first time, with viewings taking place from 1-3pm. The showhouses will also be on view tomorrow and Sunday, from 2.30-4pm.

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