Wednesday 22 May 2019

New home view: Final nine for sale at Robswall

Robswall Malahide, Co Dublin

Asking price: From €750,000

Agent: Knight Frank New Homes (01) 634 2466

The upstairs living room at Robswall
The upstairs living room at Robswall
One of the double bedrooms
The exterior of the development

Gabrielle Monaghan

Malahide property buyers are loath to leave the picturesque coastal town. So it's no surprise that Robswall, perched on the curve of the Coast Road from Malahide to Portmarnock, has attracted both deep-pocketed natives returning to their old haunt once they have a family and older purchasers downsizing in their local community.

During the Celtic Tiger, Gerry Gannon's Gannon Homes began building a scheme of apartments and houses at the Robswall site, which is on a hill located just a five-minute walk from the seafront. But the property crash called a halt to construction, so nine acres with planning for more homes, as well as a portfolio of 85 properties, were sold to London-based Development Securities in 2014. It, in turn, sold on the development site to UK-based Hollybrook Homes, which, in its first foray to the Irish market, launched newly-built houses at Robswall in early 2015. A year ago, Hollybrook released a tranche of apartments at Robswall to target buyers trading down from larger properties in the area or purchasers who simply preferred the convenience of apartment living.

Nine three-storey four-bed terraced houses followed in May, and a second showhouse opened last weekend to market the final nine of those houses.

Once Hollybrook has finished building 28 apartments and penthouses at Robswall, with construction due to be complete by the end of 2019, it will move off site, ending the final chapter in the site's storied history.

Prices for the last tranche of houses start at €750,000 and sizes range from 2,357 sq ft to 2,422 sq ft. One of the nine properties is an end-of-terrace design and the remainder are mid-terraced homes. There is a hardwood front entrance door to one side of the ground floor, but all the homes can also be accessed via the integrated and automated garage, which is large enough to park two SUV-style vehicles. The entrance hall leads to a family room with a set of glazed doors that open on to a rear patio and garden. A guest lavatory, hot press and storage space complete the downstairs accommodation. On the first floor, there is a dual-aspect living/dining space with a set of French doors - flanked by side glazing either side - that opens on to a front railed Juliet balcony. On the other side of the first floor is a kitchen with an angular island unit and a dining space.

There is also a utility room, lavatory and storage space on this level.

Each individually-designed kitchen has soft-close doors and drawers, under-cabinet lighting, a stone worktop and upstand, branded integrated appliances, and a ceramic hob with an extractor hood. The cabinets and worktops in the utility room were designed to match those in the kitchen.

The second floor is home to a family bathroom, as well as four double bedrooms, two of which are ensuite and come with their own Juliet-style balcony. All the bedrooms come with fitted wardrobes. The bathrooms and ensuites are fitted with porcelain tiling to the floors and part of the walls, as well as mirrored vanity cabinets over the washbasin.

There are dual-aspect views of the sea from the bedrooms, while the first-floor living room commands views towards Ireland's Eye. The A-rated homes are equipped with a gas-fired central heating system and roof-mounted PV panels to top up electricity supplies.

Robswall is a five-minute drive from the Malahide Dart station, and Dublin Bus stops right outside the entrance.

Viewings from 10am to 12pm tomorrow and between 11am and 1pm on Sunday.

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