New home view: In Charlie's neck of the woods
Kinsealy Woods, Kinsealy, Co Dublin
Asking price: €430,000-€585,000
Agent: Lisney New Homes (01) 638 2700
In 1987, during the financial crisis facing the public exchequer, a state directive determined that spending on entertainment and state visits be cut by 21pc. But just a year later, Taoiseach Charles Haughey cast the budget aside for the visit of his long-time idol, French president François Mitterrand.
Documents released from the 1988 State Archive last December show that Haughey was adamant that President Mitterand visit Abbeville, his 18th-century mansion in Kinsealy, so that he could be presented with a special gift - a Louis le Brocquy painting.
Just three days before Mitterand's arrival to Dublin, a proposal was drawn up to have two Puma helicopters land the French president and his party on the back lawn of Abbeville and a red carpet rolled out for the occasion.
Guests were served Champagne by Maureen Haughey, the late Taoiseach's stoic wife. Little wonder Haughey's lavish lifestyle at Abbeville earned him the moniker "the Squire of Kinsealy".
These days, the once-rural north Dublin enclave is a hotspot for developers. At Kinsealy Woods, off Chapel Road, the O'Flynn Group is developing 82 homes.
The target market includes first-time buyers who grew up in nearby Malahide but cannot afford the house prices in the affluent coastal town. When it's complete, Kinsealy Woods will be set amid landscaping, green spaces, and a private playground.
Since the first phase of 35 houses was released at the end of January, a new three-bed showhouse has opened at the scheme. This 1,101-sq ft property was staged by House & Garden Furnishings to demonstrate how to maximise space at the house type and to highlight its high ceilings and ample storage.
The showhouse - the fourth to open at Kinsealy Woods - was designed to market the mid-terraced house type, priced from €430,000.
The semi-detached and end-of-terrace three-beds cost from €445,000. There are currently six three-bed homes available at the development, as well as four-bed semi-detached homes selling for €585,000. Because the council is taking Kinsealy Woods in charge, there are no management fees for home-owners.
The three-bed terraced homes have a mostly rendered facade, with brick facing around the composite front door, which comes with side glazing. There is a set of two tall windows, lending a feel of a village townhouse to the exterior. All the windows are double-glazed and have UPVC frames.
There are two parking spaces in the front cobblelock driveway which is flanked by landscaping with powder-coating steel railings. To the rear, sliding glazed doors lead out to a paved patio and a garden. Inside each of the two-storey homes, there is a custom-fitted kitchen in a painted shaker style in the kitchen/diner. The kitchen units, which are supplied by FitzGerald Kitchens, have soft-close doors and drawers and a stone-effect countertop. If contracts are signed with 30 days, the kitchen is fitted with an induction hob, an extractor fan, a dishwasher, a fridge-freezer, and a double oven.
The fitted bedroom wardrobes come from Cawley's Furniture, while the bathrooms and ensuites have heated towel rails, as well as tiling to the floors and shower enclosures. There are fitted shower screens to the walk-in showers.
The A-rated homes have an air-source heat pump, an air-tight membrane, and thermostatically controlled heating to all the rooms. There is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor, with radiators to the first floor.
Kinsealy is 2km away from Portmarnock Dart Station; the average rail journey to the city centre takes about 25 minutes. Dublin can also be reached via the 42 and 43 Dublin Bus routes. Malahide village and Portmarnock Strand are just minutes away. Viewings tomorrow and Sunday, from 1pm to 3pm.