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New home view: King of the Castle in Balbriggan

Taylor Hill Balbriggan, Co Dublin

Asking price: €270,000-€350,000

Agent: Knight Frank New Homes (01) 6342466


Seaside living: A sitting room at the Taylor Hill development in Balbriggan

Seaside living: A sitting room at the Taylor Hill development in Balbriggan

Taylor Hill exterior

Taylor Hill exterior


Seaside living: A sitting room at the Taylor Hill development in Balbriggan

Taylor Hill, a new scheme in the North Co Dublin seaside town of Balbriggan, is named after the Taylor family, who owned the town's Ardgillan Castle for more than 200 years.

Part of the 18th-century castle and all of its 194 acres of rolling grassland, woodland and gardens are open to the public. These grounds command views of the Irish Sea, the Mourne Mountains and Lambay Island.

Glenveagh Properties is developing Taylor Hill off the Castlemill Link Road, on the western edge of the one-time fishing village, just 10 minutes from the nearest beach.

Taylor Hill has 1.6 acres of parkland of its own, as well as an on-site playground. The scheme's proximity to such amenities, as well as to the M1 - a three-minute drive away during off-peak hours - has made it popular among families and purchasers who commute to the centre of Dublin.

The development of 135 two-, three- and four-bed homes began selling off the plans and from a marketing suite a year ago, and showhouses followed in May.

A new four-bed semi-detached showhouse, fitted out by House & Garden Furnishings, opened last weekend to coincide with the release of the second phase, after the first phase was sold out last year.

The latest phase consists of 18 homes, and prices were set to appeal to first-time buyers availing of the Government's help-to-buy tax rebate scheme.

They start at €270,000 for a two-bed terraced house from the Willow style, which measures 834 sq ft, and rise to €290,000 for the three-bed properties.

There are four types of three-bed houses available: the Larch, the Poplar, the Birch and the Alder, ranging from 1,005 sq ft to 1,242 sq ft.

The four-bed homes from the Oak style extend over 1,573 sq ft and cost from €350,000.

The new showhouse is from the Oak design and is laid out over three floors. While previous showhouses were in a traditional style, the Oak has zinc to the dormer window on the top floor and over the front door and the front bay window, t lending a more contemporary edge.

The rest of the façade is finished in a mix of red brick and render, and there is glazing to one side of the anthracite-grey composite front door.

The front driveway is cobble-locked in Kilsaran paving and can accommodate two cars, while the back garden is secured by post-and-panel fencing. There is also wiring for an electric car charging point.

Inside, the front living room has bay window, while the kitchen-diner to the rear has a set of French double doors that opens onto the back garden.

The contemporary-style kitchen is fitted with soft-close doors, an island unit and an upstand, all from Gallagher Kitchens.

Gallaghers also supplied the shaker-style wardrobes to the master and second bedrooms.

There are three bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor, while the second floor is home to the master suite. This space contains an ensuite, room for a dressing area, and lots of storage thanks to access to the remaining attic area.

The main bathroom, ensuite and guest WC are fitted with sanitaryware, as well as tiling to the floors and wet areas.

The central heating system, which is provided by an A-rated condensing gas boiler, can be thermostatically controlled. On the roof, PV panels at the A-rated properties generate electricity all year round to top up household power supplies.

Balbriggan is 34km north of Dublin city. Commuters who buy at Taylor Hill can reach the city centre by rail in 40 minutes from Balbriggan's train station. Dublin Airport is only 20 minutes away along the M1.

The Millfield Shopping Centre, home to one of Europe's biggest Tesco stores, is a short walk away from Taylor Hill, while the M1 Retail Park is a 20-minute drive away.

Viewings at Taylor Hill will continue tomorrow and Sunday, between 12pm and 2pm.

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