New home view: Not your run of the mill dormers in Bray
Two unique bungalows the highlight of new enclave in seaside town
By the turn of the millennium, dormer bungalows had earned a questionable reputation as planners allowed run-of-the-mill one-off dormers to multiply around the west of Ireland, much to the perplexity of tourists in search of the romantic rural idyll depicted by John Hinde's mid-century colour postcards.
These days, a scattering of dormer bungalows - albeit smarter, reinvented versions - are making an appearance in new-build developments, including at Castlelynn, a scheme just being completed on the site of an old house off Soldiers Road in Bray. Two of the 11 homes that make up the new enclave in the seaside town famous for its Victorian promenade are four-bed detached dormer bungalows, costing from €545,000 apiece.
The layout of the 1,830 sq ft of accommodation is more interesting than 1990s dormers: the main entrance is to the side of the house, so more space could be devoted to the front of the property for a living room and a home office. To the rear is an open-plan kitchen/dining room with another living space. Also on this level is a cloakroom, a lavatory beside the home office, and a separate utility room. All four bedrooms, including a master ensuite, and a family bathroom are on the first floor.
Of the remaining nine homes being released at Castlelynn this weekend, eight are three-bed semi-detached properties and one is a two-storey four-bed detached house. The three-beds extend over 1,270 sq ft and are priced from €430,000, while the four-bed detached house measures 1,442 sq ft and is selling for €495,000. Both styles have a glass Juliet balcony to the front of the first floor, off the master bedroom.
There is underfloor heating throughout the ground floors of each build. Up top, are attics accessible by a Stira staircase and primed for conversion to another living space.
The kitchens come with built-in Neff appliances, including an oven, microwave and dishwasher.
The sanitary ware in the tiled bathrooms and ensuites are from Sonas, while the built-in wardrobes fitted to each bedroom come from Kerwood Design, another local company. Kerwood also supplied the kitchens at Castlelynn - these have a large central island, dove-grey cabinetry in a shaker style and Silestone quartz worktops.
The A3-rated properties at Castlelynn are 2km south of the Dart station in Bray and convenient to the M11 and M50. The Dart to Pearse Station leaves every 15 minutes and is a 45-minute trip, while the 145 bus route from nearby Killarney Road to Dublin's St Stephen's Green takes 55 minutes.
The showhouses will be on view tomorrow, from 2.30pm-4pm, and on Wednesday, between 5pm-6pm.
Bray, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €430,000-€545,000
Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402