New home view: See the seaside in Donabate
Scheme's location is bound to attract interest in 20 three, four and five-beds in coastal town
The cheapest properties at Rahillion, a new development in the seaside town of Donabate, command prices of €385,000, placing them at the higher end of the first-time buyer market. But the scheme's location is bound to draw a crowd when the showhouses open for the first time tomorrow.
Rahillion is close to two Blue Flag beaches and is a few minutes' walk, along floodlit pathways, to the centre of Donabate and its train station. The development also includes a five-acre park on the banks of Rogerstown estuary.
A growing number of housebuilders have applied for planning permission to build in the north County Dublin commuter town, including Bernard McNamara, who was one of the country's biggest developers before going bust in 2012. Fingal County Council last week gave the former billionaire the nod for his Roxtip Ltd to construct 31 homes on lands at Beaverbrook.
Rahillion, which is being developed by Ballisk Homes at the back of the boom-era Carrs Mill estate, is named after the townland it's located in. Rahillion is the English translation for Ráth Chuilinn, which comes from the Irish words for "ringfort" and "holly".
There will be 82 three, four and five-bed semi-detached homes available at Rahillion when it's finished, as well as four and five-bed detached styles. Around 20 were sold off the plans over the last month - half of which were three-beds - and the selling agent is releasing a further 20 units at the coastal development this weekend.
The €385,000-price tag is for a three-bed semi-detached home measuring 1,250 sq ft. A four-bed from the B range, which has 1,443 sq ft of living space, costs from €435,000, while the extended four-bed from the C type has 1,540 sq ft of accommodation and is selling for €455,000.
The facade of each house has brick and stone detailing, and the granite-paved driveway out front has space for two cars. Inside the three-beds a set of double doors leads from the living room to the kitchen, where there is a dining area and lounge space. From the latter, glass doors open onto the patio and back garden. Upstairs, the master en-suite is to the back of the house, and there are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom on the same level.
The four-bed semi-detached and detached designs have an L-shaped kitchen/diner that allows for a larger lounge to the rear that overlooks the garden patio.
Both the five-bed semi-detached and detached homes have 2,110 sq ft of space laid out across three floors, with the semi-detached version costing €515,000 and the detached five-beds selling for €590,000. In both two bedrooms are on the second floor and three more bedrooms, including the master en-suite, and the main bathroom are on the first floor.
The fitted kitchens are by Curtis Kitchens of Navan, and there are fitted wardrobes in the bedrooms. The bathrooms are tiled and equipped with sanitary ware.
Prospective buyers at Rahillion who are moving from older properties should be able to cut their energy bills at the new A3-rated houses, which feature an air-to-water heat pump, as well as low U-value windows and doors that prevent heat escaping from the rooms.
Donabate train station is a 20-minute walk from Rahillion, and there are 26 daily rail services to and from the village, running every 15 to 20 minutes during peak times. Access to the M1 is nearby, while Dublin Airport is 12km away and Dublin city centre is 20km to the south.
Viewings of Rahillion's two showhouses, a three-bed and a four-bed, will be held tomorrow and Sunday, between 1pm and 4pm.
Rahillion, Donabate, Co Dublin
Asking price: €385,000-€590,000
Agent: Dillon Marshall Property Consultants (01) 496 7574