New home view: Under starter's orders
Silverbanks, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 Asking price: €180,0000-€375,000 Agent: Savills (New Homes) (01) 6181300
During the 1840s, huge crowds from Dublin city attended horse racing on open land in Baldoyle. So popular was the attraction that an enclosed racecourse was opened in the north Dublin neighbourhood in 1842.
By the 1970s, however, the racecourse had shut because there weren't funds available to renovate the old stands. House-building, after several attempts at development, eventually started during the Noughties but much of the land, near the Malahide Estuary, remains protected.
Crowds of a different hue appeared when Silverbanks was initially launched in Baldoyle in February. Prospective buyers queued up to three days in advance of both the first and second phases of the vast coastal development, attracted by prices normally only available in the greater commuter belt rather than in suburban Dublin.
Situated on Red Arches Road, Silverbanks is just a few minutes' drive from the Velvet Strand at Portmarnock and the Burrow beach. The Nama-funded scheme, being built by Kildare contractor MDY Construction for receivers Mazars, will have 210 houses, duplexes and apartments when it's completed.
The final phase, launching tomorrow, will comprise 73 one-, two- and three-bed apartments, all with access to a shared landscaped courtyard. Each apartment will have at least one balcony or terrace, many of which command views of Howth, Sutton, Ireland's Eye and Portmarnock Golf Course.
Prices for the apartments range from €180,000 to €210,0000 for a one-bed, climbing to €225,000 to €290,000 for a two-bed. A three-bed will cost between €295,000 and €375,000. Sizes for the one-bed apartments range from 474 sq ft to 635 sq ft, while the two-beds measure from 753 sq ft to 1,025 sq ft. The three-beds have between 967 sq ft and 1,205 sq ft of space.
The 73 apartments are spread across four four-storey blocks, namely Sycamore House, Beech House, Oak House, and Alder House. The most sought-after block will likely be Alder House as it offers the best views and overlooks the part of the old racecourse that cannot be built on.
To make the most of the views, the two three-bed penthouses on the fourth floor of the Alder have 13ft-high ceilings and wraparound terraces.
The façades of the buildings themselves are finished in a mix of zinc cladding, Kingscourt Country Manor brick, and coloured render, all set off by NorDan windows and doors, a Scandinavian brand originally designed to withstand fierce storms hitting the Norwegian coastline.
Each apartment has at least one designated parking space, while the three-beds come with two spaces.
Inside, there are custom-designed ivory-gloss lacquered kitchens from Kitchen Elegance. The kitchens will include integrated appliances if contracts are signed and returned within 28 days. The bathrooms and ensuites all feature recessed downlighters and classic sanitary ware that incorporates storage. Each of the A3-rated homes is fitted with a natural gas combination boiler to provide heating and hot water.
Silverbanks is about 3km from Portmarnock village and a 10-minute drive from Howth. The scheme is also a five-minute walk to Clongriffin train station and served by the 29A and 32 bus routes.
Viewings at Silverbanks will take place between 11am and 1am tomorrow and Sunday.