New home view: Views of the Irish Sea for commuters priced out of Bray and Greystones
Carraig Beag Wicklow town, Co Wicklow
Asking price: €315,000-€515,000
Agent: Dillon Marshall New Homes (01) 496 7574 or Sherry FitzGerald Catherine O'Reilly (0404) 66466
Commuters priced out of north Wicklow towns such as Bray and Greystones are increasingly shifting their house-hunting further down the coast to Wicklow town in their quest for more bang for their buck.
Developers are catering to demand for new-builds from this cohort in the capital town of the Garden County. In the Ballynerrin suburb of Wicklow town, Carraig Beag is being built by Amazon Developments, a company led by Derek McGuckin and Conor Miley. The company acts as both a developer and a contractor, and was the main contractor behind Dalkey Manor, Taney Wood in Dundrum, and Maxwell Square in Rathfarnham.
Amazon Developments is selling 34 homes at Carraig Beag, which is located on Hawkstown Road, near a new school. The properties, which go on the market for the first time this weekend, command views of the Irish Sea and Wicklow Mountains.There is a slew of different house types at Carraig Beag, ranging from two-bed bungalows ideal for downsizers to three, four and five-bed semi-detached and detached styles for families and trader-uppers.
Prices start at €315,000 for a two-bed bungalow, at €335,000 for a three-bed semi, at €385,000 for a three-bed detached style, at €435,000 for a four-bed semi, at €485,000 for a four-bed detached home, and at €515,000 for a five-bed detached design.
To the front of the homes, there is enough parking for two cars in the driveway, where the red tones of the Castlestone paving match the Ibstock brick that, along with dry dash, finishes the façade of each home - though some designs have a full-brick front exterior. Each home has a sage-green timber front door partially surrounded by glazing and topped by a slate canopy. There are high-performance double-glazed windows throughout, with reconstituted granite to the sills of the windows in the brick sections of the façade.
To the rear, there is a patio paved with Tobermore flagstones and a private garden. Some of the homes have split-level back gardens, with feature timber steps leading from the lawn to the paved area.
Fitzgerald Kitchens supplied the hand-crafted, shaker-style kitchen units, which were hand-painted in colours from both Farrow & Ball and the Paint & Paper Library.
Fitzgeralds also provided the walk-in wardrobe to the master bedroom, and there are bespoke wardrobes with white shaker-style doors in all the bedrooms. There is Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware, chrome-effect towel rails, feature backlit mirrors, and porcelain tiling to the bathrooms and ensuites. An air-source heat pump at the A3-rated houses powers the heating system and the on-demand hot water throughout each house.
Some of the four-bed styles and the Honeysuckle - the only five-bed design - are laid out over three floors. At the latter house type, there is a sitting room up front, and a kitchen/living/dining area to the rear with a kitchen island, as well as glass doors out to the back garden. On the first floor, there is a family bathroom, the first of the five bedrooms, and a master en-suite bedroom with French doors leading out to a front terrace with glass balustrades. There are three further bedrooms and another bathroom on the second floor.
Carraig Beag is a half-hour's drive from the Cherrywood Luas stop, with the Luas journey to Dublin city centre taking 35 minutes. The train from Wicklow town to Pearse Street Station takes 45 minutes and the 133 bus goes from the town to Dublin Airport every hour. In light traffic, the drive directly to Dublin city centre takes an hour.
Viewings at Carraig Beag will take place from 12pm to 2pm tomorrow and Sunday.