On the Luas line in D24
Cúil Dúin, Citywest, Dublin 24
Asking price: €295,000-€420,000
Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402
Harcourt Developments, the mastermind behind the Titanic Quarter regeneration of Belfast's Docklands, is behind Cúil Dúin, a large scheme of 220 homes being built just a five-minute walk from the Saggart Luas stop.
The company was among a number of developers that co-funded a 4.2km extension of the Tallaght Luas red line to the Citywest Business Campus during the boom, in the hope of attracting more employers and house buyers to the area. However, the implosion of the economy and property market delayed the opening of the Luas extension until 2011.
Harcourt didn't rejoin the Irish residential market until last year, when the longer extension finally bore fruit for the developer in the form of Cúil Dúin, which was launched last summer.
Davy Hickey Properties, which also funded the extension, benefited too when it released Citywest Village, a development of Edwardian-style three and four-beds, in April.
Like Citywest Village, Cúil Dúin, which was named after the Irish for "corner fort" and the historic townland in which it sits, was billed as catering for that Holy Grail in the domestic property market - a new-build for less than €300,000 within the confines of Dublin. The first phase of 45 houses sold out within a few weeks of their June launch and a second phase of three and four-bed three-storey homes was released at the end of March.
About half the houses at the entire development have been sold to date, though there are still 11 available from the second phase. All qualify for the help-to-buy income tax rebate scheme - prices start at €295,000 for a 1,355 sq ft three-bed and at €420,000 for a four-bed with 1,700 sq ft of accommodation. In the kitchens, buyers can opt for a high-gloss finish or painted solid wood doors and can choose between stone or quartz worktops. Additional finishes in the fitted kitchens include soft-close doors and drawers, under-cupboard LED lights to illuminate the countertops and an integrated hob, oven, fridge-freezer, cooker hood and dishwasher.
Upstairs, most of the bedrooms have contemporary-style built-in wardrobes. A sealed attic hatch with a pull-down ladder allows easy access to the storage area. Passive building principles were adopted throughout the design of the Cúil Dúin properties and the A-rated buildings come with solar thermal panels, a heat ventilation recovery system and residents can control their heating and hot water remotely via a smartphone app.
A residents' park and a children's play area are planned for the centre of Cúil Dúin.
The west Dublin scheme is beside the Citywest Hotel, business campus and shopping centre. Two primary schools, Scoil Niamh Community National School and Citywest Educate Together, are located just across the road from the development, on Fortunestown Lane.
Also nearby is the village of Saggart and the Avoca complex at Rathcoole. The M50 and M7 motorways are a few minutes' drive from Cúil Dúin.
The showhouses will be on view this Wednesday from 5pm-6pm.