Park living for trader-uppers in commuter belt of Dunshaughlin
Grange Park Dunshaughlin, Co Meath
Asking price: €415,000-€495,000
Agent: Hora Property Consultants (01) 665 0456
The Co Meath commuter town of Dunshaughlin, some 34km northwest of Dublin city centre, has witnessed a raft of new residential developments over the last five years, from Seachnall Abbey and Kellet's Grove to The Willows and Fairfield.
While some of the town's new schemes are aimed at first-time buyers weary of high Dublin rents, Grange Park, a development of 32 four and five-bed homes, was designed with trader-uppers in mind.
The scheme is being developed off the Ratoath Road, within walking distance from the town centre, by local housebuilder Hora Homes, whose founder Tom Hora built his first houses on Dunshaughlin's Bog Road in the early 1970s.
Hora Homes returned to Dunshaughlin in 2014 to develop Georgian-style houses at Seachnall Abbey. The developer says it only sells homes to owner-occupiers, rather than as rental properties to investors, because it aims to generate a sense of community at each site.
The initial phase of Grange Park, which comprised 17 houses, was sold last autumn, through word-of-mouth rather than advertising. A showhouse will open at Grange Park for the first time this weekend, to coincide with the release of the second phase of seven houses, which are due to be completed this summer. A final phase of six properties will be released later in the year.
In the latest tranche, there are two types of four-bed semi-detached homes; one style is priced from €415,000 and a second, which comes with a study, is priced from €425,000. Prices for the four-bed detached houses start at €465,000, rising to €475,000 for the version with a study.
All the four-bed designs are extra-large, extending over 1,725 sq ft, compared to an average of 1,400 sq ft for a four-bed in the area. Also for sale in this release are 1,950 sq ft, five-bed detached homes selling for €495,000. The attics in all the styles have 300 sq ft of extra space, which are primed for a future conversion.
Like Seachnall Abbey, the homes at Grange Park are Georgian in appearance. The block-built properties are finished in a rich redbrick, with a period-style granite stringcourse running through the middle of the façade, a front bay, and limestone to the surrounds of the windows.
The site's large mature trees have been retained for the main green area, while decorative railings will separate Grange Park from the main access road. Decorative iron railings, along with hedging, are also used to define the front boundaries of each house and to separate the large paved driveway from neighbouring driveways.
Inside, some of the houses have a ground floor room that can be used as a study, as a bedroom for older buyers with an eye on future needs, or as a playroom for purchasers with a young family.
The ground floor also has 9ft-high ceiling and cornicing to the hall and living room. The latter space has a front bay window and is fitted with a traditional fireplace with a wood-burning stove and a sandstone surround. Double doors lead to the kitchen-diner, which is fitted with a German kitchen and island unit from Kube Interiors. Kube also supplied the full-height sliding wardrobes to the bedrooms.
For commuters who buy the A3-rated homes, the M3 motorway has significantly reduced travel times to Dublin, linking to the M50 in 15 minutes during off-peak hours. There is also a rail service to the Docklands from nearby Dunboyne.
Viewings of the Grange Park showhouse will take place tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 4pm.