Playing the Long game
Longview, Millers Glen, Swords, Co Dublin Asking price: €299,950-€445,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888
Some 150 families have moved into the Millers Glen development north of Swords since the project hit the headlines in 2014, when house-hunters queued up overnight to bag their house of choice at the scheme, the first to launch in north Dublin in seven years.
A second phase called Fairbook followed in 2015 and the third phase, Longview, is being released this weekend.
Many of the first-time buyers have been lured not just by prospect of getting more bang for their buck near the satellite town than in suburbs closer to the city, but also by Millers Glen's location opposite the two new primary schools.
There are plans afoot to eventually develop several hundred more homes at Millers Glen, according to the selling agent.
To the left of the original phase on Glen Ellan Road is Longview, a new sector that will comprise 130 three and four-bed homes when it's finished. This weekend, 41 of those homes will be released for sale, with a new style of showhouse to market a three-bed semi-detached style.
Designed by Conroy Crowe Kelly Architects, the façades are half mottled brown brick, half render, with a canopy over the front door and additional brickwork detail over the first-floor windows.
The three-bed townhouses at Longview measure 1,195 sq ft, while the three-bed semi-detached houses are 1,216 sq ft and the four-bed semi-detached houses span 1,550 sq ft. The four-bed detached properties have 1,582 sq ft of accommodation. Prices start at €299,950 for the three-bed townhouses, rising to €315,000 for the end-of-terrace version and €345,000 for the detached type. The price tags for the four-beds start at €375,000 for the semi-detached version, climbing to €445,000 for the four-bed detached properties.
The homes, in the Applewood area of Swords, qualify for the new tax rebate for first-time buyers. The scheme is being built by Gannon Homes, which is also about to start construction on a new neighbourhood retail centre as part of Millers Glen.
Features included as standard at Longview are oak-veneered internal doors, Irish-made kitchens and bedroom wardrobes from Cawleys, and sanitary ware, pumped showers and extensive wall and floor tiling in all bathrooms and ensuites. Because the homes have an A3 BER, they are efficient and cheap to run. Solar panels provide a continuous supply of low-cost hot water, the central heating is gas-fired and there are double-glazed uPVC windows from Grady Joinery throughout.
Longview is a five-minute walk from Applewood Village, Swords village is 2km away, while Airside Retail Centre is 3km, as is the Pavilions Shopping Centre. For commuters, Longview is located just off the M1 motorway and close to the M50 and Dublin Airport. Swords Express, which serves Dublin City Centre, is planning a bus stop for Millers Glen.
The new showhouse at Longview, fitted out by Phoenix Design, is on view tomorrow and Sunday between 2pm-4pm.