Monday 16 September 2019

Semis are Taylor-made for commuters and families

  • Glenveagh Taylor hill, Balbriggan, Co Dublin

  • Asking price: €305,000-€355,000

  • Agent: Knight Frank New Homes (01) 634 2466

Latest phase: Open-plan kitchen and living area with French double doors leading to the back garden
Latest phase: Open-plan kitchen and living area with French double doors leading to the back garden
Exterior of the Balbriggan scheme

Glenveagh Taylor Hill, a new development in the north Co Dublin seaside town of Balbriggan, is named after the Taylor family, who owned the town's Ardgillan Castle for more than 200 years, and its developer, Glenveagh Properties.

Part of the 18th-century castle and all of its 194 acres of rolling grassland, woodland and gardens are open to the public, who can take in its views of the Irish Sea, the Mourne Mountains to the north and Lambay Island to the south-east.

Taylor Hill, which is situated at the western edge of the one-time fishing town, was designed to appeal to first-time buyers who commute and families. It is located just 10 minutes from the nearest beach and has 1.6 acres of parkland and an on-site playground.

The scheme of 135 two, three and four-bed homes began selling off the plans and from a marketing suite in February, and showhouses followed in May.

Another 16 houses - an extension to the first phase - were released earlier this month.

These three and four-bed homes are situated along The View section of Taylor Hill, so they all face onto a large open green space and have south-facing gardens. The homes are scheduled to be completed by the spring.

There are still 12 properties for sale from the latest tranche. Five are three-bed semi-detached houses spanning 1,223 sq ft and priced from €305,000, while seven are four-bed semis measuring 1,559 sq ft and costing from €355,000.

Externally, the traditional-style two-storey houses are finished in a mix of brick and render, complemented by UPVC double-glazed windows and a composite front door with glazing. The front driveway is cobble-locked in Kilsaran paving and can accommodate two cars, while the seeded back garden is secured by post-and-panel fencing.

At the Swallow style of three-bed semi, there is a living up front with a bay window, a guest lavatory, a utility room, and a kitchen-diner with a rear window and French double doors that open onto the back garden.

On the first floor, there is a master ensuite with a front bay window, a family bathroom, and two rear bedrooms.

The contemporary-style kitchen is fitted with soft-close doors, an island unit, and an upstand, all from Gallagher Kitchens. Gallaghers also supplied the shaker-style wardrobes to the master and second bedrooms.

The bathroom, ensuite and guest WC have tiling to the floors and wet areas, sanitaryware, and fittings, taps and showerheads chosen by an interior designer.

The internal joinery throughout the homes includes painted shaker-style doors and contemporary skirting and architraves finished in an off-white satin paint.

The central heating system, which is provided by an A-rated condensing gas boiler, can be thermostatically controlled.

Roof-mounted PV panels at the A-rated properties generate electricity all year round to top up household power supplies.

Balbriggan itself is 34km north of Dublin City and 27km south of Drogheda. Commuters who buy at Taylor Hill can reach the city centre by rail in 40 minutes from Balbriggan's train station. For motorists, Taylor Hill is a three-minute drive from the M1 motorway, which connects onto the M50. Dublin Airport only 20 minutes away along the M1 motorway.

The Millfield Shopping Centre, home to one of Europe's biggest Tesco stores, is a short walk away from Taylor Hill, while the M1 Retail Park is a 20-minute drive away.

Viewings of the three and four-bed semi-detached showhouses at Taylor Hill are by appointment.

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