Saturday 25 May 2019

Somerton targets buyers trading up or taking their first plunge

  • Somerton, Lucan, Co Dublin

  • Asking price: €405,000 to €615,000

  • Agents: Savills (New Homes) (01) 618 1300 and Leahy Residential (01) 601 1800

The living room
The living room
A nursery
The exterior of the Rowan

First-time buyers were the target market for Castlethorn Construction's St Helen's and Alderlie schemes in the west Dublin town of Adamstown. But its Somerton development in neighbouring Lucan has been designed with a broader appeal in mind, with properties also suited to trader-uppers, including families who already live in smaller homes in the area.

Castlethorn, like Cairn Homes with its Shackleton Park scheme, is catering to a hotbed of demand for new homes in Lucan: regional planning guidelines estimate that its population will have grown 12pc within three years. The 2016 census found that some 272,400 people already call Lucan home.

Somerton is located off the Newcastle Road, close to Finnstown House and Griffeen Valley Park. There, Castlethorn is building some 246 three, four and five-bed houses, all designed by O'Mahony Pike Architects and arranged around large landscaped open spaces.

The commuter-belt scheme initially launched off the plans and from a marketing suite in autumn 2017 and a show-village opened in March for the second phase of the development.

This weekend sees a new release of 12 properties, five of which are from the new Rowan four-bed mid-terrace house type. A showhouse will open for the first time tomorrow to market the Rowan style, a two-storey design measuring 1,356 sq ft and costing from €405,000.

The tranche also contains three homes from the Oak five-bed detached style, which has between 2,023 sq ft and 2,150 sq ft of accommodation and costs from €615,000. A further three units belong to the Elder house type, namely a five-bed semi-detached design that ranges in size from 2,045 sq ft to 2,152 sq ft and costs from €530,000. Also available is one house from the Willow style of four-bed semi, which measures between 1,516 sq ft and 1,634 sq ft and is priced from €440,000.

At the Rowan, there is a red-brick finish to the flat-roofed entrance porch with its navy front door, with brick detail to the trim and render to the rest of the façade and PVC to the high-performance windows. There is a cobble-lock driveway. To the ground floor, there are 9ft-high ceilings, a formal living room up front, and an open-plan kitchen/diner to the rear. Buyers have a choice of three colours - from light green to dark grey - for their Mountlodge solid-oak kitchen units, which are fitted with Carrara quartz worktops, under-counter lighting, and an integrated Bosch double oven.

The five-bed houses come with Neff integrated appliances as well as wood-burning stoves in their ground floor living rooms.

An extension to the kitchen/diner at the Rowan has created space for a sunny dual-aspect informal lounge that overlooks a south-facing back garden. French doors open from the kitchen area onto a flag-paved patio. There is also a separate utility room and a guest WC at ground level.

Upstairs, Mountlodge also supplied the fitted wardrobes to four of the bedrooms, one of which is the master ensuite. At the Rowan showhouse, one of the rear bedrooms has been styled as a nursery. Both the bathrooms and ensuites are fitted with heated chrome towel rails and come with a choice of Porcelanosa tiles for the walls and floors.

Each of the A3-rated houses is equipped with a mechanical demand-controlled ventilation system and PV panels. Somerton is a 15-minute walk to Adamstown railway station, the trip to Heuston Station takes 11 minutes. Dublin city centre is 16km away, while the M50 is a seven-minute drive in light traffic. Viewings from 11am to 12pm tomorrow.

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