Take in sea air at Donabate
Kingsland, Donabate, Co Dublin Asking price: From €430,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402 or Kevin Flanigan (01) 8453459
Donabate has resumed its boom-era status as a hub for developers catering to buyers who cannot afford Howth or Malahide but want to live near the beach and schools in north Co Dublin.
Even the Celtic Tiger generation of developers have been drawn to the area, which sits on a peninsula between the Rogerstown Estuary to the north and Broadmeadow Estuary to the south.
Kingsland, which is aimed at families and first-time buyers, is named after a title created by Charles I for Nicholas Barnewall, a former MP for Co Dublin in the House of Commons who once owned the Turvey estate in Donabate. Turvey House was demolished controversially in 1987 and the title Viscount of Kingsland has long died out.
More than half of the 29 houses at Kingsland went sale agreed after the development was launched. The remaining homes are four-bed semi-detached properties that have 1,453 sq ft of living space arranged across three floors and cost from €430,000.
A 100m-long curved avenue flanked by landscaped grounds forms the entrance to Kingsland. The exterior of the houses themselves is finished in Ibstock brick and dry dash, with a Prestige hardwood front door from Munster Joinery, and UPVC windows, fascia, soffits and gutters. There is a charging point for an electric car at the entrance to each cobble-lock driveway, which has space for two cars.
Inside, there are higher-than-standard ceiling heights and timber-effect laminate flooring throughout the ground floor, complemented by contemporary-style skirting. Buyers have a choice of two layouts for the ground floor - an open-plan kitchen/dining/living space or a kitchen/diner with a separate living room.
To the rear, double-glazed bi-folding doors open on to a patio and a landscaped back garden. The kitchen is fitted with quartz worktops in Vittoria White and handle-less units in a matte dove grey finish.
Upstairs, there are three double bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor, while the second floor is home to a master ensuite with a dressing area and drawers - with room for a sofa or window seat below the dormer window. The other bedrooms are fitted with built-in wardrobes, also in a matte dove grey colour. The bathrooms come with chrome heated towel rails, as well as floor and wall tiling, while the ensuites are fitted with shower enclosures with chrome and glass doors.
The A-rated houses are equipped with an Aereco demand control ventilation system that ventilates each room, as well as an air-to-water heat pump that provides domestic hot water and efficient heating.
Commuters who buy at Kingsland can take the train from Donabate railway station to Connolly Station, a 21-minute journey. A Dublin Bus service via the port tunnel takes about the same amount of time, while the M1 is a five-minute drive and the M50 is 15 minutes away, traffic permitting. Malahide is a mere four minutes away on the train.
Viewings will be held at Kingsland tomorrow and Sunday, from 2.30pm to 4pm.