The new home view: Rural village setting for The Green
The Green, Garristown, Co Dublin
Asking price: €625,000
Agent: Brennan Town & Country (01) 556 3635
When Samuel Lewis was writing his Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, which was published in 1837, the north Co Dublin village of Garristown was described as having a constabulary police station, a dispensary, and a "windmill on a hill near the village, from which is an extensive prospect, commanding a view over 14 counties."
The police station and part of the windmill survive to this day. Indeed, Garristown has retained its unspoiled rural village nature, not having suffered from over-development, with the 2016 census showing it having a population of just 509 people.
The centre of Garristown is 120m above sea level and the hills that surround the village afford panoramic views, from the Mourne Mountains in the north to the Wicklow Mountains in the south. Off tree-lined Main Street, on a site that was once farmland, JR Tuite Developments is building a small development called The Green that was designed to make the most of the countryside views.
The scheme consists of four five-bed detached houses that will officially go on the market this weekend. Each property sits on a half-acre plot and spans 2,314 sq ft, excluding a detached garage, which has enough space for two cars. Two of the houses, which are priced from €625,000, have already been reserved.
A sweeping gravelled driveway leads to each of the two-storey homes, which are finished with large triple-glazed alu-clad windows to flood the interiors with light and maximise those views. A roof finished in Spanish slate complements a rendered painted exterior that incorporates stone and zinc detail.
On entering the pale-green hardwood front door, there is a bright living room to the left and a kitchen/diner/lounge to the right. The in-frame kitchen is made from solid wood and is fitted with a feature island, soft-close doors and drawers, and fully integrated appliances.
The triple-aspect informal lounge to the back of the kitchen has bi-folding doors that open on to the back patio and the landscaped garden. A guest WC and a utility room complete the ground-floor accommodation of the L-shaped house.
A turning staircase leads to the first floor, where there is a family bathroom, a master ensuite with walk-in wardrobes, two double bedrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill style ensuite, and two further bedrooms. The bathroom, guest WC and ensuites have heated towel rails, tiling to the floors and wet areas, and fitted screens where there are showers. Each house has A2 BER and a Daikin air-to-water heat pump, resulting in minimal energy and heating costs.
For buyers with young children, The Green is just opposite St Mary's National School. The village also has a convenience store, a service station, a craft butcher shop, two pubs, a church, and one of the 62 remaining libraries established in early 20th-century Ireland with funding from the Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
Dublin city centre is 27km to the south of Garristown, while Swords is 18km to the southeast and Ashbourne is 8km to the southwest. Access to the N2 is 4km away, while the M1 is 12km. Viewings at The Green will be held on Sunday, from 2pm and 4pm, and by appointment thereafter.