The new home view: Stay 'coole in Peyton
Peyton, Rathcoole, Co Dublin Asking price: From €485,000 Agent: Coonan New Homes (01) 6288400
Peyton may seem like an out-of-character name for a residential development in the southwest Dublin village of Rathcoole, which is best known for An Poitín Stil, the thatched pub and restaurant built on the site of an inn house that was for centuries a landmark for people making the journey to the west.
If Peyton sounds like the name of an American soap opera, that's because it was: the very first primetime soap opera to air on US television, in fact. Back in the 1960s, ABC sought to emulate the success of the English TV series Coronation Street and Peyton Place made its debut stateside in 1964. The soap acted as a springboard for the young careers of actors like Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal and even set the stage for future soap operas such as Dallas and Dynasty.
The Rathcoole development also has its origins in a different era - the first houses at Peyton went on sale in June 2008, right before the property market imploded. But unlike most of its counterparts across the country, building at Peyton continued throughout the downturn. And it didn't hurt that the 2011 extension of the red Luas line to Saggart, 2km away, made Peyton more accessible to the centre of Dublin.
Indeed, the Luas line, as well as Peyton's proximity to the N7, means commuters to the capital keen on a taste of rural life are the target market for the final phase of the 200-unit scheme.
Peyton, which is located about 350m away from Main Street, is currently being built by Stanley Residential, the developer behind 60 homes at Croftwell, just 150m away from An Poitín Stil, and Rathcoole's Aubrey Manor. However, the size and finishes at the last release at Peyton exceed that of Croftwell, the selling agent says.
Five of the 16 five-bed semi-detached homes that make up the last phase will be released tomorrow. Prices for the five-bed, three-storey semis, which range in size from 2,120 sq ft to 2,454 sq ft, start at €485,000.
Like the properties at Croftwell, the houses at Peyton have redbrick-fronted elevations, box-bay windows, and silver granite sills and surrounds to the white-framed windows.
They also have dormer windows off the second floor and a black front door. There is a driveway out front and the rear garden can be accessed via a side gate.
The most unusual of the three styles of five-beds in the tranche is the B style, which spans 2,454 sq ft.
Its main entrance is to the side, rather than to the front, putting the staircase in the middle of the ground floor. There is a study and a living room with a box-bay window to the front, and an L-shaped kitchen/dining/family room lit by skylights to the rear.
The fitted kitchen comes with quartz worktops, soft-close drawers and doors, and an extractor hood, and appliances are thrown in if signed contracts are returned within 21 days. Sliding patio doors lead from the dining space to the garden. There's also a separate utility room and a guest lavatory on this level.
There are three bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - on the first floor, as well as a storage space and a bathroom.
There is a further bathroom on the second floor, as well as two more bedrooms and three storage areas. The bedroom wardrobes have soft-close drawers and doors, while the bathrooms and ensuites are tiled and come with chrome heated towel rails. A built-in vacuum system helps keep each home clean. The Peyton homes were built to an A BER standard and include eco-friendly features such as triple-glazed, high performance, low U-value windows and external doors to ensure maximum heat retention, and an air-source heat pump that provides energy efficient central heating.
Rathcoole, which is 22km from Dublin city centre, is just off the N7's Junction 4 and is a few minutes' drive from the M50 motorway and the Red Cow. Avoca is also nearby. The new showhouse will be open for the first time this weekend. Viewings will be held between 2pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.