The price is right at St Helens
St Helens, Adamstown, Co Dublin
Asking price: €285,000-€360,00
Agent: Savills (New Homes), (01) 6181300 or Leahy Residential, (01) 6011800
First-time buyers seeking the rarity that is a three-bed home in Co Dublin for less than €300,000 have had their appetites whetted for weeks by a marketing blitz for St. Helens in Adamstown.
It's no surprise, then, that some 1,000 would-be buyers have already signed up to the enquiry list for the scheme.
In the early Noughties, the planned town of Adamstown was feted as a better-designed version of Shannon, the Co. Clare town built from the 1960s to house airport workers and their families. Because of Adamstown's location near national and suburban rail and road networks, it was designated in 2003 as Ireland's first Strategic Development Zone. This would enable developers to secure fast-track planning to build homes in tandem with the creation of infrastructure such as community facilities and a rail station. The station opened in 2007, but, amid the property crash, just 1,600 of the planned 9,000 homes for Adamstown had been constructed.
As the property market recovered, building at Adamstown came back on track last year, with 177 homes launched at Alderlie by Castlethorn Construction just three days after the Government announced a help-to-buy scheme for first-time buyers in October.
The infrastructure at Adamstown has improved too, with the Phoenix Park rail tunnel opening to commuters in November for the first time in a century. The tunnel means rail services from Adamstown go directly to the IFSC and Grand Canal Dock rather than having passengers travel to Heuston Station and then switching to the Luas. Construction is due to commence on the Adamstown sports hall and community centre in the coming weeks, while planning has been lodged for a new all-weather playing pitch.
St. Helens, named after an old house that once sat in the west Dublin neighbourhood, is a new section being built by Castlethorn. Once finished, it will have 135 three- and four-bed homes and will be flanked by two of Adamstown's parks.
The first phase, being launched this weekend, will have 57 terraced and semi-detached homes laid out over two and three floors. Three-bed terraced houses with 1,184 sq ft of accommodation and a price-tag of €285,000 is the most ubiquitous style, with 39 of them in the initial release.
Buyers of the three-beds can opt to have a separate utility room or use that space to create room in the kitchen/diner for a sofa. The fully fitted kitchen comes with integrated appliances if contracts are signed within 28 days. The larger three-beds measure 1,281 sq ft and are priced at €330,000, while the 1,496-sq ft four-beds cost from €360,000.
The exteriors are finished in a mix of brick and coloured render, and there is a seeded garden to the rear and a cobble-lock driveway to the front.
All homes will have an A3 BER, courtesy of features such as gas-fired central heating, roof-mounted PV panels and a demand control ventilation system.
Adamstown train station, two primary schools, one secondary school and a creche are all just 500m from St. Helens. The Liffey Valley Shopping Centre, which has 95 shops, is 6km away, while Lucan village is 2.7km away.
Viewings of the show homes at St Helens will be held tomorrow and Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm.