Well-heeled family buyers teeing up to purchase a larger home are the target market for the four and five-bed houses at Fairways, a scheme being built at Cualanor, on the grounds of the former Dun Laoghaire Golf Club.
The golf club, near the new home of the Dun Laoghaire Bowling Club, was founded in 1910, before being acquired for development in 2002. Fourteen years later, the Cosgrave Property Group launched Cualanor's first section of houses, known as Roseland, retaining some of the old golf course's mature trees and features.
In May 2018, the Cosgraves launched Fairways, which will comprise 78 four- and five-bed houses when finished; it is set on the seaward side of the old golf course.
Its residents can use Cualanor's landscaped grounds, which include woodland areas, open spaces, a piazza, jogging paths, and a new 6.5-acre on-site park with a playground.
Having already sold 66 homes at Fairways, the selling agents will release the final phase of 12 three-storey houses tomorrow, through two remodelled showhouses. Prices start at €805,000 for the Alder, a 2,206-sq ft four-bed-plus-study style, and at €895,000 for the Birch, a five-bed design spanning 2,448 sq ft.
The façade of both house types are finished in red brick, with granite to the sills and surrounds of the front double-glazed UPVC windows.
To the rear, each house has a fully planted and landscaped garden with a shed, a service enclosure and a lockable access gate.
Inside, there is a large living/dining/kitchen room with a sliding glass door that opens onto a paved patio. The contemporary-style solid timber kitchen units from Nolan Kitchens come with quartz countertops, an island unit, and electronic appliances. The separate utility room has a worktop, a sink and cupboards, and is fitted with a washing machine and tumble dryer.
In addition to the family lounge on the ground floor, there is an extra-large entertainment room on the first floor that could be a space for teenagers to hang out.
There are two double bedrooms on the same floor and a further three bedrooms on the second floor. One of the top-floor bedrooms at the Alder style is designated as a study, but it could be used as a fifth bedroom instead.
All the bedrooms are fitted with wardrobes from the Curragh Deluxe range at Cawley's Furniture. The wardrobes have a light-grey exterior finish and Cambrian oak interiors, and there are walk-in wardrobes to the master ensuite.
As well as the WC on the ground floor and the master ensuite on the top floor, there is a family bathroom with both a bath and a shower on the first floor and another bathroom with a shower on the second floor. The bathrooms and ensuites were designed around contemporary clean lines and are fitted with shower enclosures, heated towel rails, and tiling to the wet areas.
The hot-press off the first-floor landing houses a heat recovery ventilation system that works together with passive house features to deliver energy savings and a constant supply of fresh air. PV panels on the roof generate free top-up electricity supplies, while an A-rated gas condensing boiler delivers central heating that can be controlled as needed from each floor.
Outside, each house is wired for an electric car charging point, and there is a GoCar car-sharing service near the development.
Cualanor is directly off Upper Glenageary Road, with pedestrian access to Tivoli Road via Eglington Park. There is a bus stop right outside Cualanor, or commuters can get the Dart from Dun Laoghaire, a 15-minute walk away.
There is a wide range of schools in the vicinity, as well as facilities such as the seafront, the People's Park, yacht clubs, sailing clubs and the Monkstown Tennis Club.
Two showhouses will be on view tomorrow and Sunday, between 2:30pm and 4pm, and on Thursday from 1pm to 2pm.
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