Trading up to three storeys in Portmarnock
St. Marnock's Bay, Portmarnock, Co Dublin
In his 2012 book The Good Room: How Ireland Ended Up in a Debtors' Prison - and How We Can Break Free, pop economist David McWilliams famously described his granny's "good room" and how it was only available to visitors.
These days, households don't necessarily keep such a parlour but, for entertaining, a formal reception is a welcome bonus. The three-storey Poppy house type at St. Marnock's Bay has a formal living room on the ground floor, and an informal one on the first floor.
The four-bed semi-detached style aimed at trader-uppers commands starting prices of €630,000, with five of the eight 1,793-sq ft properties still on the market. The exteriors of these tall double-fronted houses are finished mostly in a mottled yellow brick.
The kitchens are classical in style, and appliances are included if contracts are signed and returned on time. Unusually, the utility room is on the second floor, enabling the developer to retain valuable space for the ground-floor kitchen/diner, and a floor drain safely channels any spillages away. There will be 101 homes at the Ballymore development when it is completed, with a second phase expected to come on stream in September. Viewings are by appointment.
Enquiries to: Savills (New Homes), (01) 618 1300 or O'Farrell Cleere, (01) 8453377