Anyone travelling southbound across the M50 can't fail to notice the signs for Grange Hill, a new development near the Dundrum exit, which has been under construction.
It's ready to launch this weekend and is aimed at the family market with four and five-bedroom semi-detached homes built over three storeys. While there will be 19 in total in the first phase (four of the five beds and 15 of the four beds), eight will be ready for sale immediately.
The four-bed 'Kilakee'-style is 1,883 sq ft and incorporates a kitchen/dining/living room and guest WC on the ground floor, two bedrooms, one ensuite and a bathroom on the first floor and two further bedrooms, another ensuite and bathroom along with a study/playroom on the top floor. This could be converted to give the option of a fifth bedroom if preferred. These will be priced from €640,000.
The five-bedroom 'Cruagh' measures 2,637 sq ft and is built in an L-shape which gives an interesting dynamic to the interior layout. On the ground floor is the Kitchen/Dining area which is in the 'extended' portion, with a utility room, Living room and guest WC. There are two hallways - to the front and rear, effectively 'splitting' the ground floor.
Upstairs are four bedrooms, one ensuite and the family bathroom while the top floor houses the main bedroom, bathroom and again, a study or playroom. The price on this style starts from €755,000.
All homes are A3 BER rated thanks to photovoltaic solar panels, triple-glazed windows and a Vaillant eco-TEC pressurised gas heating system. Attention has been paid to back gardens which will come levelled and seeded, but with a 130 sq ft paved patio area as standard. Also on offer, free of charge, is the option to have a brick barbecue constructed into the rear wall. Walls are high and make the garden space private. There are French windows leading out from the kitchen in all cases.
The kitchens are by 'Christoff' and finished in off-white with an island unit. The developer, Victoria Homes Ltd, is offering a €2,000 allowance towards appliances. There are 9' ceilings throughout and each house has off-street parking for two cars. AKM Construction are responsible for the architecture. There is an option for a wood-burning stove or gas inset fire for the living room.
The location of the development on Harold's Grange Road means that there are many amenities nearby. Marlay Park with its walks, woodlands and farmers' market is 300m; Dundrum Town Centre and Sandyford Industrial Estate are within 5km while the nearest Luas is at Balally, 3.4km away.
The houses are framed by a number of golf courses including Stackstown, the Grange and Rathfarnham.
Viewing is this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 18/19 April from 2 - 4pm.
Enquiries to: Murphy Mullan Estate Agents (01) 451 5511.
Castle Terrace Court, Malahide, Co Dublin
This block of two and three-bedroom apartments come to market newly refurbished having been rented for a period of time, and are kitted out with a range of kitchen appliances, hi-gloss cabinets in white and dark wood, and wooden floors.
Located in Malahide village off the St. Margaret's Road, Castle Terrace Court is a gated development with secure underground car-parking for residents. The two-beds are single storey units with a hallway (with storage area), living/dining room, kitchen, two bedrooms and a bathroom. They will sell for €265,000-€285,000 depending on aspect and location.
The three-bedroom is over two storeys. It has a hallway, living/dining room, kitchen, two of the bedrooms and a guest WC on the lower floor, with the master bedroom, bathroom and a study upstairs. These are priced at €350,000-€360,000. Heating is supplied by natural gas. Castle Terrace is to the east of Malahide Castle and a short 650m walk to the marina. The train station is adjacent to the apartments which are at the end of a street of colourful terraces.
The development is on view this weekend, Saturday and Sunday 17/18 April from 12-2pm or by private appointment with the agent.
Enquiries to: McPeake Auctioneers (01) 827 2300.