New Home View: Back in the saddle at Baldoyle

The Irish Independent
October 2, 2020

During the 1840s, huge crowds from Dublin city attended horse racing on open land in Baldoyle. So popular was the attraction that an enclosed racecourse was opened outside the north Dublin village in 1842.

By the 1970s, however, the racecourse had shut due to a lack of funds available to renovate the old stands. After several attempts at developing homes on the former racecourse, residential development eventually started during the 2000s, at a scheme called The Coast.

A few years after the Irish property market recovered from the crash, development resumed at The Coast, and crowds of a different hue flocked to Baldoyle again, this time to bag a home of their choice at Silverbanks, a scheme of 210 houses, duplexes and apartments on Red Arches Road that launched in 2017.

The latest development to launch at The Coast is Bay View, which went on the market this week. Richmond Homes is developing 546 houses and apartments, a new neighbourhood centre and parks, as well as leisure, childcare and community facilities at Bay View, which is located off the Coast Road, on Red Arches Road. Bay View will be bounded by an 80-hectare planned park.

There are 29 homes for sale in Bay View's first phase. There is a slew of house types to appeal to a wide variety of buyers, but with starting prices of €410,000, the three-beds will prove popular with first-time buyers who are availing of the help-to-buy tax rebate initiative and planning on extending upwards if their families grow or they need a home office - the attics of the three-bed houses are floored to facilitate a future conversion.

The starting price of €410,000 is for the Swift style, namely a three-bed mid-terraced design spanning 1,163 sq ft. The Heron, a slightly larger 1,206-sq ft three-bed that's available as a mid-terraced or end-of-terrace style, is priced from €425,000.

Prices for the four-beds start at €485,000 for the Jay, a mid-terraced style extending over 1,518 sq ft, while the Tern, an end-of-terrace four-bed with 1,604 sq ft of living space, costs from €500,000.

Designed by Henry J Lyons Architects, the contemporary-style timber-framed houses have a facade finished in either a full-brick or a combination of brick and render, depending on the house type. There are UPVC frames to the windows and an aluminium front door with a five-point locking system. There are handy brick bin stores to the front paved forecourt area, and the back garden comes with a lawn, a paved patio, an external light and power socket, and a water butt for rainwater collection.

Inside, there is extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing to maximise the flow of natural light into the living spaces. Each kitchen comes with custom-fitted handleless units, quartz worktops, under-cabinet lighting, Bosch appliances, and a separate utility room that has provision for a washing machine and dryer.

The bedrooms come with ample storage space and custom-fitted wardrobes. The bathrooms are fitted with sanitary ware, chrome heated towel rails, rainwater showerheads, and built-in vanity units.

The A2-rated homes are each equipped with an air-source heat pump that provides central heating and a demand-controlled ventilation system to ensure a constant supply of fresh air.

For family buyers, there is an array of primary and secondary schools that can be easily reached on foot, by bicycle or by public transport from Bay View, such as Baldoyle NS, Portmarnock NS, Sutton Park School, and St Mary's Catholic School, and there are several creches located close to the development.

Meanwhile, the 8km-long Velvet Strand at Portmarnock is just a few minutes' drive or cycle away and Howth is a 20-minute cycle away.

Residents of Bay View can access the new 1.8km-long walking and cycling greenway between Baldoyle and Portmarnock that opened in June. Clongriffin train station is just a five-minute walk away from Bay View.

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