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Charlesland Park - 4 Bed Duplex

  • 27-10-2005 1:47pm
    Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭

    Hey all,

    I'm in the process of purchasing 4 bed Dup in Charlesland Park, property due for completion (fingers crossed) July 06. I'll get straight to the point; I'd like to know how the property prices in CP have been behaving? Is there anyone out there who bought 4 bed Dup (or any other property) in the 1st CP development? Has the property held its value or risen at all? I would really appreciate your comments.

    Also, we're really looking forward to moving next year, any tips on the snag? What are your thoughts on the area? Are you loving life out there? How the commute (by car) to Dublin? Question, questions - nobody expects the Spanish inquisition!!!

    I've heard there has been a mixed reaction to the development in the area. I would love to hear your feedback. Anyway, take it easy, look forward to joining the community!!! Happpy days.



  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,036 ✭✭✭garred

    Don't know about the 4 beds but I think every property is going up in price down there. Want to get there myself (originally from Greystones). A couple of mates bought a 2 bed terraced for 295k about 6 months ago and they are now going for 330k.

  • Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭mjmorrisroe

    Thanks, thats good to know.

    I visited Charlesland again at the weekend and the draft coming through the show house windows/patio was terrible. Has anybody experienced these problems in purchased property?

  • Registered Users Posts: 51 ✭✭Opus_One

    Thanks, thats good to know.

    I visited Charlesland again at the weekend and the draft coming through the show house windows/patio was terrible. Has anybody experienced these problems in purchased property?


    We're in the final throes of snagging our 3 bed apartment, and noticed that the patio doors to the front were not meshing properly at the top - seems there are a few tensioners or something that needed adjusting, which the foreman duly did and my second inspection yielded much better results, though still not 100% perfect, so the foreman is going to replace it completely. I have to say that Durkans have been great throughout the snagging period - none of this cowboy business of calling you back with the snag list "completed" when nothing has actually been done, as has happened to a number of friends in various other developments.

    The main problem now seems to be that all of the windows are scratched on the outside and the outer panes of the double glazing need to be replaced. Not a problem from Durkans point of view, but a bit of a pain as it takes a week or so longer for Munster Glazing to come, measure, cut and replace the glass.

    A couple of words of advice mjmorrisroe, if you plan on putting wooden floors in then you will need to have the skirting boards left off or just 'tacked' on rather than nailed on proper, as it's hard to get them off again. You'll need to get on to the foreman about this direct, as Durkans themselves (in the office anyhow) won't entertain individual requests. Sent me a rather snotty mail in fact, saying how busy their foremen are and how could I possibly think they could take individual 'special' requests. In the heel of the hunt I managed to get hold of the foreman himself and it was no problem. He told me that they are happy to accommodate on most things (installation of downlighters and everything! - though sadly too late for me!) if they are told in time.

    Also kitchen presses, wardrobes, and bathroom and kitchen tiling can all be changed to whatever you like (though you may need to pay extra according to your taste), so if you want to change any of these details I would suggest you find out well in advance - they won't offer you any options or suggest any changes whatsoever, so it'll be down to you. Alas, when we finally did find out, we could only change the tiling (Harmony Tiles in Dunshaughlin), as everything else was in already.

    As for Hooke and Macdonald, well, I would suggest you do most of your dealings on this front with Durkans, as it would seem H&McD couldn't find their way out of a paper bag, let alone any details you might need. Orla Durkan at the office number was able to give me the details of the tiling crowd, so I'm sure she'll be able to tell you who do the wardrobes, cabinets etc.

    Finally, we bought ours back at the beginning of January and we were told it'd be finished May/June. Here we are November, and it'll take another couple of weeks, so unfortunately (though it might just suit you, depending on your angle) you can pretty safely add another 5 to 6 months on to your completion date.:rolleyes:

  • Registered Users Posts: 68 ✭✭mjmorrisroe

    Thanks Ops, really appreciate your comments & suggestions - you're insight helped alot. We're expecting to move in July 06, so maybe christmas next year is more likely...

    Could you do me a massive favour and supply the contact name & number of the person you dealt with at Durkans? Would like to deal with someone who knows what they are doing.

    I visited CP again last weekend and it looks to me like there is little or no insulation is being built in. I would like to speak with the foreman and maybe arrange site visit. Appreciate your help on this.

    Wish you luck on finishing the snag and moving into you new home. Cheers.