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02-02-2016, 13:29   #16
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The first phase is the top left two blocks here - http://royalcanalpark.com/site-plan/ with the top one ready to move in end of Jan (middle of Feb) and the one below ready to move in mid March (late April).

The next phase is to be released in January, but obviously that'll be at least February.
It's not completely clear how large that phase will be, whether it's just the Royal Canal Avenue/Phelan Park block or whether there'll be more to it.

After that they said July I think, which is probably September. That may complete the site or there may be another phase after that. There were 29 houses in the first two blocks so I'd say the odds are good.

Even if they're all gone from the Royal Canal Park end, take a look at planning application 3666/15 on http://www.dublincity.ie/swiftlg/apa...iteria.display

It's up the Rathborne end but also lots of houses and apartments. It hasn't got final approval yet, but it will do eventually and the house types are very similar.

There's also a third site between Royal Canal Park/Cassian Court & Rathborne Avenue/Ashtown which will almost certainly be developed at some stage, but has no new planning application as yet. (It's where the school is planned to go too).

In short, there will be options into the future, though if being close to the Luas is among your priorities, get in sooner rather than later.
The total planned population for the area is just over 6k, current pop (2011 census) 3.2k.

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There's a few other developments slated for the area that pique my interest but which I don't count on - the new train station at Royal Canal Park itself. This is apparently at design stage,.
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This would be amazing. I also heard from a LUAS drive of the LUAS station being up at Campbells Tyres as the LUAS driver want nothing to do with Broombridge. Probably no truth in it but it would make me so happy!
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I looked at the 3 and 4 bed houses in this development in early Dec. As mentioned above the houses themselves are nicely finished and laid out and the area is convenient and suitable to our needs.
However what dissuaded me was:
1) The tiny out of proportion back gardens with no shed or space to build one
2) No communal garage/storage for bicycles or other items
3) Only one car parking spot per house with an option to buy another in the area
4) Management fees in the region of €1k per year which included bins and "security" with the option of using an onsite gym in the apartment complex.

The perpetual and expensive management fees for a private dwelling house was the real deal breaker.
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This would be amazing. I also heard from a LUAS drive of the LUAS station being up at Campbells Tyres as the LUAS driver want nothing to do with Broombridge. Probably no truth in it but it would make me so happy!
They'd have to bring the Luas tracks across both the existing rail line and canal. I'd rate that as extremely unlikely.
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Anyone know what the plans are for this development regarding future phases (when they are launching and what mix will be available)?

Might be in the position in about a year/towards the end of the year all going to plan to buy and like the look of the area. Would be considering a 3 bed. Afraid to contact the agent as I don't want to get spammed!
As far as I know Phase 1 + Phase 2 were released in November for sale
Phase 1 expected to be delivered in Feb
Phase 2 in March/April

Phase 3 is planned to be released for sale in February
Delivery expected for July

Based on the brochure, there seems to be about 4 more after Phase 3 (1 and 2 being quite small compared with the rest). I don't see that going faster then the end of the year.

Anyway, the best thing we'll be to ask the agents. I didn't get any SPAM from them so far
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I looked at the 3 and 4 bed houses in this development in early Dec. As mentioned above the houses themselves are nicely finished and laid out and the area is convenient and suitable to our needs.
However what dissuaded me was:
1) The tiny out of proportion back gardens with no shed or space to build one
2) No communal garage/storage for bicycles or other items
3) Only one car parking spot per house with an option to buy another in the area
4) Management fees in the region of €1k per year which included bins and "security" with the option of using an onsite gym in the apartment complex.

The perpetual and expensive management fees for a private dwelling house was the real deal breaker.
The back gardens seemed to me to be about normal for modern developments.
The air source heating unit took up a bit of space though, and I wonder what it sounds like in operation.

The fact that they have air source heating would mean that Gas is never going to be an option in this estate. I read mixed reviews about air source heating, if its working correctly it is very good, but if its not operating at 100% then you could end up paying a lot more in electricity and need to get it serviced at which point some of the parts can be expensive.. again this was internet searching.
The brand of the system is stiebel eltron. It's basically an air conditioning system running in reverse.

I also noticed the damage to the eaves of one of the show units, The roof design itself is somewhat non traditional, who would be responsible for organising the repairs? The management company or the home owner?

To be honest the very existence of a management company puts me on edge as it suggests people will just leave all maintenance to them and not give a toss.
I currently rent an apartment and don't have a high opinion of management companies.

With regard to bike parking, some of the houses that are end of terrace have a side gate, but the rest would appear to be landlocked. I guess it would be an issue for sure.

I assume there are communal bin facilities, but I didn't see them, perhaps they haven't built them yet?

I read the planning documents, some of the complaints from the existing management company and residents mention that the existing gym is at capacity and in fact there was supposed to be a second gym provided for the second phase of apartments and this was not provided.

Parking is also going to be an issue because many of the areas being developed were previously allocated to overflow parking for the existing apartments.
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Looks like phase 2 is launching on February 20th.
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Prices are going up by 5k on the three beds, haven't heard about the four beds yet but there seems to be a lot less interest on those so maybe they won't.

I can't understand the layout of the four beds at all. They're enormous houses that are really well laid out yet for some reason, there's hardly room to sit at the kitchen table and nowhere else to put it. The end of terrace four beds seem to be better but you lose the snug on the ground floor and airing room on the second floor.

I mailed Luas Cross city about the security of the towpath between RCP and Luas Broombridge (emphasis is theirs):
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Under the proposed Royal Canal Greenway Plan lighting and security along the canal will be upgraded. The plan includes a cycleway which will run from the Docklands as far as Ashtown and will connect to the Grand Canal Greenway, which is already complete. The plan is subject to government funding and the earliest start date for the upgrade from Cross Guns Bridge to Ashtown is likely to be late 2017. The Luas Cross City project is due to open around the same time at the end of 2017.

There have already been significant improvements to the environment as a result of the regular volunteer group clean ups and the co-operative efforts of all the authorities represented on the Royal Canal Development Group. However, the group have no dedicated funding and further significant improvements are likely to be dependent on the Greenway project being implemented.
Sherry Fitz are making such a half-hearted effort at selling those houses. The girls in the show houses know absolutely nothing (where are the TV points, why don't you have keys to get out to the garden) and are bored silly. The ladies in the marketing office don't know a whole pile else (how much is phase 2, how many units of each type are being built, how do TV and Internet companies work, what will the make-up of the management company be and what will their responsibilities be). Nicola in the main office never returns my calls.

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I feel your pain. Couldn't get a straight answer re parking. We have two cars but unless we buy house with two car spaces then we have no guarantee of parking. They said there would be ample parking but wont say how many. I see 34 on the site plan. E/A seem annoyed if you ask questions, unbelievable. Did they confirm new prices? I was told they would reveal on the morning of launch!!!!😠
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Agreed on the estate agents being utterly useless. It takes three phone calls on one day to get a return phone call. The whole "sales pitch", including the brochure is shoddy.

For parking look at the planning permission. In fact for everything look at the planning permission, even if the EA's would give answers you shouldn't believe em. There's no contractual obligation based on what they say. That said, the final parking info is buried in the compliance drawings and I can't find it right now. No matter how many parking spaces are visitor parking, if you think you'll need two spaces then pay the E10K extra for peace of mind. With the apartment blocks etc. around and the other new construction planned, you'll never regret buying a house with two if there's any chance you'll use them.

For the canal path, I found this discussion: http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showt...php?p=98638736
It sounds like ASB isn't too much of a problem currently. As a rule of thumb I never trust any development plans that aren't currently on site being built. I do think that with the Luas finishing at Broombridge and the additional development in Pelletstown, that stretch of canal will be better trafficed and thus generally safe at commuting times from the numbers walking it.

On the kitchens in the Heron & Ash. It took me weeks to realise but the general layout & size of the Ash and Heron is identical with two exceptions. The Heron has the bay window & the Ash has double doors between the kitchen and sitting room. The kitchen in both is a good size, but the layout of the kitchen itself in both is poor. I think the problem is that the kitchen that works for the room - a straight line of cabinets against the long wall doesn't look nice for a show house so they've gone with the silly island arrangement that divides the room. A straight line of cabinets that would give plenty of storage, a lovely open room and plenty of space for a huge table. The other alternative would be to fully take down the wall between the sitting room & kitchen. It's not structural so shouldn't be a problem (but ask an engineer who's using their degree rather than me).
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It seems that they increased the price for 3 bed houses with 20K. Based on the email notification the lowest price will be 315K. I think that is quite pricy for the area and for a terraced house.
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I feel a price increase is not justified. The area doesn't really have an awful lot going for it and while the houses are very good they also have a few too many potential problems, most of which stem from the 'townhouse' issue where you are buying a house but it has all the negatives that come with owning an apartment.

I would recommend reading all the planning documents anyway. They can help you with questions to ask the sales team.
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Just spotted an article on Irish times. 3 beds at 315 to 325. Think it's too much of a hike for us coupled with small garden, lack of parking and high management fees we are not going ahead. Back to the drawing board.
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Just spotted an article on Irish times. 3 beds at 315 to 325. Think it's too much of a hike for us coupled with small garden, lack of parking and high management fees we are not going ahead. Back to the drawing board.
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it is the new train station opening next year that promises a 25-minute bed- to-desk commute time of 25 minutes to Connolly Station that appeals to the first-time-buyers.
Are they referring to the Pelletstown train station which has no funding and no-one knows when it might start work or the Luas stop at Broombridge which opens next year? They seem to be a little confused.
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I think it's the no new building "estate agent" travel time.

From Broombridge or Ashtown to Connolly is 10-15minutes on the train depending on how many trains you get stuck behind on the way into Connolly. Either station is about 10 minutes walk on the towpath, so the estate agent total is 25 minutes. In fairness google maps gives much the same estimate, but there's no allowance for any waiting around at the station.

https://www.google.ie/maps/dir/53.37...53.3528023!3e3

You're also likely to have a bit of a walk to wherever you want to get to from Connolly. Docklands, Pearse & Grand Canal Dock are more useful for commuting.

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