Castleview, Williamstown Road, Waterford City

Asking price: €645,000-€685,000

Agent: DNG Reid & Coppinger (051) 852 233

The pandemic has prompted more house-hunters to turn their backs on big cities and cash in on house sales in Dublin and abroad, so they can buy a larger property in their hometowns and enjoy a better quality of life.

This is also the case in Waterford City, where house prices jumped 11pc in the third quarter, compared to an average price increase of 2.2pc in Dublin, according to the latest report.

On Waterford City’s Williamstown Road, near the eastern suburb of Ballygunner, a new development of large detached houses that’s selling off the plans has already fielded enquiries from Waterford natives planning to return from Dublin, the UK, Australia and the US, according to the selling agent.

Castleview, which consists of 23 contemporary-style four-beds and five-beds, is targeting both locals and returnees with the promise of a dedicated study space for buyers who work from home and the lure of being on the doorstep of sandy beaches, picturesque villages such as Dunmore East, the Waterford Greenway and the Comeragh Mountains.

The scheme began selling off the plans three weeks ago and a showhouse is due to open at the site in late February. There are two main house types at Castleview: a four-bed spanning 2,650 sq ft and priced from €645,000 and a five-bed extending over 2,950 sq ft and costing from €685,000.

The homes are finished in a painted nap plaster, with raised reveals and surrounds to the alu-clad windows. There is a double-height entrance to the five-bed design, with timber pergolas to the four-bed style. Double doors open from the dining area to a patio and large stepped-back garden.

The homes will come with timber flooring, tiling, a kitchen and fully-fitted bathrooms. However, buyers also have the option for individual interior finishes, thanks to allowances of €22,000 for the kitchen and wardrobes, €11,000 for tiling, and €6,000 for flooring.

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