Video tour of new homes at Cultra's converted railway station
This exclusive new development in Cultra offers something completely unique with two converted historic buildings and three new homes set within the former railway station. Stephanie Bell reports...
Pushing the boundaries on design and desirability is this exclusive new gated development in Cultra.
Just launched this week, Cultra Station brings something unique to the market as it takes its inspiration for its design from the historic former Station Master's house and Cultra railway station which both have been skilfully transformed into contemporary new homes.
They sit beautifully beside three new homes which have been designed to complement the existing historic buildings.
As one of County Down's most iconic landmarks, the station house was originally built in 1897 with the proviso that it be "of an ornamental character" which resulted in beautiful detailing on the exterior elevations.
It also is the only red brick building of its kind in Northern Ireland.
Another unique feature is a covered footbridge which was built across newly laid double tracks to link the two platforms and incorporated into the building and was the only covered footbridge on the County Down Railway system.
Although removed after the Second World War, the first steps of the footbridge are still in place.
The Station Master's house was a private dwelling between 1937-1957 and was awarded Grade B1 Listed status in 2007 due to its local historical and architectural importance.
The property not only represents the most complete survival of a 19th century station ensemble, it is a scarce example of a combined station and station master's residence as well as three new homes.
Cultra Station was sold into private ownership as a residence in 1937 but has lain vacant in recent years.
The painstaking work to restore this beautiful example of late Victorian railway architecture was five years in the design process and has been undertaken by Davcrowe Ltd.
Meticulous attention to detail is obvious in every aspect, and the craftsmanship is evident throughout.
The stationmaster's house also boasts unique features of red brick walls with a strata of blue engineering brick, a bevelled brick plinth, two decorative terracotta stringcourses and a terracotta eaves course which have all been restored to form two stunning homes with period style and contemporary elegance.
The suburban station grounds have been sensitively developed to form a small, private, gated enclave featuring two new elegant three bedroom semi-detached homes and one new stylish three bedroom detached home with garden stores and extensive landscaping.
The development enjoys one of Northern Ireland's top locations in Cultra which offers the pleasures of coast and countryside with easy access to Holywood and Belfast.
The area is home to Royal Belfast Golf Club, Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, The Culloden Hotel & Elysium Gymnasium and Spa, Ulster Walks Coastal Pathways, Ballymenoch Park and The Ulster Folk & Transport Museum.
All five homes at Cultra Station are finished to a full turnkey specification.
Kitchens are fitted with high quality units, worktops and handles and come with an integrated gas hob, electric oven, extractor hood, fridge/freezer and dishwasher. Each house will also have an integrated washing machine and tumble dryer either in the utility room or kitchen.
In order to maximise cupboard space, some properties will be fitted with a modern combi washer/ dryer.
Bathrooms, en suites and WCs are finished with contemporary white sanitary ware with chrome fittings which includes a chrome finished towel radiator in the main bathroom and en suite, shower cubicles with glass screen in the bathroom and en suites, tiling and floor coverings.
Adding a touch of comfort to your new home, carpets with quality underlay is provided for the lounge, stairs/landing and all bedrooms.
Each house is fully painted inside with solid wood newel posts and handrails with balustrades, oversized skirting and contemporary architrave painted gloss white.
Wiring will be up-to-the-minute for today's smart homes and there are a number of TV and satellite points, mains supply smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and a generous provision of power points.
Keeping the look smart outside are landscaped gardens which will be top soiled and seeded with brick paved driveways or bitmac driveway depending on the plot location.
There will be boundary fencing to the side and fencing/walls to the back again depending on the plot.
There are two new three bedroom semi-detached homes and one new stylish three bedroom detached home to choose from as well as the historic former Station Master's house and Cultra Station.
The properties are all finished and ready for showing with open viewings on Thursday, September 7 from 6-8pm and Sunday, September 10 from 2-4pm.