Big on variety in D12
Wilkin's View, Walkinstown, Dublin 12 Asking price: €440,000-€540,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888
Until the 1930s, when house building first began in Walkinstown, the area was one steeped in farming. Indeed, the name of the Dublin suburb is a corruption of Wilkinstown, the townland named after Wilkins, a tenant farmer who lived in the expanse in the 15th century.
As a result, the name of the newest arrival to the neighbourhood, Wilkin's View, is an apt one. The design of the development of three and four-bed homes, aimed at mid-market buyers house-hunting in southwest Dublin, stands out amid a suburb where the dominant style is mid-20th century housing.
The new scheme is situated in a quiet cul-de-sac off Limekiln Avenue. The east side of Wilkin's View is adjacent to playing fields, with St Paul's Secondary School to the west of the new scheme.
The development is being built by Jackie Greene Construction, a 40-year-old house building firm responsible for other residential projects in the vicinity, including Fortfield Square, St Anne's and Hazel Park in Terenure.
There will ultimately be 56 homes at Wilkin's View - with a choice of six house types - when the scheme is finished. In the first phase, there are 20 homes, seven of which are still available, with a variety of house styles to choose from.
There are two types of four-bed semi-detached homes, which measure between 1,935 sq ft and 1,959 sq ft, depending on the style selected, and are priced from €540,000. Accommodation in the three-beds ranges in size from 1,281 sq ft to 1,335 sq ft and prices start at €440,000. To date, purchasers of the three-beds have mostly been first-time buyers armed with sizeable deposits or older buyers trading down, while the four-beds have appealed to trader-uppers, according to the selling agent.
The type 'A' four-bed at Wilkin's View has 1,935 sq ft of living space spread out over three levels, with a dormer window extending from the roof.
Inside, the ground floor is home to a separate living room, a kitchen/dining/family room and a WC. There are three bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, on the first floor, as well as a bathroom and a storage area. There is another ensuite bedroom on the top floor, as well as a separate storage space. The 'A1' type has a similar layout but the main entrance is at the brick-fronted gable end.
Meanwhile, the three-bed properties in the initial phase at Wilkin's View come as a B2 semi-detached or an end-of-terrace house type, or as a B1, which is a 1,280 sq ft mid-terrace style. Both the B2 and B1 types have a similar internal layout, with a kitchen/dining/family lounge to the rear that has access to the back garden, a separate living room to the front, and a master ensuite, two bedrooms, a storage area and a family bathroom upstairs.
The homes have a building energy rating of A3. Walkinstown is five miles from the centre of Dublin.
Viewings of the showhouse will take place tomorrow and Sunday, from 2pm-4pm.