Thursday 27 October 2016

Desirable homes on the hill

This weekend sees the launch of new high-spec family homes in Killiney

Published 08/05/2016 | 02:30

The properties include luxurious kitchens
The properties include luxurious kitchens
Albany is the second residential development by Cairn Homes
The properties boast luxurious living rooms

It goes without saying that the location of Albany, a new homes scheme on the Killiney Hill Road that launches this weekend, is one of Dublin's most desirable addresses. At one time, the area attracted so many famous musicians that it was nicknamed Dublin's rock broker belt. Over the years, famous residents have included - and in some cases, still do include - Bono and Ali Hewson, Enya, Jim Kerr and Patsy Kensit, Van Morrison, Chris De Burgh, Lisa Stansfield and Joe Elliott.

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Within walking distance of Killiney beach and village, Dart station and the prestigious Holy Child girls' secondary school, the scheme is also near Shankill and Dalkey villages. Situated on the grounds of Albany House, this is a chance to buy an energy-efficient ne home in the heart of one of Dublin's smartest suburbs.

Albany House and its outhouses, which are listed buildings, are being restored and will contain five two- and three-bed homes, to be launched later this year. Fourteen of the 15 house units will launch this week, with one four-bed detached to launch at a later date.

This is Cairn Homes' second residential development; its first was Parkside, just off the Malahide Road, launched in September 2015. First established in 2014, the company became, in 2015, the first Irish homebuilder to float on the London Stock Exchange market since the Nineties.

The company has a number of other residential projects coming up, including schemes in Rathgar, Hanover Quay, Blackrock, Stillorgan, Foxrock, Navan and Galway. Attention to detail is the hallmark of this new launch, and these family homes are bright, spacious and impressively well finished.

"We have sold over 70 homes at Parkside, Malahide Road and we hope homebuyers will love our new scheme at Albany, which is set amid the picturesque grounds of the sensitively restored Albany House - an exquisite Victorian villa," says Kevin Stanley, Cairn's chief commercial officer.

There are two house types available, both laid out over three floors; four-bed semi-detached, 198sqm, from €895,000, and five-bedroom homes, 231sqm, from €1,075,000. The four-bed semi-detached units include a living room at the front of the house, which features coffered ceilings with concealed rope lighting, taking the bare look from these nine-foot high rooms.

Lighting is used throughout to great effect, both natural and artificial. There are recessed lights in all rooms, on stairways and in some bedrooms above the bed, whilst judicious placing of skylights in both house types and a large side window overlooking the stairwell of some of the five-bed detached homes, lend these houses a bright, airy feel. Recessed sliding doors lead from the living room of the four-bed semi-detached to the large open-plan area to the rear.

The handle-less Sanremo Oak kitchen is by McNally Living and all integrated Neff appliances are included as standard, as are the kitchen and utility floor tiles.

Double doors lead to a landscaped garden that includes a cedar bench, two electric sockets that are handy for the gardener as well as subtle outdoor lighting. This level also includes a ground-floor WC, understairs storage and a utility room off the open-plan area.

All homes feature a solid American white oak stairs from ground to first floor, with recessed lighting. The first floor comprises the main bathroom and two bedrooms, including the master suit, with walk-in-wardrobe, en suite and balcony. All bathrooms come with tiles, shower doors, sanitary ware and heated towel rails included as standard. There are fitted wardrobes in all bedrooms.

The second floor has two bedrooms, one en suite, and a third room, a box room with skylight that could be turned into a home office. The houses have a BER rating of A3. There is underfloor heating throughout, with individual wall-mounted controls in each room.

In the five-bed homes, the living room is separate. At the rear, the open-plan kitchen/living/dining room has two skylights and a large utility room with garden access. There is also a WC and understairs storage. On the first floor, as well as the main bathroom, there is a large bedroom with en suite and walk-in wardrobe to the rear of the house. To the front is a further bedroom that would also work as a separate living room.

The second floor includes the spacious master bedroom, with a walk-through corridor wardrobe to en suite, and double skylights. A third room on this level would be suitable as a home office or playroom. There is also easily accessed under-eaves storage.

These homes are expected to attract those trading up to larger family homes. However, they would also make an attractive prospect for the purchaser looking to downsize to a still spacious, but lower-maintenance house; large in Killiney also tends to mean an old house with large garden, both of which can be difficult to maintain.

Address: Killiney Road, Killiney, Co Dublin

Agent: Kelly Walsh and Sherry FitzGerald (01) 664 5500 and (01) 667 1888

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