Saturday 1 October 2016

Five large family homes launch in Castleknock

This week sees the launch of new and traditional-style family homes beside Castleknock village. Liadan Hynes reports

Published 17/04/2016 | 02:30

Brookwood
Brookwood
Brookwood should appeal to both those trading up and those wishing to downsize

Hooke & MacDonald have brought a niche development of traditional-style spacious family homes in Castleknock to the market this week.

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Situated in a private cul-de-sac on the Castleknock Road, just beyond the village if travelling from the Phoenix Park, Brookwood, by Barina New Homes, is situated in a small infill site and includes just five units in total. There are two four-bed semi-detached homes, c175sqm, from €750,000 and three five-bed detached homes, c200sqm, from €955,000.

These houses should appeal to those trading up to a long-term family home or locals living in larger houses looking to downsize to a still relatively large home with the potential for a future downstairs bedroom.

"The market that you're looking at is the trader upper, people living in three- or four-bed semis, who want to move up," says Lorraine Kennedy of Barina New Homes.

"Or the person who is living in Castleknock already, in the larger houses, who wants to stay in the area, but doesn't necessarily want to go to a small house.

"They are living in these big houses, but it's costing them an awful lot in terms of heating." These houses have a BER rating of A3. Improved energy efficiency offered by new homes, and the resultant lower bills, are proving an important motivating factor for those looking to move home in retirement.

"It's nice to start off with a smaller site, where you can concentrate on the details," says Lorraine, who runs the family business, originally established by her father, with her three brothers. This is the company's first development since the crash. The focus is mainly residential, with some commercial.

Previously, the site had planning permission for a block of apartments and townhouses. The developer went back for new permission post-recession in response to a changed market where buyer demand is focused predominantly on family homes.

With Brookwood, they have aimed to emulate the look of a traditional family home, a style which is probably better suited to this sort of small site, rather than a larger scheme.

"What we looked to do was traditional family homes, because there's a real need for it in the area. I suppose what we were trying to do was keep that look of a traditional, old house, but then when you walk in, that you have that contemporary feel to it."

This was achieved by the partly gable-fronted exterior, the front doors, which are recessed to form a porch area, the red-brick and render finish and the slightly projected brick detailing over the hall door, all of which refer back to earlier building styles and are not normally part of the typical aesthetic of a new homes development.

In order to "maximise the space and the height" of the living areas, Lorraine explains that they cut down on hallway sizes. High ceilings also contribute to the spacious feel of these houses.

The two semi-detached homes sit at the front of the site, overlooking a small, open green area. There is parking for two cars in all front gardens. These houses are laid out over three floors, with a separate living room, spacious utility room, WC and kitchen/dining/living room at the back of the house, giving onto the rear garden.

There are three double bedrooms on the first floor, one en suite, and the main bathroom. The master bedroom, with en suite and a wall of fitted wardrobes, is on the third floor.

The piece de resistance of the project is the ground-floor living area of the three five-bedroom detached houses, which are situated at the rear of the cul de sac. Double-fronted, there is a smaller room off the hall, which would work as a study, or for those in search of lateral living, a downstairs bedroom, and a bigger living room, which leads, through double doors, into the large kitchen/dining room, which includes a large standalone island.

Two sets of double doors overlook the garden. A utility room leads off the kitchen and there is also a WC on this floor. The first floor, with a large landing, feels particularly spacious and holds five bedrooms - four doubles and one single. The master bedroom has both an en suite and a walk-in wardrobe. There is also the main bathroom, which has two sinks, and a separate shower and sink.

The five-beds have a large converted attic space, (giving an extra 37sqm on top of the 200), which is fully insulated. They come with high-spec kitchens, including quartz stone worktops. Appliances, including dishwasher, fridge, freezer, oven, microwave, electric hob and extractor fan, are included.

These homes are particularly well situated for buyers with older-to-teenage children or downsizers who want to be within walking distance of amenities and social outlets. The site is a few hundred metres from Castleknock train station, which offers regular services to the city. Castleknock village is within walking distance and is well populated with restaurants, shops, and pubs. It is also boasts some of Dublin's most popular schools, numerous leisure facilities, and, of course, the Phoenix Park is nearby.

Address: Castleknock Road, Castleknock, Dublin 15

Viewing: Today, 2.30-4pm

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 631 8402

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