New home view: Take in the Kilternan scenery with unique first-floor living rooms
We examine the latest developments around the country
Given that snow-capped mountains are few and far between in Ireland, it's not surprising that we're not exactly renowned for producing alpine skiing champions.
Our winter sports athletes instead have to find their ski legs on the country's only artificial ski slope at Kilternan, on the foothills of the Dublin Mountains.
Kilternan's alpine motif is also evident at Struan Glen, the first new residential development of any significance to launch in the south Dublin suburb in 15 years.
The scheme of 11 family homes being released to the market this weekend is not only nestled on a slope with mountain views, but the exterior of the four-bed properties are partly finished in a classic stone panelling reminiscent of alpine chalets. The alpine theme extends to the living room, where there is a fitted log-effect gas stove.
Struan Glen is located off the Enniskerry Road in Kilternan, near the border to Wicklow. The affluent village has a quasi-rural feel thanks, in part, to the area's low-density dwellings and large open spaces.
There is a slew of different house types available at Struan Glen, though all of them are laid out over three floors to maximise the views. Built by Stoneville Developments, Struan Glen's stand-out features include nine-foot ceilings on the first and ground floors, rear windows and sliding doors that span the width of each house to enable residents make the most of the back garden.
There are end-of-terrace, mid-terrace and detached properties for sale. Prices start at €595,000 for the mid-terraced homes, which measure 1,950 sq ft, with prices for the detached homes, which range in size from 1,815 sq ft to 2,242 sq ft, starting between €675,000 and €750,000, depending on their size. The end-of-terrace show house costs from €685,000 and the price includes the contents.
The hillside properties have unusual layouts - as well as a ground-floor reception room, house types A, B, C and D also have another living room on the first floor, where wide windows capture the vista of the surrounding countryside.
A staircase and landing divides that first-floor living room from the entrance to an ensuite bedroom on the same level. The second floor is home to the other three bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - and a family bathroom.
The kitchens have floor-to-ceiling sliding doors and the contemporary painted units come with soft-close doors and drawers, under-cabinet lighting, Silstone worktops and integrated Bosch appliances.
The utility rooms have overhead cabinets, a worktop and a sink. The bathrooms and ensuites are fitted with white-glazed sanitary ware, vanity units and chromed brass fittings.
Other interior finishes include contemporary painted doors with ironmongery, grooved skirting and architraves, a Stira stairs leading to a floored attic space, and recessed LED down-lighters in the rooms. Out front, there is a paved drive and planter beds, while the rear garden comes with a granite-paved patio.
Each home at Struan Glen has an A2 energy rating. Roof-mounted solar panels help heat domestic water and central heating is generated by an A-rated energy-saving gas condensing boiler. Showhouses are open tomorrow and Sunday, between 3pm-5pm. Building work will be completed between April and September.
Kilternan, Dublin 18
Asking price: €595,000-€750,000
Agent: JLL Residential (01) 6731600