Schools around the corner
Diswellstown Manor, Castleknock, Dublin 15 Asking price: €530,000-€630,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402
With the expanses of the Phoenix Park on its doorstep and Dublin city centre a mere five miles away, it's no surprise that the leafy west suburb of Castleknock remains a popular choice for home buyers, especially trader-uppers.
The neighbourhood is one of the city's oldest suburbs. In the 12th century, the Barony of Castleknock was created as a feudal lordship for the Tyrell family.
It remained a rural village until the 1960s, when the first housing estates began to spring up. At Diswellstown Manor, a mile outside Castleknock, some of the locality's historical links have been retained: the new development is arranged around the eponymous Diswellstown House, a 17th century two-storey mansion and protected structure once owned by a Scottish family called the Kennans.
The builders of the 119 unit development have retained the five acres of landscaped mature parkland on the grounds of Diswellstown House as an amenity for prospective buyers of the new homes. Purchasers will also benefit from Tír na nÓg, a public park just 100 metres from the Porterstown Road scheme.
The first 60 properties at Diswellstown Manor were sold in the wake of the residential estate's initial launch in October. Now the selling agent is bringing the second phase to the market in the form of 12 mainly five-bed semi-detached homes.
Diswellstown Manor is being built for a receiver on behalf of Nama. The huge site had been bought by RQB, a property investment firm backed by developer Paddy Kelly, before the implosion of the property market in 2008. Nama stepped in and appointed David Carson from Deloitte as receiver and the Mullingar-based building contractor Andrews Construction was instructed to turn the site into a housing estate.
The names of the house types at the new development reflect its location opposite the 18 hole Castleknock golf club - the three-bed house style is called the Eagle, the four-beds are named the Fairway, and the five-beds have been dubbed the Links.
The homes on offer in the latest tranche are from the latter two house types, with prices for the four-bed 1,447 sq ft Fairway starting at €530,000.
The five-bed Links homes, which measure 2,038 sq ft and account for most of the current release, cost from €630,000.
The five-beds are laid out over three floors. The living room, kitchen-dining area, utility and guest WC are on the ground floor, with four bedrooms - one of which is ensuite - and a family bathroom on the first level.
The top floor is occupied by a fifth bedroom and walk-in wardrobe, as well as a study room. Some buyers may choose to turn the fifth bedroom into a TV den or playroom.
Outside, the McCrossan O'Rourke Manning-designed properties are finished with a combination of IBStock Chailey bricks and KRend monocouche coloured render. Natural stone granite windowsills, Velux roof windows and timber trusses add to the high-end finishes. The homes' high-performance double-glazed Scandinavian timber windows and doors are supplied by NorDan.
The kitchens have quartz Siletone countertops with inset sinks and painted hardwood doors from Nolans, and the integrated appliances are from Electrolux.
The internal doors are in a Shaker-style solid timber with satin-finish handles, while the timber stairs feature a light oak hardwood handrail and newel posts.
The bathrooms and ensuites have been fitted with Sonas baths, showers, sinks and toilets, and the bedrooms have Brogan Jordan wardrobes and 18mm hardwood-veneered doors.
The front gardens are a mix of permeable paving and soft planting. Treated timber side gates lead to the rear garden.
All of the 12 homes have an A2 energy rating, courtesy of PV solar panels on the roof that generate electricity, a rainwater harvesting system, a heat recovery ventilation system to provide fresh air throughout the house all year round, and an A-rated external gas-fired boiler.
Diswellstown Manor's proximity to local schools is also proving a draw for families. The development has pedestrian access directly to St Patrick's National School to the north, with Scoil Choilm Community National School, Castleknock Community School, Castleknock College and Mount Sackville also within easy reach.
Buyers who commute to the city centre can avail of regular bus services or use the rail service from Castleknock's train station. Castleknock Village is just inside the city's M50 motorway ring road and the N3 Navan Road also services the area.
The showhouses at Diswellstown Manor will be available for viewing today between 12pm and 2pm, and between 2.30pm and 4pm tomorrow and Sunday.