Thursday 8 December 2016

Shankill launch offers a very good trade-up opportunity

Published 22/05/2016 | 02:30

Woodbank homes include superb master bedroom suites
Woodbank homes include superb master bedroom suites
Shankill interior

Over-egging the attractions of a home is an almost expected weapon of the estate agent's selling arsenal. In the case of Woodbank, a new homes development which launched in Shankill this week, it is not hyperbole to describe the master bedroom suites of these homes as some of the finest on the market at the moment.

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Failings of a master suite include too much space given to the bedroom - after all, there is only so much time you can spend there. Worse: a pokey bedroom leftover after en suite and walk-in-wardrobe have been carved out. Or a walk-in wardrobe, which is in reality a large cupboard, and pokey bathrooms are other common flaws of master suites. All of which are about ticking boxes, rather than providing a practical, but luxurious living space.

In this case, the master suite, which includes a spacious main bedroom, a large double bathroom with double sink, large skylight, sizeable galley-shaped walk-in-wardobe, with access to further storage in the eaves and, unusually, a dressing room, is perfectly proportioned. The crowning touch is a private balcony, which comfortably fits two chairs and a table. Sizes of the master suite range from 38sqm-40.6sqm.

This development, situated on a site of approximately 4.3 acres on the Dublin Road, minutes from the N11, is the latest from Matt Gallagher's company, Ravenshall. Gallagher is a former president of the Construction Industry Federation.

The site, which is adjacent to a primary school and minutes from Shankill village, sits amongst established detached properties and was put together on the grounds of three former homes. In total, the scheme will include 58 units; 40 four-bed homes, terraced, in blocks of six and three, and semi-detached, and 18 apartments and duplexes with two- and three-bed apartments and three-bed with study duplexes.

The four-bed terraces and semi-detached homes are priced from €505,000-€625,000 and are c157-171sqm. The two-bed apartments, c88sqm, are priced from €315,000, the three-bed apartments, c103sqm, are priced from €360,000 and the three-bed with study duplexes, c130-134sqm, from €395,000. This phase sees the release of 25 units to the market, a mixture of apartments and houses.

Standard features include appliances; double ovens and full-sized fridges, a gas hob and freezer, washer and dryer in the utility room. The kitchen/dining room opens out onto a generous patio area in the rear garden. The ground floor also includes a WC, pull-out storage units under the stairs and separate understairs cupboard and a living room with electric fire, above which is a recessed area for the television.

These house are laid out over three floors, although a recessed sloped roof gives the impression from outside of a traditional two-storey layout. The first floor includes a good-sized box room, walk-in hot press, main bathroom with an inset vanity cabinet and Kohler bath and two double bedrooms, one of which has an en suite. All bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.

Shankill sits in a catchment area with Stepaside and Ballinteer. It is the second tier of southside suburbs, more affordable to first-time buyers than the dizzy heights of Rathfarnham, Ranelagh and Terenure. It is within commuting distance and has good transport links. These homes, with a BER of A3, are expected to attract trade-up buyers, particularly those who are finally able to sell the apartments they are currently living in well beyond when they expected to be. The apartments and duplexes were designed with the trade-down market in mind and are spacious, with the duplexes enjoying ground-floor access and many of the two-bed apartments located on the ground floor with private rear gardens.

Address: The Dublin Road, Shankill

Agent: Savills (01) 618 1300

Viewing: Today, 1-3pm; Sat & Sun, 28-29 May, 1-3pm

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