Slick D8 pad with A-grade energy rating on the market for €650k
A saving to be made in running this new city pad for young urbanites
It's that time of year again when we all start to worry about bills. It feels like the heating is on from morning till night, the dryer is going ninety because we can't put anything out on the line, the lights are turned on at 5pm, and as for the oven slow-roasting the hearty winter dinners...
We try our best to wrap up in more layers to hold off pressing the on switch, we stay in one room and keep lamps and lights off where they're not needed, and we use radiators for the clothes instead of throwing them into the dryer. So why do we still get a shockingly high bill after all our best efforts? We promise that next month we'll do things differently to bring the cost down, but we really need to think bigger than an extra pair of socks to see the savings.
There are grants available through the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) for upgrading your home to make it more efficient. You can get up to €300 to insulate your attic, €1,800 to dry line the wall of a semi-d or €1,200 towards solar heating. Lagging jackets, low-energy light bulbs and regular boiler servicing are all also recommended.
Exorbitant bills would not be a concern for the new owners of The Lodge on St Vincent's Street, Dublin 8, for this newly built city pad has that much coveted 'A' grade energy rating.
It's fitted with a Mitsubishi Ecodan air-to-water heating system, which reduces CO2 emissions, as well as your heating costs. The walls and floors have been lagged with high grade insulation, there are low-energy radiators and a climate control wall panel. All windows are Rationel alu-clad, which have a 40-year life expectancy.
Irish homes usually fall into the C and D BER categories. A home with a D1 rating would set you back about €2,600 a year in heating bills, while an A rating would only cost roughly €300, according to the SEAI. It's a significant saving that prospective owners should find very appealing.
The Lodge is a three-bedroom home designed by Collins Maher Martin Architects. The 1,560 sq ft property lies behind automated gates, out of sight on a busy city street.
The parquet oak flooring begins in the hall and continues throughout the ground floor. The open-plan living area includes the kitchen/living and dining room.
The kitchen is fitted with bespoke Ornan units made of solid ash and painted grey. There is a breakfast bar with high stools and Verona quartz marble worktops. Appliances included in the sale are an integrated Indesit fridge/freezer, dishwasher, oven and electric hob. There is a fully plumbed utility room with washing machine and dryer off the kitchen, and an extra storage area.
A double bedroom and shower room complete the accommodation on this level. This downstairs room would make a good guest room, or even an Airbnb option, as it has access to its own bathroom.
The two bedrooms upstairs are carpeted and with built-in wardrobes. The master has an en-suite bathroom with walk-in shower, and there is also a family bathroom with a large bath.
There is a pebbled driveway to the front of the house with limestone paving and space for two cars. The borders have been planted with low-maintenance shrubs. To the rear of the house is a long courtyard that can be accessed from the kitchen that is paved in Indian sandstone. The house is fully alarmed and has Cat 5 wiring throughout.
It would make a good home for young urbanites as it's only a five-minute walk to Camden and Harcourt Street.
St Vincent's Street has single-storey red-bricks on one side and flats on the other. It's just beyond Leonard's Corner, so there is plenty in the way of pubs and restaurants on your doorstep. A quick walk will take you up to The Fumbally cafe, home of the hipster and reasonably priced, quality food. If you head down the South Circular Road, you'll be spoiled for choice. For drinks there's the old reliable Bleeding Horse, Cassidy's, Back Door and DTwo.
Dining out options aren't bad either with the exciting and contemporary Delahunt on Camden Street, or Sophie's at the Dean Hotel, where you can eat and drink cocktails in the rooftop restaurant.
A 10-minute walk will take you to St Stephen's Green, so this property could be a real saver when it comes to travel costs. If you need to go further than the city, there are many bus routes that go down the South Circular Road and the Luas green line stops at Harcourt Street.
The Lodge is for sale through Quillsen (01 4064500) with an asking price of €650,000.
St Vincent's Street, Dublin 8
Asking price: €650,000
Agent: Quillsen (01) 4064500