Take a virtual reality tour at Rokeby Park
Rokeby Park, Lucan, Co Dublin
When Rokeby Park near the riverside village of Lucan was launched last year, prospective buyers could take a virtual walkthrough of the properties before they were built.
Samsung and Sherry FitzGerald used Rokeby Park to pilot a virtual reality platform to enable would-be buyers conduct a viewing by wearing Samsung VR gear headsets.
This technology, which will be rolled out to other new Sherry FitzGerald developments, will also be available this weekend. But this time, house-hunters can also view the homes on offer in real life, thanks to a new show house being opened at Rokeby Park.
The show house was designed to promote a new house type at the development, namely a four-bed detached bungalow called The Sandpiper.
There will ultimately be 11 of these homes at the scheme, with five of them being released this weekend. The west Dublin development, near the 200ac of woodland and grassland at St Catherine's Park, will eventually have 71 four and five-bed family houses in a variety of styles.
The Clonee Road properties, which would suit families seeking to trade up to larger homes, were developed by O'Flynn Capital Partners, led by Cork developer Michael O'Flynn.
They were designed by Hogan Architecture to take advantage of the large sites and the verdant setting and, as a result, have larger-than-standard floor-to-ceiling heights and a low density, with just four houses per acre.
The Sandpiper bungalows at Rokeby Park have a large ground floor reception room to the front and a kitchen/dining room to the rear of the property. There is a wood-burning stove in the second reception room. Upstairs, there are four bedrooms, two of which are ensuite, and a family bathroom.
The Sandpiper comes with a choice of two styles of elevation and the floor area measures 1,922 sq ft. The selling agent says it would suit buyers trading down from a larger property, those who need a single-level house, or buyers who might need to expand at a later stage as they can convert or build into the attic space, pending planning permission. Prices start at €675,000.
The houses come with a building energy rating of A2, so home-owners moving from standard properties of a similar size can potentially cut their heating bills in half.
Lucan itself is less than 15km from Dublin and a new traffic management plan has eased congestion around the Lucan Weir. Rokeby Park is 1km from the village.
The show houses have been fitted out by The Good Room, run by interior designer Jennifer Grace. They are available for viewing tomorrow and Sunday, between 12pm and 2pm.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald (New Homes) (01) 6671888.