Sunday 4 December 2016

The new home view: Tech ready yet energy efficient at Cualanor

Dublin homes come with climate control, USB ports and electric car charge-points

Published 13/05/2016 | 02:30

The three-storey homes at Cualanor.
The three-storey homes at Cualanor.
The open-plan kitchen at Cualanor
There's a newly built playground in the state

Whenever you visit a Cosgrave brothers' site, you'll end up falling over technology. They're into any and all energy-saving gizmos both in and outside.

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Roseland, the first tranche of houses at the vast Cualanor development off Upper Glenageary Road in Dun Laoghaire, opposite their popular Honey Park development, is no different.

Inside you get state of the art heat recovery systems, PV panels, touch-of-a-button climate control and perfectly filtered air.

For most of the year, you won't need the heating on at all and when you do, you can see at a glance and to the cent, how much you're using and saving.

The boiler and pump is kept outside (why isn't this the norm?) and they've geared up for an electric car future with charge points at every unit.

Being green also applies outdoors. There's a dedicated woodland park on 6.5ac, a large playground and an amphitheatre seating space for residents.

The entire area has already been fully landscaped as will all front and rear gardens (including a shed (wired) and back gate access).

Ultimately there will be 175 units, along with apartments currently under construction to the front. For now, there are 25 houses coming to market, of an initial release of 90.

These are four, five or six-bedroomed, depending on the configuration required. Some, for instance, are styled with a second reception room on the first floor, a study/office or playroom instead of living room downstairs. As family needs change, so can the use.

All are over three floors and of similar design. The smaller is 2,205 sq ft and the larger 2,448 sq ft.

The first 25 houses sold will have a full range of kitchen appliances included.

The Alder has a kitchen/dining/seating area to the rear, good quality units and quartz breakfast bar, and handy extras like a USB port under the counter, and centralised Sky/Virgin media installations. A utility, WC and living room up front complete the ground floor.

The first floor has three bedrooms and a bathroom (or two and an entertainment room) while the top floor has a further two rooms and study.

The master is ensuite with walk-in wardrobe. The Birch is a gable-end house, wider and bigger. There is a dual aspect living room and three double bedrooms on each upper floor (again, these can be configured differently).

Price points start at €715,000 for the Alder and €800,000 for Birch. Annual management fees will be €698.

Viewings are today from 12pm-2pm and Saturday and Sunday 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Cualanor,

Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin Asking price: €715,000-€800,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402

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