Time to get into the Grove
Abbot's Grove, Knocklyon, D6 Asking price: €369,000-€425,000 Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 667 1888
lovers of Irish sculpture may recognise the two stainless steel columns that flank the entrance to Abbot's Grove, a new development in Knocklyon being built by Francis Rhatigan's Winterbook. They were designed by the late Conor Fallon, a sculptor and member of Aosdána noted for his work in large-scale cast steel and bronze.
Rhatigan was prompted to install the steel columns at his latest development after his friend Patrick O'Reilly, an artist and sculptor, mentioned that the works were in need of a new home.
Winterbrook is developing Abbot's Grove at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains. Thanks to the scheme's elevated site, the planned 88 homes at Abbot's Grove will have views of Dublin city.
Some 30 homes will be released as part of a first phase this weekend and are due to be completed next month. The entire development is scheduled to finish at the end of 2017.
Winterbrook has promised the new estate on the 7ac-site will be a low-density scheme. The three- and four-bed houses are aimed at both first-time buyers and growing families looking for a larger home that has access to the M50 motorway.
The middle-class south Dublin suburb of Knocklyon typically attracts families seeking to trade up to the neighbourhood first settled by their parents' generation the 1970s and 1980s, transforming what was, up to then, a sleepy rural village. Winterbrook was also behind the neighbouring Dalriada, a mixed development of apartments, duplexes and houses on a 12ac-site across the road from Hunterswood. Construction started on Dalriada in 2006 under another Rhatigan incarnation, Ellier Developments, and the final tranche was completed by Winterbrook.
There are three show homes on view at Abbot's Grove. They have been designed by leading interior designers Optimise Design, the company created by Denise O'Connor, who has presented on RTE's Design Doctors.
There will be a variety of house types for sale at the development, all of which are named after rivers. Prices for The Bandon, a three-bed end-of-terrace extending over 1,197 sq ft, will start at €384,000, while The Slaney, a three-bed mid-terrace style with 1,122 sq ft of accommodation, is priced from €369,000. The Foyle is a four-bed detached dwelling measuring 1,510 sq ft and costing from €425,000. In future phases, there will be more three-bed styles, called The Dargle and The Dodder.
The exterior of the homes are a mix of brick and coloured render, and there are two car spaces designated to each house. The A-rated uPVC double-glazed windows and patio doors are from Munster Joinery windows and patio doors.
Inside, the contemporary-style kitchens come with high-end worktops and upstands, soft-close doors and drawers, as well as a breakfast bar in some house types. All of the bedrooms are fitted with classic shaker-style wardrobes with soft-close hinges. The main bathrooms and ensuites have Twyford sanitary ware, heated towel rails, polished chrome fittings, and porcelain wall and floor tiling.
In-keeping with the latest building regulations, the homes have a high energy efficiency rating, at A3. An A-rated gas condensing boiler that provides central heating can be controlled by a Climote system. All the radiators are fitted with thermostatic valves to allow for additional heat control. PV panels on the roof generate electricity, and a mechanical heat recovery ventilation system extracts stale air and pushes back in fresh cool air.
Commuters who buy at Abbot's Grove will have the 15 and 15B bus stops on their doorstep, connecting them with the centre of Dublin in about 20 minutes. The M50 is nearby and can be accessed from Exit 12. Dundrum Town Centre is a 13-minute drive away.
The showhouses at Abbot's Grove will open for viewing tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 5pm.