Saturday 24 June 2017

21st century passive houses hit D24

Silken Park, Citywest, Dublin 24

Silken Park
Silken Park

The new phase of Silken Park, a scheme of two-bed, three-bed and four-bed houses in west Co Dublin, is expected to draw first-time buyers seeking an affordable home built to passive house standards.

Located just off the Naas Road at the Kingswood exit, the scheme is surrounded by the Citywest Business Campus, one of the largest in the country, with employers such as Adobe, Glanbia, Pfizer, SAP and Unilever and onsite amenities like restaurants, shops and a crèche.

A mix of houses and apartments at Silken Park was first launched in 2007 by Durkan Residential, led by Patrick Durkan. The third phase, across the road from the original tranche and a short walk from the Luas, will have 59 brand-new homes, 33 of which will be released this weekend, with the remainder due later this year.

"Whilst they share the same name, the 2017 product is vastly different to phase one and two, in that it has been constructed under the passive housing standards - one of the only schemes in the country to meet this standard," said Colm Byrne from selling agent JLL.

Units at Silken Park first went up for sale in 2007, when prices started at €395,000 for two-bed houses with a study. This time, prices for a two-bed mid-terrace plus study - measuring 904 sq ft - start at €249,950, rising to €259,950 for an end-of-terrace version. A three-bed end-of-terrace and a three-bed semi-detached unit, both of which have 1,206 sq ft of space, cost from €294,950, while a 1,453 sq ft four-bed semi-D is priced from €345,000. The latter has an L-shaped ground floor, with a family room off the kitchen/dining space that overlooks patio doors opening onto the garden.

The properties are traditional in appearance, but the energy-efficient credentials are fully 21st century: the development is certified as a Passive House, an internationally standard that guarantees a home is airtight, super-efficient, and maintains regular levels of heat and ventilation for a healthier living environment. The most notable benefit for home-owners is significantly lower energy bills. All the houses are hardwired for an exterior power point to charge electric vehicles.

Inside, the specially designed Shaker-style kitchens are in contemporary grey. There is an island feature in the two and three-bed A-type houses and a breakfast bar in the four-bed C and D types.

The A3-rated homes will feature triple-glazed windows that act as "radiators" during sunny periods to contribute to heat gain as well as minimising heat loss.

Silken Park is a 1km walk from the Cheeverstown and Citywest Campus stops on the Luas red line. It is also a short drive away from Citywest Shopping Centre, the Avoca food market and retail centre, and the M7 and M50, at exit nine.

The showhouses are open tomorrow and Sunday, and are on view from 2pm to 4pm.

Enquiries to: JLL (New Homes) (01) 673160

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