Friday 22 September 2017

In pictures: Peek inside the retro Dublin homes you'd love to see the key to under the tree on Christmas morning

Modern, energy-efficient living lies behind a traditional facade

The main living room which flows through to an open-plan kitchen/dining room
The main living room which flows through to an open-plan kitchen/dining room
The dining room
The exterior of the property
The bathroom
The master bedroom
The rear garden
The open-plan kitchen/dining room
A reception room
A bedroom
Kitchen with French doors leading out to the back garden

Katy McGuinness

Launched in April of this year, the small development of Brookwood has just two houses remaining on the market, so anyone who has been harbouring an interest in this cul-de-sac of five large homes, but has yet to do anything about it, will need to act with speed.

Number 4 is a five-bedroom detached property that would make a fine and generous present for anyone who might appreciate finding the keys to a substantial period-style home in one of Dublin's best suburbs under the tree on Christmas morning.

A potential purchaser with less altruistic intentions, and cash in the bank, might just manage to get their act together and take up residence in time to deck the halls, put a big bronze free-range turkey into the oven and start popping the corks.

Identical to the showhouse shown on the selling agent's website, Number 4 is one of three five-bedroom detached houses in the development.

The dining room
The dining room

There is also a pair of four-bedroom semi-detached houses, one of which is back on the market at €750,000, having previously been reserved.

These smaller homes have 1883 sq ft of living space, while the larger detached houses offer 2152 sq ft.

Located just a few minutes' walk from Castleknock train station, from where there is a regular service into the city centre, the Brookwood development combines traditional aesthetics with contemporary materials and techniques.

The developer is Barina New Homes, a company associated with the Langan family who are well-known in the Castleknock area.

Lorraine Langan took the lead on the development, and supervised the interior decoration of the show house.

While Number 4 bears more than a superficial resemblance to the solid Edwardian homes that you'll find in pockets all over Dublin - built by esteemed firms such as Crampton and Strain - it differs in many respects; these will appeal to those who prefer to live in a energy-efficient home than in a chilly museum.

The exterior of the property
The exterior of the property

One of the features contributing to the property's impressive A3 BER is an up-to-the-minute Dimplex air to air heat pump system.

The size of the house makes it an attractive proposition both for families trading up from smaller houses in the area, and for those down-sizing from larger, older properties, and the layout is intended to be flexible enough to accommodate every age and stage of life.

To the left of the entrance hall, for instance, is a living room that could also be deployed as a playroom for families with young children, or as an office for someone working from home.

To the right is a living room with a working fireplace, with double doors leading to the open-plan kitchen/dining room.

The kitchen is by Nolan Kitchens, and features a large island unit, soft-close doors and drawers, under-cabinet lighting, quartz stone worktops and integrated kitchen appliances. French doors lead out to the rear garden.

Upstairs, there are four double bedrooms and one single. Two of the doubles are en suite, and there is also a family bathroom.

Kitchen with French doors leading out to the back garden
Kitchen with French doors leading out to the back garden

There is a large insulated attic room, which is not included in the quoted floor area of the house.

It's a space that could function as a teenage den, home office or man cave, depending on the purchaser's requirements.

Castleknock Village is within five minutes' walk of the house, and offers a diverse range of shops and restaurants.

The master bedroom
The master bedroom

There are smart boutiques and salons, as well as stores catering for more mundane, everyday needs.

The Butler's Pantry is one of the village's best assets, offering everything from coffee and cookies as a mid-morning pick-me-up to all that might be required (including staff) for a dinner party for 20 people or a wedding for 200.

Schools in the area include Castleknock College, Mount Sackville, Castleknock Community College, Castleknock National School, St. Brigid's National School, Castleknock Educate Together, Scoil Thomais and St. Patrick's National School at Diswellstown, giving families a terrific choice for all ages, educational needs and religious preferences.

Sports and leisure facilities nearby include the National Aquatic Centre, which is home to the largest tennis campus in the country.

There's also the Phoenix Park, which must be the best recreational amenity it is possible for a Dubliner to have on their doorstep, particularly for those who like to cycle, run or just enjoy a stroll.

4 Brookwood,

Castleknock, Dublin 15

Asking price: €955,000

Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402

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