Italian jobs attracting buyers keen to have building input
Bagheria and Almese, Old Quarry, Dalkey, Co Dublin
The names of a pair of €1.25m detached contemporary-style homes in the heart of Dalkey reflect the affluent suburb's penchant for Italian place-names like Vico Road and Sorrento Terrace.
One of the planned properties is called after the Sicilian town of Bagheria and the other is named Almese after a town in the other extreme of Italy, the northern region of Piedmont.
The homes will be built in a cul-de-sac beside The Metals, an old track for the metal tramway that carried granite from the now-disused Dalkey Quarry to Dun Laoghaire, where it was used to build the harbour in the 19th century.
The selling agent says the two-storey homes have attracted interest from potential downsizers in the area and from people who want to buy off the plans and finish the homes themselves.
Under the existing plans, the properties are scheduled to be completed by August, but have been brought to market beforehand to give would-be purchasers an opportunity to be involved with key decisions regarding finishes, from kitchen styles to bathroom tiles.
Each of the homes has been designed to have three reception rooms, a study, an open-plan kitchen/living/dining area, a utility, a guest WC and four bedrooms, two of which to be ensuite. There will be landscaped gardens to the front and rear, as well as off-street parking for up to three cars. The A3-rated homes will have Alu-clad tripled-glazed windows from Kokoon and an air-to-water heat exchange with underfloor heating on the ground floor.
Bagheria and Almese will be within a four-minute walk of Dalkey Village and the Dart station. Killiney Golf Club is less than a three-minute drive.
Enquiries to: Vincent Finnegan (01) 284 4312.