Meet in the library lounge at Knockrabo
Knockrabo, Mount Anville Road, Dublin 14
Knockrabo, a new development of homes and apartments, is being built on the site of Mount Anville House - an estate in south Dublin that was once the home of Henry Roe, the whiskey distiller who paid for the restoration of Christchurch Cathedral in the late 19th century.
The name of the house was changed to Knockrabo and it later enjoyed turns as a boarding school, a base for the Ski Club of Ireland and as a sports club. In 1984, the house was demolished to make way for a new sports facility.
However, the historic gates that once led to the old house have been restored for the new development and the grounds of the scheme will feature specimen trees that are more than 200 years old. The genteel heritage of the site will also be reflected in a planned library lounge, where residents of Knockrabo can meet their neighbours for coffee or host private functions. A gym and crèche are also planned for the site - subject to planning permission - though a quarter of the land will remain as open space.
The scheme is being built by Maplewood, the developer behind recent developments such as Sion Hill Park in Drumcondra and Dodderbrook in Ballycullen. Just as it did with those two schemes, Maplewood has teamed up with equity partner Broadhaven Credit Partners to develop Knockrabo. There are plans in the first phase for 98 homes, with 47 houses and 51 apartments, all opposite the prestigious Mount Anville girls' schools.
For now, there are 23 houses being released, all named after trees. Prices for the three-bed detached houses start at €785,000, with the four-bed terraced version costing from €775,000. The four-bed end-of-terrace homes are priced from €800,000, while the four-bed semi-detached design costs from €810,000.
There are two four-bed detached houses costing from €875,000 and eight five-bed semi-detached houses with a price-tag of €920,000.
There's parking out front for two cars and wiring to facilitate a charging point for an electric car.
Viewings of the showhouses at Knockrabo began yesterday and will continue today, from 1pm-3pm, as well as between 2pm-4pm tomorrow and Sunday.
Enquiries to: DNG New Homes (01) 4912600