Tuesday 17 October 2017

New home view: Bracken's central perks

Castleknock scheme surrounds a playground, park, picnic area and jogging paths

The extended kitchen/family room forms the centrepiece of the properties at Bracken Park
The extended kitchen/family room forms the centrepiece of the properties at Bracken Park

Over the millennia, Castleknock has, at various stages, been home to the Celts, the Norse, the Welsh, the Normans and the English. As the suburb is on the doorstep of the 1,752-ac Phoenix Park, Dublin Zoo and the former Guinness estate of Farmleigh, it's no surprise that it remains a popular destination amongst modern-day settlers.

As the economic recovery gradually began to take hold in 2014, developers were quick to cater to that enduring appetite for new homes in Castleknock, and schemes including Fairhaven, Hamilton Park, Cottonwood, Diswellstown Manor and Brookwood were born.

On the Carpenterstown Road, which adjoins the Phoenix Park at White's Gate, lies Bracken Park, a development set in the former gardens of Garryknock and surrounded by century-old trees from the original estate.

Since Bracken Park was first launched three years ago, developer Cosgrave Property Group has added a playground, central park, picnic area and tree-lined jogging paths to the scheme.

The development, sandwiched between Blanchardstown and Castleknock Village, is made up of mid-market apartments and houses. The final four homes from the last phase at Bracken Park are now being released for sale. This batch consists of four and five-bed properties, ranging in size from 1,851 sq ft to 2,508 sq ft, with starting prices going from €665,000 to €750,000.

The exteriors of the houses are traditional in style, with rich brick and stone facades, high ceilings and large windows but, inside, a slew of contemporary features have been incorporated.

The kitchen units have a high-gloss finish and beige quartz worktops, all from Nolan Kitchens. Indeed, the extended kitchen/family room forms the centrepiece of the house, with double doors opening on to a patio and garden. Upstairs, all the bedrooms come with wardrobes from Cawleys Furniture's Curragh Deluxe range. The two-storey four-beds have a study on the first floor, while the five-beds, laid out over three floors, have a family entertainment room.

Michael Cosgrave, a director at the family-run property developer, was a pioneer of eco-friendly residential developments in Ireland, having spent time in Sweden, Denmark and Germany to research sustainable construction methods and building design.

The energy-efficiency results and passive house principles were applied at Cosgrave schemes like Bracken Park, where the homes come with an A2 BER and eco-credentials such as an A-rated condensing gas boiler, PV panels and a heat-recovery ventilation system to supply a constant stream of fresh air and recycle the heat energy from the air.

The developer also introduced Prepago, an app that allows residents to switch their heating on or off when they are away from their home, and a GoCar car hire facility at Bracken Park.

The scheme is adjacent to several prestigious schools, shopping amenities, sports facilities and is about a 15-minute drive to the city centre.

Would-be buyers who like to commute by public transport can walk the 1km to the Coolmine arrow station, which is on the Maynooth-to-Dublin rail line or take the 37 bus to St Stephen's Green.

The showhouses at Bracken Park are on view by appointment.

Bracken Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15 Asking price: €665,000-€750,000 Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318402

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