Thursday 19 October 2017

New home view: Coastal living in Dublin city

Showhouse now for sale with views of Dublin Bay and within walking distance of St Anne’s Park

Lonsdale, Dublin 5
Lonsdale, Dublin 5

Gabrielle Monaghan

When Lonsdale was launched on May 11, the high-end development on the Howth Road - near St Anne's Park, the coastal cycleway and Bull Island - sold out within three hours.

While 15 four- and five-bed homes went off the market in record time, the scheme's 16th property, the showhouse, is now for sale. The three-storey house sits on the front row of Lonsdale, so its master bedroom on the top floor commands views across Dublin Bay

Lonsdale, an infill development at 726-728 Howth Road, is officially in the townland of Blackbanks but is within walking distance of Raheny village. It was built by Clontarf-based MKN Property Group, the developer behind recent Clontarf schemes such as Churchfield and Seascape.

MKN acquired a property, Haremount, at 726 Howth Road in 2007 and bought Lonsdale, a neighbouring old house, in 2014 at a knock-down price. It then combined the land to create Lonsdale.

At the Lonsdale showhouse, an electric gate with an intercom system leads to a stone pebble driveway and landscaped front garden. The façade of No. 1 Lonsdale is finished in a combination of render and Village Sunglow clay brick. There is also zinc cladding between the first floor and ground-floor bay windows, as well as granite to the sills of the triple-glazed Rational windows. To the rear is a private garden and granite-paved patio with storage shed.

Inside, the 2,077 sq ft property has five bedrooms, two of which are ensuite. The €890,000 price tag includes integrated appliances, carpets and wood flooring. The showhouse was styled by Niamh McKeon, the MKN director responsible for interior design.

On the ground floor, a hallway leads to a formal living room with a Turkish limestone fireplace and Wanders gas fire, all from Dublin-based Lamartine. Double doors connect the living room to a large kitchen/dining/family room flooded with light from a bank of long windows that encompasses a set of French doors to the garden and from rooflights. On the first floor are four bedrooms (one ensuite) and a family bathroom. The master bedroom on the second floor is also ensuite.

The fitted kitchen is contemporary in style and comes from Kube's Leicht range. It features Siemens appliances and a breakfast bar at the island unit.

At the A2-rated house, the central heating is supplied by an energy- efficient condensing gas boiler while solar panels heat the domestic water.

Viewings of the Lonsdale showhouse are by appointment.

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