New home view: Edwardian style in Citywest
Imposing period-design features and services may prove temptation for first-time buyers
The red-brick homes with slate roofs and granite windowsills that dominate streetscapes in Dublin villages like Ranelagh and Sandymount may be out of reach for many first-time buyers. But at the Citywest Village, they have the next best thing.
Indeed, these old villages proved the inspiration for the Edwardian-style houses and streetscapes at the Citywest development, right down to the park modelled on Sandymount Green that's planned for the site near the scheme's Luas stop.
The first phase of 40 units at Citywest Village was sold during the April launch weekend, and the first residents have since moved in, so a second tranche of 30 homes is being released there this weekend.
The west Dublin scheme is being developed by Davy Hickey Properties, a partnership between stockbroker Davy and developer Brendan Hickey that has built residential projects such as Ailesbury Wood in Dublin 4.
The venture is best known, however, for developing Citywest Business Campus. Located just off the N7 Dublin-Limerick road, the business park has 8,000 employees and counts blue-chip companies such as drug-maker Pfizer, consumer goods giant Unilever, and software companies SAP and Adobe among its tenants. There is also a shopping centre, restaurants, a service station, crèche and two schools at the business park.
Davy Hickey was one of several companies that co-funded a 4.2km extension of the Tallaght Luas red line to the Citywest Business Campus during the boom. However, the implosion of the economy and property market delayed the opening of the Luas extension until 2011.
The recovery has enabled Davy Hickey to propel ahead with plans for Citywest Village, though it faced another obstacle earlier this year when it was denied planning from South Dublin County Council for 142 houses and apartments on a site next to Citywest Village. A decision on a planning appeal is due later this month.
Citywest Village will consist of 339 homes when it is finished. Most of the block-built homes are traditional two-storey, three-bed homes, each with two dedicated parking spaces.
A three-bed townhouse measuring between 1,173 sq ft and 1,216 sq ft costs from €305,000, a price increase of €10,000 from the previous phase. The semi-detached versions measure between 1,184 sq ft and 1,335 sq ft and are selling from €317,500.
Designed by Conroy Crowe Kelly Architects, period-design features include granite to the windowsills and thresholds, Avon red brick, brick arches to the covered porches, and slate roofs. Inside, there are extra-high ceilings to the ground floor.
The block-built homes have shaker-style fitted kitchens from Nolan Kitchens, as well as sanitary ware, heated towel rails and extensive porcelain floor and wall tiling to the bathrooms and ensuites. All the bedrooms, except for the box rooms, will have fitted wardrobes. Each back garden has a paved patio, a planted tree, block rear walls, and timber-post fencing to the sides.
With an A3 BER, the homes at Citywest Village are extremely efficient to run.
A new primary school, Scoil Aoife, has recently opened just opposite Citywest Village. For commuters, the Luas red line passes right through Citywest Village, with departures every 10 minutes during rush hour.
Three showhouses at Citywest Village, styled by Ventura Design, will be open tomorrow and Sunday, from 2pm to 4pm.
Citywest Village, Citywest, Dublin 24
Asking price: €305,000-€317,500
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 677 1888