New home view: Sunny days are here again at Abbot's Grove
Elevated abodes come with views of Dublin Bay and south-facing gardens
The middle-class south Dublin suburb of Knocklyon typically attracts families seeking to trade up to the once-rural village first settled by their parents' and grandparents' generation from the 1970s onwards. However, the new generation who yearn to live in the environs of their childhood often find themselves priced out of the leafy neighbourhood.
Abbot's Grove, on the outskirts of Knocklyon on the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, is one of the few new Dublin 16 developments where homes can be sourced for less than €500,000. The scheme of 88 properties was first launched in September, with a phase of duplexes selling for as little as €310,000 following in November.
The development is wrapping up with the last release of houses, which is called Abbot's Grove Park. This tranche consists of 14 three and four-bed semi-detached homes. Prices start at €435,000 for a three-bed with 1,195 sq ft of space and at €485,000 for a 1,432 sq ft four-bed.
The scheme, located on Stocking Avenue, is being developed on a seven acre site by Francis Rhatigan's Winterbook. The entrance to the DDA Architects-designed Abbot's Grove is flanked by two stainless steel columns, which were created by the late Conor Fallon.
Because Abbot's Grove is situated on an incline, it commands views across Dublin City and Dublin Bay. All the homes in the latest release have south-facing back gardens to maximise those rare warm sunny days. An on-site playground at Abbot's Grove is almost finished.
There is a range of styles and layouts among the final phase that will appeal to a variety of purchasers. All the styles are named after rivers.
Ten of the properties are from the Bandon type, a three-bed end-of-terrace design extending over 1,197 sq ft, while two are from The Foyle, a four-bed detached type with 1,510 sq ft of accommodation spread out over three floors. The remaining two homes are from the Nore style, a semi-detached home with a full-brick façade and 1,432 sq ft of living space. There are two parking spaces for each house.
Like the exteriors, the kitchens have a contemporary design. Each one is fitted with high-end worktops and upstands, soft-close doors and drawers, while all the bedrooms have wardrobes in a classic shaker-style with soft-close hinges.
The homes have an A3 BER. An A-rated gas condensing boiler provides central heating, which, in turn, can be controlled by a Climote system.
Commuters who buy at Abbot's Grove will have the 15 and 15B bus stops on their doorstep and Dundrum Town Centre is a 13-minute drive away.
Viewings will be held at the showhouses for the Bandon house type this weekend from 12pm-2pm tomorrow and Sunday, and the sales suite is located at the Dodder, a three-bed, three-storey house style that has sold out.
Knocklyon, Dublin 16
Asking price: €435,000-€485,000
Agent: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888