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The cat’s pyjamas: Kelvin Lau and Luc Winkelmolen with their cat Blitzie are delighted with their new apartment in Clongriffin, which they rented before seeing in person. Photo: Mark Condren

The cat’s pyjamas: Kelvin Lau and Luc Winkelmolen with their cat Blitzie are delighted with their new apartment in Clongriffin, which they rented before seeing in person. Photo: Mark Condren

The cat’s pyjamas: Kelvin Lau and Luc Winkelmolen with their cat Blitzie are delighted with their new apartment in Clongriffin, which they rented before seeing in person. Photo: Mark Condren

The high cost of living in one of the country's newest apartment complexes is "worth the money", according to its tenants.

Luc Winkelmolen (31) and his partner Kelvin were among the first tenants to move into the ultra-modern build-to-rent homes in Clongriffin, Dublin.

Paying €1,500 per month for a fully furnished one-bed apartment, their rent includes utility bills, refuse collection, broadband and TV.

The couple can also use the on-site gym, yoga studio, private cinema and a communal lounging area.

However, they had to sign their lease online without ever having viewed the property.

The One Three North development, managed by Vesta, also offers two-bed apartments priced from €1,990 a month and three-beds units at €2,499.

Mr Winkelmolen, a technical engineer from the Netherlands, told the Irish Independent that the amenities included in his rent save him approximately €250 in bills. However, he couldn't imagine how a family with children could afford to live in one of the larger apartments.

"We just moved in on Tuesday and are very impressed with how spacious our place is," he said.

"It was kind of risky signing the lease without seeing the apartment itself, but at the back of my mind I was happy that it was A-rated and accepted cats.

"Yes, it's pricey, but to be honest the rental market has gotten so crazy in Dublin that there are far more expensive places out there.

"In Harold's Cross, there are one-bedroom apartments priced at €2,000 and in the Docklands renters pay €2,850 per month. The amenities here are great and we save a lot of money not having to pay for our internet and gym membership separately, but I can't imagine how any family with kids could afford to live here."

Mr Winkelmolen, who has been renting in Dublin for six years, said a similar apartment in the Netherlands would cost €800 per month.

"The rental market in Ireland is quite crazy in comparison to the Netherlands as there is a very high demand with very few high-quality apartments.

"An apartment like this would set us back about €800 per month, but come unfurnished," he said.

Irish Independent