A touch of history gives scheme extra appeal
The second phase of a low-density development launches in Carrickmines this weekend, writes Liadan Hynes
The presence of a period house in the grounds of a new homes development is a sure-fire way to lend extra appeal. The heritage that comes with a fine old building can add a focal point and prevent the bland uniformity that new developments can occasionally suffer from.
In addition, the grounds of stately homes usually lend themselves to lower density sites, which typically tend to feel more characterful than larger new homes projects.
The grounds may also provide additional original features dotted here and there throughout the development - crumbling old walls with attractively textured brick, a gate lodge or old coach house, mature trees - it's the kind of thing which cannot be faked or grafted on afterwards.
Rockville, on the Glenamuck Road in Carrickmines, Dublin 18, originally launched in October of last year.
Set around Rockville House, the site includes both a gate lodge and a walled garden dating back to the 18th Century. The walled garden is currently being restored and when finished will be an attractive landscaped area for residents to enjoy.
Rockville House itself and the gate lodge will be released at a later date; the gate lodge is to be extended, and currently it is expected to be a three-bedroom unit.
Brought to the market by Maplewood Homes, this scheme when completed will include three-, four- and five-bedroom homes, as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments.
Only two of the original 16 houses launched last year are still available. This weekend sees the launch of a new three-bedroom show house; all previously launched three-bedroom units were sold from plan.
Sixteen houses will be released in this phase: six three-bedroom mid-terrace units, approximately 109.4sqm-143.7sqm, from €485,000- €545,000, two three-bedroom end-of-terrace units, approximately 109.4sqm, from €500,000, and eight three-bedroom semi-detached houses, approximately 125.6sqm-129.3sqm, from €530,000-€550,000.
The two houses remaining from the original launch are four-bedroom units, a four-bedroom mid-terrace unit, approximately 145sqm, from €570,000, and a four-bedroom end-of-terrace unit, approximately 154.4sqm, from €620,000.
Fitted bespoke kitchens come in a range of colour choices, quartz worktops with upstands and splashback are standard, and the appliance package includes integrated larder fridge, under-counter freezer, dishwasher, stainless steel electric range and extractor fan.
Large walk-in showers are fitted in all en suites, with slate-black shower trays, pressurised shower systems with rainhead shower fittings.
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