Follow the yellow brick abode
Ardilea Crescent, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14 Asking price: €875,000-€1.35m Agent: Hooke & MacDonald (01) 6318 402
In the late 1960s, the first residential estates began to spring up in Ardilea in Clonskeagh, near the then newly transferred UCD campus in Belfield.
The names of these cul-de-sacs are a roll-call of internationally renowned universities, from Louvain and the Sorbonne to American Ivy League schools like Yale, Harvard and Stanford.
Among those enclaves is Heidelberg, and it is just off this leafy setting that home buyers can find Ardilea Crescent, a development being built by O'Malley Construction that is launching for the first time this weekend.
The new scheme, southwest of Belfield, has been designed and marketed with the top end of the south Dublin residential market in mind, with prices starting at €875,000.
O'Malley Construction, one of Galway's largest builders, is building 26 large four and five-bedroom family homes at Ardilea Crescent, eight of which are being released in the first phase this weekend. A later phase on the landscaped five-acre site will comprise 48 apartments.
The developer has built some 10,000 homes throughout its 45 years in business, including a slew of residential estates in Dublin.
These include Ballsbridge Wood in Dublin 4, Sunbury Gardens in Dartry, and Churchfields in Milltown.
In Galway, the company is preparing to launch a new phase at Réileán, a mix of semi-detached homes, terraced properties and townhouses in Roscam, along the picturesque Galway Bay coastline.
The exteriors of the three-storey homes at Ardilea Crescent, designed by architecture firm McCrossan O'Rourke Manning, are finished in yellow brick with granite surrounds around the windows. There is a selection of house styles for sale at the launch, namely the B, B1, A1 and A2 types, all of which are laid out over three floors.
Among the A types are four-bed semi-detached houses with a floor area of 2,423 sq ft and prices starting at €1.05m.
The four-beds in the B plan measure 2,121 sq ft and cost from €875,000. There is also one five-bed semi-detached house available, from the A2 type, that spans 3,114sq ft and is priced from €1.35m.
The homes have Mayfair kitchens from Nolan Kitchens' Signature range. These solid-wood painted kitchens come with natural stone worktops and integrated AEG appliances, including a five-ring hob, a built-in microwave and a multi-function oven combi.
There is extra workspace, cabinets and a washing machine and separate condenser dryer in the utility room.
In the living room, there is an ornate Clandon fireplace from Stone Facings, finished with Portuguese honed limestone and framing a sealed gas fire.
All of the bathrooms and ensuites have Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware. The bedroom wardrobes are also from Nolans. The master bedroom is on the top floor and features a large walk-in wardrobe and dresser unit.
Outside, the properties have either a paved or a decked patio area and a pressure-treated shed in the back garden. To the front are paved driveways with space for two cars.
The Ardilea Crescent homes come with either an A2 or A3 energy rating and are fitted with PV panels to generate solar power, thereby reducing electricity bills.
A heat recovery ventilation system captures the heat energy in the air leaving the house and uses it to heat the incoming fresh air. There is underfloor heating to the ground floors.
Ardilea Crescent is close to recreational facilities such as the Deer Park tennis and sports grounds and the golf courses at Elm Park and Milltown.
Commuters can use the Luas stop at Churchtown or the regular bus services into Dublin City Centre.
Hooke & MacDonald will be holding viewings for the show house when it opens for the first time today, between 12pm and 2pm.
Viewing continues tomorrow and Sunday, between 11.30am and 1pm.