Monday 21 October 2019

Hit the heights in Clontarf with views of Aviva and mountains

Wood Ville Clontarf, Dublin 3

Asking price: From €950,000

Agent: Gallagher Quigley (01) 818 3000

Wood Ville: The open-plan kitchen/diner has a dual-aspect living area in the extension that leads to the large rear garden
Wood Ville: The open-plan kitchen/diner has a dual-aspect living area in the extension that leads to the large rear garden
The large rear garden
The three-storey homes

Wood Ville, a new private gated development in Clontarf, is named after a large historic home that once sat on the Howth Road. The new houses on the site are tall enough to command views of the city's skyline, including the Aviva Stadium and the Pigeon House chimneys, and of the Dublin Mountains.

Two vacant bungalows, built on the infill site in the 1920s and 1930s, were demolished to make way for six four-bed detached homes to be built on their large plots.

Three of the new enclave's family homes have just been released, with the remaining three due to go on the market in a few weeks' time. Prices for the 2,029-sq ft, three-storey homes start at €950,000.

Wood Ville's location, just off the upmarket suburb's Castle Avenue and a few minutes' walk away from Clontarf promenade, has attracted prospective buyers who had been hunting for second-hand properties in the area, according to selling agent Deirdre Kervick.

"Some of the potential buyers I've met were looking at second-hand three-bed semis in Clontarf," she says. "But by the time they'd get the required renovation work done, they were looking at over €1m for a semi-d, which is more than they'd pay for a four-bed detached new home that's a finished product.

"As well as people trading up from Clontarf, I'm meeting couples moving from the UK with their families and returning expats."

Externally, the Wood Ville houses have a red-brick finish to the front bay and around the canopy over the front door, with render to the rest of the façade. There are powder-coated metal sills to the large triple-glazed, alu-clad windows that fill each house with natural light. On the second floor, the master ensuite opens onto a balcony that maximises the city and sea views.

The rear gardens are larger than those at standard new-builds in Dublin, Kervick says. Buyers also have the option to include a Steeltech storage shed in the garden, which already comes with a rear patio, external lighting and a treated-timber side gate.

The interior of the homes was designed to offer a flexible living layout for families. Up front, there is a living room with space for a dining table. The L-shaped open-plan kitchen/diner to the rear has a kitchen island with a breakfast bar and a dual-aspect living area in the extension that leads out to the garden.

The contemporary-style kitchen from O'Rourke Kitchens has shaker-style units painted in Colourtrend's Arctic Blonde and Templar Grey, as well as Silestone worktops, upstands and a backsplash finished in a white arabesque quartz. There is tiling to the floor, LED lighting under the soft-close cabinets, and Neff integrated appliances.

A utility room with built-in cabinets and worktops - as well as a separate Bosch washing machine and dryer - ensures that clutter is kept to a minimum, while a Beam central vacuum system helps keep the floors clean.

On the first floor, there are three bedrooms, one of which is ensuite, and a family bathroom. The second floor is home to the master ensuite that opens onto the front balcony and to a study/den. The master bedroom is fitted with Cologne shaker-style wardrobes in a light grey, while the other bedrooms have handle-less wardrobes. There is porcelain floor and wall tiling to the bathrooms and ensuites, as well as chrome heated towel rails, bespoke mirrors and built-in vanity units.

The houses, which were designed to achieve either an A1 or A3 BER, are equipped with an air-to-water heat pump that provides underfloor heating to the ground floor and radiator heating to the upper floors. A Beam heat recovery and ventilation system delivers a constant supply of fresh air while recovering as much as 91pc of the outgoing heat energy.

Wood Ville is beside a SuperValu supermarket and is just down the road from St Anne's Park, with its rose garden, café, park run, and weekly farmers market. The Killester Dart station is across the road from Wood Ville, and buses to Dublin city centre, which is just 5km away, stop right outside Wood Ville's private electric gates.

Viewings at Wood Ville are being held every Saturday, from 2.30pm to 3.30pm, or by appointment.

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