Hamilton Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15
Castleknock has become one of the hot spots for developers of late, with Cosgrave Property Group building a 130-unit residential scheme at Bracken Park off the Carpenterstown Road and Flynn & O'Flaherty selling a new upmarket housing estate at Fairhaven on the Castleknock Road.
Now Park Developments Group, one of the country's oldest developers, is this week releasing the first phase of Hamilton Park in the popular west Dublin suburb. This 50-unit tranche comprises a mix of three and four-bed semi-detached and detached houses.
There are five house types for sale in all in the initial phase of Hamilton Park. There are two types of three-bed 1,205 sq ft semi-detached homes, with prices starting at €395,000.
There are also two styles of four-bed semi-detached houses, which range in size from 1,550 sq ft to 1,615 sq ft and are priced from €490,000. The remaining layout, a four-bed detached property that is 1,689 sq ft in size, is pricier, at €550,000.
The facades of the O'Mahony Pike-designed houses incorporate a mixture of brick and a low-maintenance rendered finish.
Inside, the houses have custom-designed Nolan fitted kitchens with built-in appliances, the bedrooms are fitted with Brogan Jordan wardrobes, and the ensuites come with Grohe showers and extensive wall and floor tiling.
The kitchens in the four-bed houses are equipped with large American-style fridges.
Because the properties have BER ratings of A2 and A3, would-be owners will have significantly lower energy costs than households living in older, similar-sized homes.
The houses are built with timber frames, which act as a natural insulator, their Rationel windows are triple glazed, and solar panels on the roof generate electricity to help heat the water.
The homes are heated using an efficient gas boiler and thermostatically controlled radiators and have a mechanical ventilation/heat recovery system.
The back gardens at Hamilton Park are paved, fenced, levelled and seeded, while the front and side-parking areas are cobble-locked. The properties will overlook five acres of open space when the development is finished.
Park Developments is controlled by Michael Cotter, who was one of the best-known developers of the 1990s and boom years. The developer, whose loans have since been transferred to Nama, began building in the 1960s and is responsible for some of the most high-profile residential and commercial schemes in Dublin, including the Park retail campus in Carrickmines and Hanover Quay, a mixed development of apartments, offices and restaurants in the Grand Canal Docks.
In 1999, Park Developments launched Carrickmines Wood, the first new housing development in Ireland to have prices set higher than IR£1m (€1.27m).
The company has been building in the Castleknock area since the early 1980s and has developed schemes such as Bramley Wood, Carpenterstown Park and Luttrellstown Wood.
Hamilton Park is located off the Diwellstown Road, beside St. Patrick's national school, is a five-minute drive from Castleknock Village, and about seven miles from the centre of Dublin.
Commuters can travel to the city centre from the Arrow rail station, which is just a five-minute walk away, or use the 37 bus.
Show houses for each of the five styles of home available at Hamilton Park will open to the public tomorrow and Sunday, between 2pm and 5pm.
Enquiries to: Sherry FitzGerald New Homes (01) 6671888